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!
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