Although an old city, Plymouth was extensively reconstructed after World War II and the city centre has a modern shopping centre and many attractions, old and new. Plymouth's historic naval base conjures memories of famous seafarers such as Sir Francis Drake and the Pilgrim Fathers.
The attractions include the Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake is said to have continued his game of bowls despite the approach of the Spanish Armada. On the Hoe is Smeaton's Tower, which is the upper part of the dismantled Eddystone Lighthouse. The Barbican (see picture) is the site of the original port settlement which was known as 'Sutton' and contains many old and interesting buildings. Sutton Pool was the departure point of the Pilgrim Fathers when they headed for the New World on the Mayflower. Also at Sutton Pool is the largest aquarium in the UK - the National Marine Aquarium.
- Hoe Park - Plymouth Hoe, site of Sir Francis Drake's legendary game of bowls as the Spanish Armada approached!
- The Barbican - historic harbour area
- The Wheel of Plymouth
- National Marine Aquarium
- Dartmoor Zoo - only five miles from Plymouth
- Plymouth Mayflower Exhibition
- Plymouth Gin Distillery - open for visits and tours
- Theatre Royal - hosts a programme of drama, music and shows
- Museum and Art Gallery
- Cruises on the River Tamar