Exploring Plymouth the historic maritime city
Britain’s Ocean City has a vibrant waterfront heritage from The Royal William Yard transformed into the backdrop for a memorable lunch to the stunning views from Plymouth Hoe and Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. This is the home of courageous adventurers like Sir Francis Drake and Captain Robert Falcon Scott the Antarctic explorer. Beyond the perimeter of the walls of Her Majesty’s Naval Base Devonport you can learn about the centuries of Royal Navy endeavour and see whether you are cut out for life under the ocean wave on board a decommissioned nuclear submarine. You can cross the river to Mount Edgcumbe, with its historic gardens and fantastic views back over to the City or take to the water yourself with boat trips around Plymouth’s waterfront and up the Tamar river for a picnic or pub lunch.
09:00. Collect from your hotel
09.45 Step on to the world famous Plymouth Hoe with its panoramic views and stunning historical significance. Hear about Drake and the Armada, see Smeatons Tower the iconic lighthouse which once stood on the fearsome Eddystone reef 14 miles offshore as well as numerous other tales of this great seafaring City.
10:45 Arrive at the Barbican visiting the Mayflower Steps and museum, seeing the Elizabethan House and visiting the place where it is said the Pilgrim fathers had their last meal before setting out for the New world in 1620.
12:00 noon. Arrive at The historic Royal William Yard, the stunning collection of grade one listed buildings that used to supply the provisions for the Royal Navy. A short walk visits places of real historic significance, including the spot where a voyage once left which changed our whole understanding of the world around us.
13:00 Lunch at one of the many excellent eateries (not included)
14:00 You've got a fantastic choice for the afternoon. (subject to availability included in the price)
17:15 Approx Return to Hotel,