The Picturesque Port of Plymouth
Plymouth is a perfectly picturesque city on the south coast of Devon that entices thousands of visitors every year with its quaint cobbled quayside, astounding aquarium and vibrantly cosmopolitan culture. The city's enviable location upon the ocean means Plymouth's seafood is some of the finest in the United Kingdom, so ensure you experience the gorgeous gastronomy on offer.
The Soothing Serenity of the Barbican
One of the Plymouth's most alluring areas is the quaint and quintessentially English Barbican area, a quaint and cobbled quayside that houses a glittering array of waterfront restaurants, traditional shops and the historic home of the Mayflower, the ship upon which Sir Francis Drake set sail upon his maiden voyage. The Mayflower Steps are reputed to be the spot from which the Pilgrim Fathers set out to discover the New World in 1620, and are an integral part of Plymouth's rich, historical heritage. Visitors can enjoy a tranquil boat ride around the quayside, enjoy the historic Victorian architecture and convivial atmosphere of the area. Next, visit the intriguing 15th century building of the Blackfriars Distillery, the home of Plymouth's most celebrated export, smooth and delicious gin. Visitors can enjoy unique and tailored tours of the distillery, upon which they'll discover the manufacturing process of gin and sample delicious tasters accompanied by delectable cuisine.
Deep Sea Delights
Relax and rejuvenate in the welcoming atmosphere of Monty's Bistro and Café, located in the heart of Plymouth's historic Barbican area; the quaint café serves a delicious range of sandwiches and salads inspired by the maritime surroundings. Discover the city's captivating culture with a visit to the Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery in order to wander the halls decked with fine collections of contemporary and classical artworks. Thousands of astounding artefacts tell the story of the city's historical heritage and maritime magnificence and truly capture the essence of this remarkable seaside city. Next, descend into the dazzling depths of the ocean by visiting the National Marine Aquarium, the United Kingdom's largest aquarium. Your oceanic odyssey will take you from the British coasts to the icy depths of the Atlantic ocean with tanks and tunnels filled with sharks, manta rays, colourful shoals of fish and electrifying jellyfish.
An Evening of Culture
An integral stop on every Plymouth itinerary is a visit to the Theatre Royal Plymouth for an evening of either side splitting comedy, tear jerking tragedy or intriguing history. With its dynamic design and incredible programme of performances, the Theatre Royal is one of England;s largest and best attended regional theatres. Complete your delightful day in Devonshire with a sublime selection of freshly caught seafood at The Boathouse Restaurant, an innovative eatery with a unique location beneath the fisherman's arches upon the Mayflower steps. Feast upon the fabulous flavours of warm mackerel and beetroot salad, lobster cocktail, chilli infused crab claws and roasted sea bass while sipping on a crisp chardonnay selected from the extensive selection of fine wines available.