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Overlooking one of the world’s great natural harbours, Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront destination. From family attractions, historic sites and gardens, entertainment venues and marine interests -whether it rains or shines there is plenty to enjoy throughout your stay.

Plymouth has a rich and significant history, explore the cobbled streets of the Barbican, Plymouth's delightful harbourside, which is full of narrow cobbled streets, Elizabethan warehouses, specialist shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants. What better place to begin a visit to Plymouth than the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America in 1620. A closer look nearby will reveal memorials celebrating other key events in the nation’s history, from the Tolpuddle Martyrs to voyages by settlers to Australia , New Zealand and America. In Plymouth’s oldest Street, New Street you can visit the Elizabethan house and relax awhile in the hidden Elizabethan gardens.

The Theatre Royal stages some of the biggest and best shows in the UK as well as cutting edge new theatre. Plymouth Pavilions is the South West’s premiere entertainment complex offering a 4000 standing capacity arena for live gigs and shows, an ice rink and fun pool.

The Plymouth Life Centre at Mayflower Park is a leading centre of sporting excellence boasting swimming and diving pools as well as a family leisure pool, multi-use sports halls, fitness suites, a climbing wall and an 8-lane indoor bowls rink.

Explore the underwater world at The National Marine Aquarium, the UK’s largest aquarium. And if dipping your toes in the water is more your thing, just minutes from the city centre are the beautiful beaches of Wembury and Bovisand.

With over 520 shops and a brand new shopping mall, Plymouth City Centre offers the best range and quality of shops in the region. Drake Circus covered shopping centre is home to a wide range of well-known high street and independent stores and restaurants. It has eight major stores plus over 48 shops, cafes and restaurants.

Explore the city’s main pedestrian boulevard link from the mainline station to the magnificent Hoe and waterfront and you’ll discover the Armada Centre, where you will find a major food store and a host of other fine shops.

The stunning panorama of Plymouth Hoe overlooks Plymouth Sound, one of the finest natural harbours in the world, where Sir Francis Drake played bowls as the Spanish Armada approached. For a spectacular view of the sound climb the 93 steps to the lantern room of Smeaton’s Tower, the old Eddystone lighthouse which has been painstakingly restored to its original glory. The Hoe overlooks the Art Deco style Tinside Lido, which was opened in 1935 and was described as ‘one of the finest open-sea bathing centres in the country’.

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