Plymouth Pavillions is a great place for a rainy day. There is a sizeable ice skating rink here & a fun swimming pool with fountains, flumes Jacuzzi etc.
I learnt to skate here about 9 years ago. We went mid week & had the rink to pretty much ourselves, phone before going to make sure you dont end up with a school group. Skates provided, bring your own swim suit though.
Tales of great sea voyages - Plymouth Dome
Plymouth Dome is where you can find out about the great sea farers that sailed from Plymouth. From Captain Cook's adventures in the South Seas and Sir Francis Drakes expedition on the 'Golden Hind'. The Plymouth Dome is situated on Plymouth Hoe, overlooking The Sound.
The Mayflower Steps
The Mayflower Steps is the site at Plymouth, where the Pilgrim Fathers departed from, aboard the Mayflower, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to colonise North America. Today boat trips leave from there for tours of Plymouth Sound, although the original site is believed to be where the Admiral McBride public house now stands.
Plymouth Steeped in History
My biggest interest in Plymouth was its historical past. My Devonshire ancestors sailed from here back in the 1600's to the New World. The Mayflower also sailed from here and became an icon of our American history. Not only is it notable for its historic past but it's a beautiful city to visit.
The History of Plymouth in Devon, England, goes back to the Bronze Age, where its first settlement at Mount Batten grew. It continued to grow as a trading post for the Roman Empire. Plymouth's historic port of Sutton Harbour, located in The Barbican, has seen the arrival and departure of many notable people such as Pocahontas who arrived here 1616.
Until World War II, the port at Millbay Docks was used for Transatlantic liner shipping, as it had been since the 1870s. Many of the surviving crew of the RMS Titanic disaster disembarked at Millbay docks on their return to England in 1912.
Due to its strategic proximity to the northern coast of France and its naval pre-eminence, the city was heavily bombed by the Germans during WWII, an event known as the Plymouth Blitz. Although the dockyards were the principal targets, the two main shopping centers, most of the civic buildings and over 3,700 houses were completely destroyed and more than 1,000 civilians lost their lives. War memorials on the Hoe commemorate the Royal Navy for their part int WW I and II.
Plymouth was one of the principal staging posts in June of 1944 for the Normandy landings. General Omar Bradley and the 1st US Army embarked here for the landings at Omaha Beach and Utah Beach and after the initial bombardments some of the American battleships came to the dockyard for repair.
information taken from Wikipedia
"Mayflower Left From Here"
The Mayflower was the ship that transported the English Separatists, better known as the Pilgrims, from Plymouth, England, to now Plymouth, Massachusetts in 1620. There were 102 passengers and a crew of 25–30.
The vessel left England on around September 6, 1620 and was at sea for 66 days. Two lives were lost before landing around November 11th. The Mayflower went off course and instead of landing at the established Jamestown settlement (founded 1607) it landed in Cape Cod Bay. In March of 1621, surviving passengers, who had inhabited the ship during the winter, moved ashore at Plymouth, that April the Mayflower, a privately commissioned vessel, returned to England.
information taken from Wikipedia
Here is a link for a list of passengers who sailed on the Mayflower http://www.mayflowerhistory.com/Passengers/passengers.php
"Cruise Ship in the Harbor"
There is written evidence that until the early 17th century large outline images of the giants Gog and Magog (or Goemagot and Corineus the mythical founder of Cornwall) had for a long time been cut into the grass of the Hoe, exposing the white limestone beneath There is no trace of these figures today.
The one thing you do see now are the cruise ships that stop here.
Pierre_Rouss's new Cornwall Page
Plymouth may be nice, I don't have a clue since I didn't visit the city. I used it instead to cover the countryside to visit Cornwall.
As mentioned in my UK homepage, I chose Plymouth as my Cornwall anchor city. Cornwall province is located West of London.
It is a magnificent region, with wavy green countryside, mostly fields sliced with hedges and numerous B roads. The coastline is never too far and is cut like with a knife. Fog and rain is not uncommon. This is where you will find all my Cornish adventures.
Well, this is my first shot at it (Feb 2002). More coming momentarily... it's true!