Discover the beauty of Britain’s Ocean City
The starting point for so many epic voyages, Plymouth is brimming with maritime history and bustling with trendy, modern atmosphere. Enshrined in American history as the departure point for the Pilgrim Fathers fleeing England, and the site where Sir Francis Drake set out to sail around the world, it’s easy to relive these moments at the city’s museums and memorials. To make some seafaring memories of your own, take a boat tour from the lively Barbican district to get a fresh perspective on the sweeping natural harbor.
Back on land, stroll around the Barbican along cobbled streets lined with Tudor-era buildings that offer everything from an authentic sea captain’s house from the 1500s to modern art galleries, chic cafes, trendy restaurants, and popular pubs. Head towards the harbor from here and you’ll find yourself at Plymouth Hoe—a sprawling, grassy public space home to the striped Smeaton’s Tower, the art deco Tinside Pool, and the formidable Royal Citadel.
Need a little beach therapy? There are several sandy spots a short drive from the city center, including Bovisands Beach with its tranquil waters and striking rocky outcrops. Plymouth is packed with history, and a popular vacation destination for Brits, but beneath the surface you’ll find a blossoming arts and culture scene interwoven with the authentic spirit of England’s southern coast.