Information about Plymouth and the Surrounding Area

Plymouth is the third largest City in Southern England and you’ll find plenty to see and do here.

It is a City of historic and maritime significance whose origins can be traced back to Saxon times. In 1670 a Citadel was built on the Hoe, the highest point above the town and the first Royal dockyard was opened in 1690 on the banks of the Tamar and, from then on, Plymouth continued to grow in military importance.

The Hoe

Sir Francis Drake set off on several important voyages from Plymouth and The Hoe is famously known, according to popular legend, as being the place where he played bowls while the Spanish Armada sailed up the English Channel before being defeated in 1588.

The Hoe is now a lovely parkland environment with wide, grassed areas where people often sit and picnic. It has a statue commemorating Sir Francis Drake and several war memorials, the largest commemorating the Naval dead of the two world wars. It also has the famous Smeatons Tower, which is the upper half of the Eddystone Lighthouse, originally built on Eddystone Rocks before being dismantled in 1877 and moved stone by stone to the Hoe. There are spectacular views from here across Plymouth Sound and right on the shoreline is the Tinside pool an open air lido built in the 1930’s where you can swim during the summer months.

The Barbican

The Barbican is the old harbour district of Plymouth. It is now a cosmopolitan area with open air, umbrella-covered cafes, interesting bars, quaint shops and cobbled streets. Here you will find the Mayflower Steps from where the Pilgrims set sail to the New World in 1620. It is also home to The National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth Gin Factory and The Elizabethan House and is a lovely spot to watch the boats in the harbour whilst having a meal and a drink.

The City

Although large parts of the City Centre were destroyed by bombing during World War II, it is now a delight for visitors of all ages. It has wide pedestrianised streets, landscaped gardens, water features and street cafes. The City Centre boasts all the major chain stores and many Department Stores, along with indoor and outdoor markets and craft fairs. At night it turns into a glittering City of Entertainment and Culture.

In a great position

The Seymour Guest House is perfectly situated for your visit to Plymouth and Plymouth, in turn, is an ideal base for touring South Devon and Cornwall as so many places of interest are within easy reach.

Torbay, known as the English Riviera, is an hour’s drive away. Visit Paignton Zoo or the quaint fishing harbour of Brixham. Travel to the nearby South Hams for golden, sandy beaches or escape the hustle and bustle and take a trip to the wild and beautiful Dartmoor National Park and see the notorious Dartmoor ponies. Cross into Cornwall and visit lovely villages and coastal resorts such as Looe, Newquay, Penzance and St Ives or call in to the Eden Project at St Austell.

You can arrive in Cornwall either by road across the Tamar Bridge or by the chain-driven car ferry that runs regularly from the Devonport area of Plymouth to Torpoint.

In addition, there are many boat trips available from the harbour. These will take you to the local beaches of Cawsand and Kingsand or to the pretty gardens and house of Mount Edgcumbe Park.

If you are on foot, or do not want to take the car, many places can be easily accessed by bus or train and both stations are within walking distance of the guest house.

We look forward to seeing you and feel sure you’ll enjoy your stay.