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Tourist Attractions in Plymouth
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Smeaton's Tower - Plymouth


Smeaton's Tower

The Hoe, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2NZ
Tel: 01752 304774
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Everyone will recognise the lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe, a substantial landmark of the South West. Originally built by John Smeaton on Eddystone Rocks, the top part was removed and rebuilt here when it was discovered that sea erosion was making it unsafe. The original stub still stands on the rocks near the current lighthouse. It is worth the trek up the steps to see the lantern room and views out over Plymouth Sound.

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The Wheel of Plymouth

Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2PA
Tel: 01752 220656
www.freijwheels.com/our-wheels.php?city=Plymouth

A fantastic experience, you are housed in one of the 42 capsules and are taken up to 196ft high. Views are stunning across Plymouth and over the ocean. Tickets can be bought online.

National Marine Museum

The National Marine Museum

Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 0DX
Tel: 0844 893 7938
www.national-aquarium.co.uk

Visit the spectacular Marine Museum, home to the world's biggest aquarium. See sealife and sharks like you have never seen them before. Journey through four different zones from Plymouth to the tropics accompanied by imaginative and stimulating talks. 4D Cinema. H20 Creative Centre open during school holidays and weekends where kids can enjoy free arts and crafts. Loads to keep the children entertained.


Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery

Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery

Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AJ
Tel: 01752 304774
www.plymouth.gov.uk/museums 

Situated just five minutes away from the main shopping mall, the Museum houses thousands of items in nine permanent galleries ranging from natural history to decorative and fine art. Large and airy, the rooms also house many different and important exhibitions and interesting events throughout the year. Refreshments can be taken in their Cafe, and curios and gifts bought from their in-house gift shop.


The Royal Citadel

The Royal Citadel

The Hoe, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2PD
Tel: +44 01752 266030
www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/royal-citadel-plymouth

This 17th century group of buildings are imposing fortifications with 70ft walls and its old guns still standing overlooking the Sound. Built by King Charles II on Plymouth Hoe it protected the important naval base, as well as being used against its own population in the Civil War. For the last fifty years it has been occupied by the 29th Commando Regiment, and is still in use by the military today.


Theatre Royal, Plymouth

The Theatre Royal

Royal Parade, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2TR
Tel: +44 01752 267222
www.theatreroyal.com

A fantastic night out can be had at this very popular theatre complex, which includes the Theatre Royal, Drum Theatre and TR2. You can expect significant touring musicals, operas, ballets, and dramas throughout the year, as well as concerts, fight nights, workshops and much more. It is one of the most important theatres in the South West.


Buckland Abbey

Buckland Abbey

Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6EY
Tel: 01822 853607
www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buckland-abbey

A wonderful historic abbey and estate dating back to the 13th century, it has been the home of Cistercian monks and the Elizabethan seafarers Drake and Grenville. The abbey is a wonderful place to explore with furnished rooms and interactive museum galleries. On the estate itself there are beautiful gardens, orchards and woodland walks. Whether visiting by yourself or with your family there is something of interest to everyone. Excellent restaurant and well-equipped shop selling local food, ciders and ales, curios and gifts.


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Dartmoor Zoological Park

Sparkwell, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 5DG
Tel: 01752 837645
www.dartmoorzoo.org

The award winning Dartmoor Zoo is located just five miles from Plymouth in wonderful countryside. The zoo is set in 33 acres of leafy woodland, and has been the subject of books, documentaries and even a Hollywood Film starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. Family owned, it boasts the widest variety of big cats in the South west. There are also bears, wolves, tapir, meerkats, monkeys, deer and much more. The animals can be seen in specially designed enclosures to allow a closer experience and great photography.


Woodlands Theme Park, Devon

Woodlands Family Theme Park

Blackawton, Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7DQ
Tel: 01803 712598
www.woodlandspark.com

A day out with a massive variety of attractions and activities that families can all enjoy and take part in. Rides and attractions are grouped together in at least ten different themes and include roller coaster rides, swing boats, water rides and slides. Loads of things to do indoors too if it's wet. Plenty of refreshment facilities with diners, cafes and snack bars.

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