The historic City of Plymouth lies on the south west coast of Devon, between the Plym and Tamar rivers, commanding the entrance to the English Channel, with one of the finest natural harbours in the world.

The site of the city has been occupied for 20,000 years since Stone Age man first settled the banks of the Plym estuary, but the story of Plymouth itself really begins in Saxon times. The limestone hill we now know as the Hoe protected the area from westerly winds and marauding pirates.

Plymouth value as a naval port was recognised by Edward I in the thirteenth century and the great tradition of seamanship and shipbuilding that developed has created her reputation throughout the world. So many stories of exploration and discovery have begun here hence the 43 namesake Plymouth around the world (more than 30 in the USA).

Over the centuries many names have been associated with the city: Sir Francis Drake, Sir Richard Grenville, Sir Jon Hawkins, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, Sir Walter Raleigh, Sir Martin Frobisher, Sir Joshua Reynolds, William Cookworthy, Tobias Furneaux, Captain Cook, Charles Darwin, Scott of the Antarctic, Lady Nancy Astor and Sir Francis Chichester to name but a few but each has helped shape the city you see today. For more information on the history of Plymouth read the Plymouth Book of Wonder for 100 amazing facts about Plymouth.

From the berth at Millbay it is a short walk to the modern city shopping centre and the indoor shopping mall of Drakes Circus or if you prefer to soak up some of the cities heritage head for the old maritime port area the Barbican and follow in the footsteps of the Pilgrim Fathers who departed from here at the start of their voyage to the New World, now the Barbican is a bustling community of specialist businesses, restaurants, cafes and attractions based along its cobbled streets. From here it is a short walk to Plymouth Hoe from this cliff top vantage point you can take in the full extent of Plymouth Sound and enjoy the park land and gardens on the waters edge.

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