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“Massive fortifications” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Royal Citadel

Royal Citadel
Plymouth Hoe | Plymouth, Plymouth PL1 2PA, England
44 1752 255629
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Ranked #44 of 93 Attractions in Plymouth
Type: Historic Sites, Military Bases/ Facilities, Cultural
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Owner description: Built following the English Civil War, this was England's principal fortress featuring outstanding examples of 17th-century baroque architecture. Open for guided tours on Tuesdays at 2:30pm (May to September).
Devizes, United Kingdom
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“Massive fortifications”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

I visit Plymouth regularly but had never had the time to see this amazing piece of 17th century architecture, so on a cool, September day, I set aside a couple of hours to see what was on offer.

The Citadel was started in 1665 as coastal defence for Plymouth and the perceived threat of attack from the Dutch Navy. Some of it was constructed around Drake's original fort here. As I wander around it, the scale is mind blowing; some of the walls are 70 feet thick, stout enough to resist any cannon fire and in most places, the walls are equally as high, again, a surefire means to keep invaders at bay.

The Citadel covers a vast area and as there wasn't a tour available today, I had to console myself with a stroll around it's outer perimeter. It's built mainly of limestone and some of the blocks must weight several tonnes, a huge engineering project by any means considering steam power was still 150 years in the future.

There's a "blockhouse" in its southeast corner, from which chains were slung across Cattewater inlet to the battery on the opposite side to prevent enemy ships from accessing the town.

There are a few old cannons left on show, and it's rumoured that these were not only used as a defence against foreign invaders, but could also be turned upon the town if required during the English Civil War.

The Royal Citadel is an important piece of England's maritime history and next time I go back, I will certainly take the guided tour inside.

Visited September 2012
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“A must not pass by”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012 via mobile

As a coach driver I was pleasantly chuffed with a guide called Jane who knew her onions and was a great asset to.the tour of this interesting old fortress.....thank
You jane!!!!!

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“visit to music of the night”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2012

Other than for show unfortunately as an active marine barracks it is not open to the public. Good views from outside o old battlements etc. really stands out due to size.

Visited July 2012
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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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“stunning”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

this is worth a look, if you like fresh air and views than this is the place to go, its a really nice day out, take a picnic and enjoy

Visited August 2012
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Tavistock, United Kingdom
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“Another visit due”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Whole place is inspiring about to go to the last MONT!

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