The waterfront city of Plymouth is full of attractions, making it the perfect place for a daytrip or a stay that lasts a little longer. Here are a few spots we think are a must for first timers and always worth a re-visit for those that have been before.
This historic Grade I lighthouse is arguably one of the most well known landmarks on the south coast of England. It stands 72-foot high on Plymouth Hoe, after being moved there in the 1880s from its previous home at Eddystone Reef. Its Lantern Room is open to visitors and gives fantastic views over the city and the sound, so is well worth a look for those getting trains to Plymouth.
Plymouth Theatre Royal
If you love live entertainment then Plymouth’s Theatre Royal is the place to be. It plays host to a wide variety of shows and has done since be opened at its current site at Royal Parade in 1982. It still remains as popular as ever today, with the Arts Council saying it’s “the largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK”. Big names shows such as War Horse and Swan Lake are on offer this year.
Blackfriars Gin Distillery
If you like a tipple then why not pay a visit to England oldest working distillery, the home of Plymouth Gin, the Rectory Room? The famous gin has been made at the site from an original recipe since 1793 and a selection of tours are available. The standard tour costs just £7 for a 40-minute introduction to the history of the site and the drink. Once that’s over you’re offered the chance to sample the drink at the bar or take a miniature away with you.
City Museum and Art Gallery
If you fancy a spot of culture then head over to City Museum and Art Gallery at Drake Circus. The site has a number of permanent display spread over its two floors, i ncluding collections of decorative art, local/maritime history, natural history and archaeology. Special events run throughout the year and its exhibition programme offers eight unique shows across the course of the year. Entrance is free, so you might even have a little bit of cash left over to treat yourself to refreshments in the café.
With so much to offer in the city isn’t it about time you start planning your arrival at Plymouth train station?
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