Plymouth is a port city located on the Devon/Cornwall border. Built at the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar, Plymouth has been a site of regional importance since its early history. Today, it is Devon’s largest city and home to over 250,000 people.
With its rich maritime heritage and its status as the regional capital for culture, Plymouth is one of the most dynamic and fascinating places to visit in Devon.
Plymouth’s early history extends to the Bronze Age, but came flourished in the ninth century. Back then, the settlement was called Sutton, but would later be named Plymouth.
As an important port city, the town was often the target of enemies across the English Channel, especially during the Hundred Years’ War. In 1403, the town was briefly occupied and burnt by Breton raiders.
During the Renaissance, the city’s most famous citizen, and mayor, was the seafaring hero, Sir Francis Drake.
The city’s naval importance later led to its being targeted by the German military and partially destroyed by bombing during World War II.
Today, the city has a popular university, which specialises in marine science. Thanks to the student population, there’s always something going on in Plymouth. In the back streets and along the front you’ll find some of the best places to eat in Devon.
There’s a cluster of celebrity chef restaurants in Plymouth, and many of its eateries are supplied with fresh produce by the local farms and fishermen.
The city also plays host for many national and local events and attractions, including:
- British Art Show
- America’s Cup World Series
- The Armed Forces Day National Event
- Barbican Jazz and Blues Festival
- British Fireworks Championships
- Marine City Festival