For me, the Barbican has always been a very special part of Plymouth. It was from here that the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America and it was a place steeped in history and romance, with its network of higgledy-piggledy cobbled streets and its eclectic mix of architecture along Southside Street but it had a somewhat sleepy feel to it for the fishing industry was in decline. Now, though, new life has been breathed into the place with lots of new buildings, which merge very well into the backdrop, a fantastic National Maritime Museum, connected to the Barbican by the new Millenium Bridge, loads of places to eat and places where you can just sit and stare. The number of boats confirm that the Barbican is obviously a successful marina but also a very popular place with Plymouth people. The Elizabethan House is still there, tucked away in New Street. At the other end of Southside Street, the Plymouth Gin Distillery has been revived and a tour and tasting come highly recommended. At the top of the building is a wonderful cocktail bar and on the level below the Barbican Kitchen serves good food. All te way along Soutside treet are interesting little shops and art galleries so it's a very easy place to while away time pleasantly.
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