Plymouth is a historic city which is one of the most attractive natural harbours in the world. Although Plymouth had to be rebuilt after World War II, spoiling much of its aesthetic appeal, there remains nowhere better to learn about Britain’s naval history and seafaring tendencies. After all this is where the Pilgrim Fathers originally set sail for the New World. Here’s five reasons why you can have a rewarding day trip to Plymouth.
1) The Barbican area
Although Plymouth was bombed heavily during the Second World War, The Barbican area to the north and west of the harbour escaped the attention of the German pilots and remains pleasing to the eye. Handsome yachts float outside of old Tudor style buildings, giving a vivid contrast between old and new and making a great area for evening strolling. This is also the social hub of Plymouth with many great pubs, bars and restaurants to enjoy as well as some boutique shops. The Tinside Lido outdoor swimming pool is also an excellent place to enjoy a summer’s day in England.
2) Dartmoor National Park
Pocketed by picturesque little villages and full of walking trails across the rivers, granite tours and moorland, Dartmoor National Park is a British gem. Once you have stretched your legs across the varied terrain of Dartmoor, a multitude of little pubs allow you to cosy up to log fires. Dartmoor is spectacular by don’t take our word for it. Director Steven Spielberg said: “I have never before, in my long and eclectic career, been gifted with such an abundance of natural beauty as I witnessed while filming Warhorse in Dartmoor National Park.”
3) Tamar Valley
Tamar Valley is quite delightful, and if you happen to be into flyfishing it has even more appeal. These rolling hills hide pretty little tributaries which are a temporary home to sea trout as they migrate inland. This area of natural beauty also has lots of landmarks including the Cotehele. This Medieval house is worth taking a walk around for its magnificent collection of armour, Tudor furniture and furnishings.
4) Sir Francis Drake
Plymouth was instrumental in the infamous career of Sir Francis Drake, and the story goes that he was playing bowls on the Plymouth Hoe when the Spanish Armada arrived. Rather than panicking, he is said to have remarked that there was plenty of time to finish the game before they arrived. Drake was born in the market town of Tavistock in Devon and you can find out more about his life in Plymouth including taking a tour of Drake’s island.
5) Food and Drink
Plymouth is historically known for its gin, with Plymouth gin still made at a distillery in the Barbican. Stop at the medieval gin distillery, the Refectory, to try a traditional Plymouth gin martini. After your aperitif seek out one of the excellent seafood restaurants near the harbour where you can eat sustainable fish and delicacies like coldwater lobster. And afterwards cleanse your palate with the Plymouth ice cream which is representative of the high standards of Devon tea rooms and seaside cafes. If you are lucky enough to live in the Barton Park Homes properties at Bittaford Wood, or Glenholt Park, Plymouth is only a short drive away, and this historic city is also easily accessed by public transport. [p2p type=”slug” value=”contact-us”]Contact us[/p2p] today to find out more about our try before you buy park home sites.