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Attractions In Plymouth, Historic Naval City

Mar 4, 2008
The City of Plymouth, which is located on the South West coast of England, is becoming extremely popular with tourists from around the world. Today there are plenty of Plymouth attractions that one can enjoy during a visit to this historic city.

The city is famous as being the place where the Mayflower with the Pilgrims onboard sailed from to journey to the New World. It is at the base of the West Pier you will find a white archway, which was erected back in 1934 and commemorates the spot from where the Mayflower sailed. On top of these, you will see both the flags of the United Kingdom and United States flying each day.

The archway that was built in 1934 incorporates into it the granite monument that was originally erected on the site back in 1891. More commonly, you will find that today this particular site is referred to by locals as the Mayflower Steps or the Memorial Gateway. Along with this attraction, there are plenty of others one can visit during your time in Plymouth and below we take a look at some more.

1. National Marine Aquarium - This is one of the best aquariums in all of the UK and is located near to the center of Plymouth harbour area. Along with freshwater fish, this attraction has a large number of seawater fish that one can view. Plus there is the Shark Theatre where you can go and watch the sharks that the place houses being fed. Also, it has the facility available that allows you to walk directly under the sharks as they swim around in their holding tank.

2. Prysten House - This was built during 1940 and is now a working museum. Inside you will find a model showing what Plymouth looked like during the 1620's. Plus it also houses tapestries that depict how the English colonized America. As you enter the house, you will see a gravestone for the Captain of the US Brig Argus who died on the 15 August 1813 during a battle in the English Channel.

3. Plymouth Gin Distillery - This is one of the oldest surviving buildings in the city and it has been here that for more than 200 years now the distinctive Plymouth Gin has been made. It is the house where all the Pilgrims who sailed from England to the New World would meet before boarding their ships.

Today you can take a tour around the building and included within the ticket price for this of all the interesting Plymouth Attractions is you get to sample the drink that is made here. So why not spend some time in this attraction and many others discovering more about the history of this city.

When you stay in Plymouth, it's worth considering the historic Plymouth Hoe. This is a bustling area of the city and - as you would expect - is quite maritime in nature. Elsewhere is the city there is a wide range of guest houses and hotels to ensure that you find somewhere to suit your budget.
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