Plymouth and Dartmoor highlights tour
This tour is a combination of the highlights from our Plymouth and Dartmoor tours, so you can enjoy the best of both worlds! Enjoy your luxury private tour, taking in the highlights of historic Plymouth, including Plymouth Hoe,famous for Sir Frances Drake and his game of bowls,with views of one of the worlds most historic and breathtaking natural harbours.We'll also visit the Barbican and the Royal William Yard, before moving on to explore mysterious Dartmoor with its lofty granite tors, see some the iconic Dartmoor ponies, and marvel at landscape that inspired Conan Doyle's 'Hound of the Baskervilles' We'll also have time to see the infamous Dartmoor prison, and hear tales offside of its more notorious inmates.
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 original iconic shaped lighthouse which once stood on the fearsome Eddystone reef 12 miles offshore as well as numerous other tales of this great seafaring City.
10:30 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.
11:30. 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.We'll then set off for the 40 minute drive to Dartmoor National Park
13:00 A short walk from the car takes you to the mysterious site of a Bronze age settlement from around 5000 years ago where stone circles, stone rows and burial chambers abound, and we also learn about the granite tors,the legends and the mining and quarrying for which Dartmoor is famous.
13:30.Visit Princetown, and see the infamous Dartmoor Prison, where there will be time for a quick lunch. Learn about the infamous London gangster who escaped from a working party with the help of his even more notorious acquaintances. Also visit the haunting site of an ancient tin mine, and see the landscape which inspired Conan Doyles’ ‘Hound of the Baskervilles’
14:45 We'll move on for the short drive to Postbridge for a great photo opportunity at one of the moors most popular sites, the old clapper bridge, before heading for home , having the chance to stop and climb up to one of the towering granite tors and hopefully see some of the iconic Dartmoor ponies before returning to your hotel.