Plymouth – Historic home port of the British Navy.
The great naval base of Plymouth is a city whose history is laced with memories of such famous seafarers as Francis Drake and the Pilgrim Fathers. It’s docks and harbours, where warships mingle with ferries, fishing boats and yachts.
The heart of Plymouth was rebuilt after the Second World War, but the Barbican area around Sutton Harbour retains many links with the history of the city. Narrow streets pass such gems as the Elizabethan House and the Island House where the Pilgrim Fathers are believed to have lodged before sailing to North America in 1620; 2020 sees the 400th anniversary of this voyage. Their voyage is commemorated by the Mayflower Stone and Steps in Sutton Harbour.
Sutton Harbour is watched over by the Citadel, a fortress completed in the 1670’s to guard Plymouth Sound. The Hoe, where Drake finished his game of bowls before sailing out to attack the Spanish Armada in 1588, is dominated by Smeaton’s Tower. Built by John Smeaton it commands panoramic views of Plymouth Sound and its mile-long breakwater.
Plymouth’s attractions include a theatre, aquarium, indoor an open-air swimming pools. There are fishing and river trips, sailing and windsurfing schools and many sailing clubs. Navy Days are held at the end of August.
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