We traveled to Plymouth for four days this week, in a bid to look at the area to move down to. The Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth Sound and The Barbican are great places to visit, the Barbican has a lovely harbourside setting with cobbled streets and lots of places to eat and drink, the Hoe feels special on a high but flat area overlooking the sea, lots of Naval monuments, parks and beautiful Georgian houses here, lots of good B&B's too, we stayed at the Grosvenor in Elliot Street which was very clean, friendly staff and and a great location for city shopping (walkable) and the sea front and Barbican. The shopping centre is great, a mixture of lots of independents and lots of the usual high street names including Debenhams and House of Fraser, the M&S store was a good size too. The architecture is of course newer where it was bombed during the war but there are still many beautiful buildings. Definitely a good place to stay by the Hoe and the Barbican end, lots of restaurants too, we had a lovely meal in the Mission Restaurant, the Ship pub by the Barbican marina upstairs in their restaurant, and on our last evening the Waterside restaurant, down the bottom of the Hoe, on the Hoe road, quite a find and definitely a place worth visiting again the food was excellent. We visited the Aquarium at the Sound, an interesting visit and one I'd recommend if you have children. There are some beaches around Plymouth too, we visited one at Wembury a few miles out of Plymouth. We found people in Plymouth in general to be friendly and courteous too (even when driving!) Definitely worth a visit.
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