Mount Edgecombe is a country park & a stately home built in 1547, by the Edgecombe family. It was sold to Plymouth & Cornwall Council's in 1971.
The House was bombed during the war & gutted by fire, it has since been renovated. The House sits in 856 acres of beautiful coastal land, most of which is open to the public for free. This is a beautiful place to spend a relaxing day, try to come in the week when it is much quieter.
Have to admit Mount Egdcombe is in Cornwall, but it is only a 5 minute ferry ride from Plymouth, ( see transport tips)
The photo is the Orangery, built in 1760, which is now a restaurant & the Italian Garden. I felt the plants in the Italian Garden are reminiscent of a council roundabout! Nice trees & statues though.
Charles Cross Church
This shell of a church is all that is left after the bombing raids of the second world war. The entire city centre was heavily damaged and this is a reminder of the spirit of endurance and overcoming the obstacles caused by such things as wars.
Now about Plymouth, I have been there several times. The bus station is close to everything so it is easy to get everywhere.
Shopping, there is this big shopping street.
Walk along the sea and you have a great view and will see all the great things (lighthouse, monument for the people who fought in the war etc.)
There is this nice area called Barbican, there are signs to tell you where it is. It is a lovely area so you surely should visit it.
Plymouth is the largest of Devon’s cities and regional capital of Devon and Cornwall. It is also famous as a great sea port and from its association with Sir Francis Drake. A great deal of the nation’s seafaring history has evolved from or revolved around Plymouth.
National Fireworks Competition 2003
Each Year, in Plymouth, there is a period during the summer where there are just none stop events.
This year, they were the International Powerboat Championships, The Presentation of the Colours to the Navy and the National Fireworks Championships.
The after images stayed with me for ages...
The work was very professional with lots of 'special' fireworks.
Some of the rockets for example, exploded with one half red and the other green.
They even managed to change the shapes of some of them, having a red heart exploded inside a white border - very impressive.
"Lots of Different Views"
This is a free show that spanned two evenings.
People lined the waterfront, or any other south facing hill in the vicinity. A few others went out on small vessels to get a very close up view. Though I imagine they suffered from neck ache aswell...
The view was best from the hill on which the citadel sits as this is where the artists directed their performances.
The set up was on the Mount Batten Pier, which meant all the explosions went off out over the water. One of the cool effects was the reflections on the water.
If you are in the area, try to make it there, and I'll see you there!!!