Explore the attractions of the South West.
Rich in maritime history from the Armada to the departure of the Pilgrim Farthers, there are many sea based sights and activities to enjoy. Along side this there are the historic buildings in the city and surrounding countryside all with rich histories and many varied tales to tell.
Some well known people: Sir Ernest Shackleton, Thomas Hardy, Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Bligh, Michael Foot, David Owen, Sharon Davies, Beryl Cook, Wayne Sleep, Dawn French, Tom Daley.
Indoor and Outdoor
The lighthouse was originally built on the Eddystone reef in 1759 at a cost of £40,000, but was taken down in the early 1880s when it was discovered that the sea was undermining the rock it was standing on. Approximately two thirds of the structure was moved stone by stone to its current resting place on the Hoe.
A wonderful Georgian mansion on earlier Tudor foundations which has interior features of wonderful plasterwork and a largely untouched Robert Adams saloon. Set in rolling parkland which stretches down to the Plym river.
Plymouth Hoe is the natural heart of Plymouth with breathtaking views across Plymouth Sound, one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world and Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse.
The Barbican is the name given to the western and northern sides of the old harbour area of Plymouth, which was one of the few parts of the city to escape most of the destruction of The Blitz during the Second World War. With a very important place in the history of the city it is home to a wide variety of industry, shops and restaurants.
Plymouth Ski & Snowboard Centre
With 3 awesome slopes to choose from including the longest artificial slope in the South West, Plymouth Ski and Snowboard Centre is the perfect place to practice and learn new wintery skills! Their fabulous artificial ski slopes are covered in Perma-Snow covering so no matter how bright and sunny the weather (just joking, it's England!) you're set for snowy joy!
If you want to find the hidden gems of the South West of England and make the most of your time in the area, then let your friendly local driver escort you and share his experience and knowledge.
Nature and Animals
Dartmoor Zoological Park is a 33-acre zoological garden located near the village of Sparkwell, on the south-west edge of Dartmoor, in the county of Devon in the South West of England. It is the subject of the book and film We Bought a Zoo.
National Marine Aquarium
A marine aquarium on reclaimed land in the city of Plymouth, England, in Sutton Harbour, next to the Barbican and fishmarket. It was opened in May 1998, with charitable aims of research, education and conservation.
South West Coast Path
Stretching from Plymouth round to Sidmouth the path can be sectioned into day walk areas giving insights to the historic religious and spiritual sites, defence and offence structures and trade and industry of the South West over the centuries.
Places of Interest
Discover Foulston’s Grade 1 listed Guildhall, its grand Main Hall, spooky Cells and deadly secrets and climb the column for magnificent panoramic views of Plymouth and Cornwall from the gallery, 124ft high.
The Fort at Crownhill is the best preserved of Lord Palmerston’s Ring of Fire which surrounded Plymouth in Victorian times, protecting the Royal Dockyard at Devonport from French attack and bombardment. Crownhill represented the cutting edge of fortress design during that period.
A visit here takes you back in time to Drake's Plymouth.Down panelled hallways and up spiral stairs, you'll find yourself in the furnished home of an Elizabethan merchant or sea captain. See the restored kitchen and gardens on the ground floor, the dining room and parlour on the first floor and bedrooms on the second floor.
Black Friars Distillery, the oldest working gin distillery, is home to ‘Plymouth Gin’. Housed in one of the oldest buildings in Plymouth, the distillery buildings have a colourful and important part in the history of the surrounding city.