Plymouth City Centre
If you are here for the shopping, you won’t be disappointed.
The city centre can offer you all the big names, including
the new and very popular Drake Circus Shopping Mall. But try
and see the Independent Quarter, which includes the Pannier
Market and many interesting small shops. There are also many
street markets in the city centre throughout the year. Plymouth
also boasts The Pavilions, offering an Ice Rink, a Beach-Style
swimming pool and regular shows featuring world renowned names
in its huge auditorium. There are also three theatres in the
city centre - The Theatre Royal, which stages West End shows
and the Drum and Atheneum Theatres, which offer more alternative
or local productions.
The Barbican is the fishing and boating heart of the city
and home to the Mayflower steps where in 1620 some one
hundred and fifty men, women and children, left these shores
bound for a new life in America. The Barbican offers cobbled
streets, historic houses and numerous alfresco cafes, restaurants
and bars. It is also the starting point for boat trips
to Devonport Naval dockyard, fishing trips and longer,
picturesque trips up the rivers Tamar and Yealm. Or if
speed is more your scene, why not try a ride in a fast
rib around the Sound - not for the faint-hearted! The National
Marine Aquarium is close by - the largest in Europe.
Why not explore Mount Edgecumbe House & Country Park
on the Cornwall side of the Tamar river or take a scenic
train journey following the Tamar river up to Gunnislake.
Just to the north of the city is the beautiful, wild, Dartmoor,
with brooding Tors, a sinister prison, wild ponies and beautiful
villages. The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and
historic houses such as Cothele, Castle Drogo, Saltram House
and The Garden House are just a drive away.