Mutley Plain - Another Village Within The City
Plymouth is a city of distinct neighbourhoods the best-known of which, certainly for tourists, is the history-rich Barbican. Equally interesting is the area of Mutley Plain, or just plain Mutley as it is referred to locally.
In the 1800's this was the city's gentrified suburb but as the city expanded the gentry moved out and the area became run-down. The modern Mutley though is now the city's student centre which makes it one of the liveliest suburbs with loads of decent pubs, cheap restaurants and great nightlife, including the live music pub The Junction which features mostly local rock bands.
Mousehole pronounced Mousell,...
Mousehole pronounced Mousell, is a beautiful little unspoilt harbour and village, with fishing boats landing their catch and fishermen mending their nets.
There are windy little street with beautiful little cottages and their gardens lots are for rent or B&B's
Plymouth Dome is an educational adventure which takes you on a voyage through time. It details Plymouth's colourful history over the past 400 years from the voyages of Drake and Cooke to the devastation suffered by the town during World War II.
It is fittingly situated right where the land meets the sea.
Royal Navy Memorial
There are several war memorials along the northern side of the Hoe. The largest commemorates the Royal Naval dead of the two world wars; its central obelisk is by Robert Lorimer and was unveiled in 1924, while the surrounding sunken garden was added by Edward Maufe in 1954.
I found the memorials quite beautiful and memorable to find my my travel buddy's family name and also my "Bickford" ancestors name on the plaque.
Plymouth is a large city of around 260,000 people, It has a long maritime history going back many hundreds of years. Be sure to take a look around the Barbican which is the old part of Plymouth, here the likes of Drake, Hawkins and the Pilgim Fathers set sail for the challenges of the then unknown world. It is an ideal place to have a base if you are considering touring Devon and Cornwall, Dartmoor is only a short distance away with it's wild open spaces. There are some fantastic coastal walks to see and many a local pub to rest those weary feet.
Sutton Harbour is where the fishing boats come into load and unload their catches.The surrounding area is quickly being developed into luxury homes.
You can take a very leasurely stroll along the complete length of the waterfront from West Hoe to the Barbican and back which should take around an hour. There are also boats trips that will take you up to see the warships in the Naval Base with the added views of the waterfront from the sea.