Plymouth was once the most important port on the south coast of England, dominating trade with the Americas, and essential for the commercial traffic between England and the kingdom of Spain. Over time, the importance of Plymouth declined as trade moved closer to London however thanks to the presence of the Navy in Devonport, the town continued to grow in value to the country, and benefitted from numerous royal warrants including the Royal citadel, which was built to defend the town.
In Plymouth itself there are plenty of things to enjoy on a short break in the city, but it is also important to consider the fact that the city offers such a fantastic base from which to explore much of Dartmoor, which is one of the best developed wilderness areas in the UK with plenty to do including outdoor sports such as hiking and cycling, or even pony trekking.
In Plymouth, the main attractions are located around the citadel where you can visit the naval museum and the maritime centre, which between them tell the story of Plymouth. From the sea front there is a historic path that takes you through many of the most notable buildings in Plymouth and Devonport and brings the past to life for visitors including Smeaton's Tower and the National Memorial to the Armada which is one of the best statues of Britannia in the country.
The Barbican in Plymouth is one of the country's largest concentrations of listed buildings. Just in land from the port there are more than 100 unique buildings that date back to the earliest settlements of the town. Once called Sutton, the Barbican now features bars and restaurants in the old buildings and is a genuine tourist attraction.
Bok car hire in Plymouth, and you give yourself the freedom to explore Devon and Cornwall at your own pace. Across the River Tamar from Plymouth, you enter the county of Cornwall, which is one of the most popular summer holiday destinations in the UK. Along the south coast of the county there are many rugged bays that hide scenic beaches including Penzance and Mousehole, which provide you with the chance to relax and unwind in the cool waters of the Atlantic.
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