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“A Great Mixture Of History, Coast and Amenities” 4 of 5 stars
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Plymouth
S Devon, Plymouth, England
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“A Great Mixture Of History, Coast and Amenities”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

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.

Visited May 2013
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“Pleasant evening walking in Plymouth”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2013

Enjoyed walking through the city, and down to the Barbican, seeing fascinating historical buildings and locations. Good selection of places to eat. I enjoyed a very nice meal in a Himalayan restaurant in and Elizabethan House!

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“The Worst of Post War Planning”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

Plymouth was the most heavily bombed southern port in WW2 and was reconstructed in the 1950's with none of the charm of European construction. Sadly it's buildings in the city centre are charmless relics of a bygone age. That is not to say here aren't some gems left; The Hoe and the Barbican for example, however they are let down by the rest. Good points are the costal views and the bits Goring forgot. Sadly the town centre is as depressing as Coventry's, although that is being redeveloped and nowhere near as good as Liverpool's both of which were also heavily bombed.

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“i try to avoid the place”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

Plymouth holds no special interest for me, afraid it feels like another big unfriendly city, with not much beauty to see. i sometimes have to drive through to get to cornwall, i dread the thought

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

it depend when you go as in the night for excample 10pm plymouth is realy rough but in the day it is good for shopping and lunch

Visited April 2013
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