Plymouth City in England
Plymouth City, known as Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth has one of the most vibrant seafronts in the UK and effortlessly combines history and new modern culture for all visitors.
National Marine Aquarium - As a registered charity this aquarium offers education, conservation and research. See 70 sharks from ten different species and listen to talks and interactive diving events. Also the perfect venue for event and even wedding receptions. Open all year round, daily from 10am - 5pm during the winter and to 6pm during the Summer.
Smeaton’s Tower - One of the South West’s most famous landmarks, this lighthouse was built in 1759 on the Eddystone reef, but was rebuilt during the 1880s due to the structure affecting the rocks below. It is now 72 foot high and offers incredible views of the surrounding area. Open: various days during the year usually from 10am - 4pm. Check with the tourist centre for exact opening times. Costs less that £3 to enter.
The Barbican and Sutton Harbour - This waterfront area with historical sites and a variety of restaurants - all with a view of the harbour. With some of the oldest buildings in the city and featuring cobbled streets and was the home of a monastery and gin distillery. The Sutton marina is now a beautiful place to visit and houses the aquarium and visitors can take boat tours. Open year round all day.
Plymouth Fisheries - The second largest fresh fish market in England, this fishery plays a crucial part in the economy of the area. The premises have been in their current location since 1995 and have seen a huge increase in turnover since then. More than 600 people work in the market and 6000 tonnes of fish pass through the market each year. Open all year round and all day.
Anyone who loves the sea will love a visit to Plymouth. Visitors can enjoy ferry rides to visit historical sites and special walks in the country park. Cruises allow people to see the city from the water and experience the joys of living so close to the sea. Animal lovers will love the local zoo, while those with a love of sea mammals will enjoy the marine aquarium.
History buffs will find all they want at the historic dock area and shoppers will find the varied independent shops perfect for a rainy day afternoon. Perfect for all family members, Plymouth is a great for a long stay or for a day trip.