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Plymouth has a proud past, closely linked to the country’s naval history. Plymouth Hoe links the city back to the 1600s, with Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse, the Royal Citadel, built to defend Plymouth against invaders, and several war memorials, including the National Armada Memorial. The city itself has many cobbled streets, giving a historical feel throughout, and many old buildings spread around.

The Barbican area is particularly of interest; the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from here to America, and their departure is commemorated by the Mayflower Steps. Boat trips along the Sound and the Tamar River depart from here, and are a wonderful way to spend a few hours. Devonport Dockyard, and its warships are visible on some of these trips. The Naval Dockyard is also open for viewing on a couple of days each year, and for those with an interest in this side of history it is well worth timing your Plymouth visit to coincide with an Open Day here. For relaxation, the city boasts open parkland, theatres and cinemas, but also holds many festivals throughout the year, welcoming visitors and locals alike. The British Firework Championships is one of the best of these, drawing a huge crowd each year.


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