Plymouth: A city of beauty

Source:, Paul Bisseker

When it comes to England’s seaside city, Plymouth is renowned for its beautiful coastline and is a hotspot destination for tourists from across the country. The first thought that might come to mind when you think of Plymouth is that of The Hoe, a scenic stretch of coastal land that is home to none other than Smeaton’s Tower and is the perfect spot for holiday makers and locals alike to visit for a relaxing afternoon. Whilst it has certainly earned its celebrity status, it is only one of a handful of gorgeous areas that the city has to offer for those looking for adventure and a chance to explore all the region has to offer

The first of these locations is the Elizabethan Garden, situated on the Barbican. Upon first glance, you may think you’ve jumped into the pages of “Alice in Wonderland” with the well-kempt hedges, fountains and old-school architecture. You may be inclined to think that, due to its small size, it would always feel busy and overcrowded but surprisingly it remains an untouched gem hidden in plain sight. This place is a haven for those looking for a secluded stop in their travels along the Barbican, with many historic plaques shedding light on the story of the garden for anyone with a passion for the local history and seating areas for those looking to simply sit and soak in the scenery. Open to the public between 9am-5:30pm means there’s no excuse not to pay the place a visit. No matter who you are, the Elizabethan Garden is a preserved slice of natural beauty and a perfect spot for lunch!


Another stop to make during your time along the coast could, and probably should, be Plymouth Sound. Less secretive than the aforementioned garden, Plymouth Sound is the picture of the seaside. Located near Smeaton’s Tower and within walking distance to the lido and other amenities, it’s perfect for people who want that fresh sea air and rays of sunshine without the hustle and bustle of the summertime crowds flocking to The Hoe. If a swim in the sea doesn’t float your boat, you can expect picturesque views of the water and its surroundings notably Drake’s Island. 


Starting life over 400 million years ago, Drake’s Island has undergone huge transformations over time. Initially home to a chapel under the rule of Henry I in 1135, the island grew in importance under the rule of Henry VIII as a key strategic location that was militarised by the monarch housing numerous cannons. That is only a shred of the enthralling history surrounding Drake’s Island with so much more to learn and explore. If you ever find yourself with a few hours on your hands and a thirst for adventure, why not book a ferry ride to the island and explore all it has to offer for yourself? With tickets priced at £7.50 for adults and £3.50 for children, it’s a relatively inexpensive day out for the whole family that offers something for everyone. Don’t worry dog lovers, man’s best friend is welcome on the island too for a booking fee of £3.00. Drake’s Island offers a variety of tours for those looking to understand the history, explore the mystery of the supposed spirits that roam the island and so much more. 


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