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“Historic Barbican” 5 of 5 bubbles
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Historic Plymouth luxury one-day private guided tour from Cornwall
Ranked #3 of 169 things to do in Plymouth
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“Historic Barbican”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is the original Plymouth, with an Elizabethan garden, the Plymouth Gin distillery in a Friary built in the 1400s, a wonderful old quayside, wiggly cobbled streets and of course the archway where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail from the UK in the Mayflower to settle in New England.

Although it is oozing with character and history, the Barbican is also a fun place to shop for trinkets and eat out. There are some touristy-type shops, but most of the shops serve the locals too so not too trashy.

Restaurants and pubs - you can't go wrong here, but my BIG recommendation is that you go hungry for brunch and look for Captn Jaspers shack (former public toilets!!) on the quayside. Their BigJ is a full cooked breakfast in a baguette (used to be a yard long, but it's a bit shorter these days) and a mug of tea/coffee for next to nothing. Don't forget to return your pot mug to get the deposit though! Then sit at the open air tables made of old chains, and enjoy the food and the ambiance, next to the fishing fleet. You can't beat it!

Visited June 2013
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“Alovely place for an experience of Plymouth of years gone by”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

You can spend a few hours wandering around this historical area of Plymouth, plenty of places to dine and have a drink. Taking in the local characters and surroundings as it is the oldest part of the city.

Visited November 2013
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Plymouth UK
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“Plymouth's Little Jewel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

During the day and early evening, super little restaurants and bars with plenty of good live music to be found. Can be raucous late at night especially Friday and Saturdays.

Visited October 2013
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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“Very historic”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

Good to walk round, watch the boats, visit Elizabethan house, plenty of places to eat from fish & Chips to posh nosh,parking available, but can get busy. Try Captain Jaspers if you get a chance.

Visited July 2013
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Potter Bar, Herts (near London), England
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“Plymouths Must See Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

If you are in Plymouth then this is a must visit area whatever your age and interests.

You will find lots of waterside bars/restaurants all with large capacity outside seating all under cover and heated. So you will not go hungry.

You will also find some great shops many selling stuff not seen in the main high street shops.

If the weather is even somewhat damp it is still worthwhile sitting outside to relax and soak up the atmosphere of the Marina and benefit from the fresh sea air.

You will find a Tourist Office who when we visited were extremely friendly and had lots of great tips on what could be done.

Visited November 2013
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