A Visit to Plymouth Barbican
If you are in and around Plymouth, you really must make sure you visit Plymouth Barbican. It is full of history, with many of the oldest buildings in Plymouth, both Tudor and Jacobean. The cobbled streets and narrow lanes hold a wonderful array of interesting shops, cafes, bars and restaurants.
It isn’t easy to park there though, so I always make sure I park either in and around the City Centre, or up on Plymouth Hoe.
Once you arrive in the Barbican make your way to Southside Street, the main thoroughfare. If you start up at the top end, the furtherest away from the water’s edge, you will find Plymouth Gin Distillery. This wonderful old building dates from the 1400s, and makes an interesting tour if you time it right. You can also stop at the Plymouth Gin Refectory Bar, for a G&T of course! Or a light meal at the Barbican Kitchen, made famous by Chris and James Tanner.
As you meander down along the wonderful old cobbled streets, there are many interesting and unique shops to while away a sunny afternoon. You won’t come away empty handed, I can promise you that! And there are plenty of cafes and bars to stop for refreshments. You are really spoilt for choice. Make sure you take a look up the little side streets as well, you don’t want to miss anything.
Depending on the length of your stay, try to fit in a visit to the National Marine Aquarium, the largest in the UK. You can also take a boat tour, and learn how to catch a fish. And even learn how to cook it! You certainly won’t be bored when you visit Plymouth Barbican.
As the evening draws in, the night clubs and bars become very busy. Try one of the local ales, and you really must have a pint in the Dolphin. I don’t think you will ever have been in a pub quite like it! Catch some live music, or watch a range of entertainment from burlesque dancers through to the local DJs.
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About the Author: Carole Langman works behind the scenes at Bowerland Cottage Holidays and Devon Dogs as the Business Manager. Her office is always a hive of activity, and with the vast amounts of work Carole has, we never really know how she gets through it all! To unwind, she loves gardening, hikes around Bowerland, travelling and writing.