Plymouth Places to See
Plymouth Places to See
Anyone who goes to Plymouth because of their interest in its past would be well advised to start at the Central Library, Drake Circus, which has a comprehensive collection of local history books and one of the best naval history libraries in the country. The City Museum and Art Gallery, Open All Year, is at the same place. The Civic Centre also has exhibitions but best is a panoramic view of the city and the surrounding countryside from the fourteenth floor. Open March to November. Opposite is Plymouth Guildhall - see the fourteen windows which trace the history of the city from 1355-2015.
The Hoe has fine harbour views. It has a wide Promenade and Smeaton's Tower, which has been brought stone by stone from the Eddystone Rock where it stood as the lighthouse until the rock started to crumble. Open from the end of April to early October. The Royal Citadel has a fine gateway and a statue of George II in Roman costume, completed about 1675.
Plymouth is on the main Paddington to Penzance line, sharing the same section along the coast as that used by visitors to Torbay, and so frequent and fast are the trains that even a day trip from London
Paddington is perfectly feasible. For those staying in Plymouth a day trip over the Royal Albert Bridge into Cornwall is a wonderful introduction to the Royal Duchy, while the branch-line trip up the Tamar Valley to Gunnislake opens another magic world.
The four houses to see within a few miles of the city centre are Mount Edgecumbe, former house of the Edgecumbe family, built 1485-1627, open April to end October; Antony House, in a lovely park by the River Lynher, open April to end October; Saltram House, a Tudor mansion on the banks of the Tamar, open May to end September; and Buckland Abbey, Open All Year, built by Cistercian monks in the thirteenth century, bought and much altered by Sir Richard Grenville before it became the country seat of Sir Francis Drake, now the Drake, Naval, and West Country Folk Museum.
Also outside the city are Cutcrew Sawmills, Open All Year, a craft centre at Tideford, Saltash, Devon Shire Horses Farm Centre, Open All Year, at Yealmpton, Kitley Caves, Yealmpton, and Morweliham Quay Open Air Museum at Tavistock, Open All Year.
Plymouth is a good touring centre. You can get into some east Cornwall towns and villages, along the Devon coast to Dartmouth and the Dart Valley Railway, or inland to Dartmoor.
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