AROUND THE COAST OF PLYMOUTH, UK
Plymouth is all about the coast and I love the clear blue water! So here are some things to do by the sea in this city.
1. The Royal William Yard
This naval yard is a perfect place to start off the day- at The Royal William Yard Bakery. It is a unique experience, a self service bakery where you see the staff making the breads and food in front of you. You serve yourself and sit on the long shared benches. The yard itself is a great place to spend time, by wandering around the art galleries in the historical buildings and walking around the waterfront. It is also home to some popular cafes and restaurants like Wagamama, Las Iguanas, Prezzo and more.
2. The Barbican
The Barbican is my favorite place in Plymouth, there’s a lot to do in the area. The inner streets of the Barbican make you feel like you are transported back in time. These streets have some quirky shops and cafes which are pretty unique, there are also a few good art galleries here. The outer streets by the waterfront have some fun bars and food places, great place to spend an evening.
3. Plymouth Gin Distillery (Barbican)
Also known as the Black Friars Distillery that has been making Plymouth Gin since 1793, it is the oldest working gin distillery in England. The building dates back to the 1400’s, the refectory bar is situated in the oldest part of the building and it looks stunning! The distillery is quite small but the tour is very interesting with the naval stories linked with this gin company, it is surprising how popular this gin is. The tour is a must do while visiting Plymouth.
4. The National Marine Aquarium (Barbican)
The biggest aquarium in UK is located in Plymouth, it is not that big though. It has some pretty cool stuff to see from the jelly fish tanks to the shark room! Save this place for a rainy day indoors.
5. The Hoe
This is the best place to go on a sunny day, a massive open green space facing the sea with a lighthouse in the center. It is so lively here with people barbecuing, playing and reading etc. The Smeton’s Tower lighthouse is the main attraction at the Hoe. The walk from the Hoe to the Barbican is amazing, the view of the limestone cliffs, the ships in the sea and islands around are breathtaking. The Terrace Cafe/ restaurant has some great food, specially the cream tea; this cafe is situated on a cliff and has an amazing view of the Plymouth Sound.
6. Explore Mount Batten and Cawsand
Mount Batten (Devon) and Cawsand (Cornwall) are both short ferry rides away from Plymouth. I personally like Mount Batten better, its a nice place to walk around and go on a mini hike to the top and get a panoramic view of Plymouth. Ferries frequently depart from the Barbican to go to these places.
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