Plymouth is also known as Britain’s Ocean city. Situated in the south west of England, it is known for its historic Barbican and water front. Although, beneath the well-known landmarks, there is so much more to see. Here are 10 secret spots in Plymouth totally worth checking out for an exclusive experience.
Secret Beaches of Plymouth:
Plymouth is famously known for the beautiful water front, Plymouth Hoe. Although it is more commonly known that there are no well-known, used beaches itself in the main city. That is until Cellar beach came to my attention. It is a remote beach owned by the national trust. The crystal-clear water is great for rock pooling and has amazing views of Wembury bay.
The Barbican is another well-known tourist destination in Plymouth. If you walk down a covered arch way you will find yourself in a calm Elizabethan garden, it is pretty and tranquil which seems almost strange for the busy location it is set in. Enjoy the peace and quiet as you enjoy exploring the beautiful flowers and fresh air. This is one of the best secret spots in Plymouth!
Queen Anne’s Battery:
This normally quiet destination is the home to many famous sea voyagers around the world. The site offers limited free parking and inside you will find a handful of independent restaurant’s that offer views of the Plymouth Hoe and sailing boats as you sit and enjoy a drink or light bite to eat.
Freshly baked treats:
The column bake house is Plymouth’s first and only social enterprise bakery. This small independent shop provides an old worldly experience of being able to buy award wining handmade bread, specialising in sourdough and artisan breads that contain locally sourced ingredients for an organic tasty treat. This is one of the best secret spots in Plymouth!
Hidden forest walks:
Located on the East side of Plymouth is Cann Woods. Also known as Plym woods to the locals. Entering the wood, you can walk, cycle or maybe even enjoy a picnic whilst taking in the beautiful views of wildlife and the valley.
Plymouth’s national park:
Dartmoor national park, is an incredible landscape that provides a home for ponies and other wildlife such as Rare birds and butterflies. This unique un-ruined landscape provides vast space to explore. Take your car and park, hike or walk and explore miles of fresh air and greenery. This is one of the best secret spots in Plymouth!
A day of history:
If you enjoy a museum, Plymouth is full of heritage and world class history. The Mayflower museum showcases the story of the voyage of the Pilgrims and their journey to the new world. Enjoy the story of their journey across three floors.
Swaney cove is a secret haven rarely mentioned on any maps, located in the South Hams area. So, if you want to avoid the crowds, this secret gem is the place for you. You can see views of the river Yealm and enjoy views of small fishing boats and greenery.
One of the south west’s most famous landmarks Smeaton’s tower was built in 1759. This may not seem like a hidden gem but taking the time to enter the lighthouse and reading about how coast guards used to live provides an interesting insight into Plymouth’s history. Not to mention the 72-foot-high tower offers spectacular 360-degree views of Plymouth Sound and the rest of the city. This is one of the best secret spots in Plymouth!
The fort’s of Plymouth:
Crownhill Fort is a preserved Victorian defence, owned by the Landmark trust. The fort now homes; weddings, businesses and holiday parks. Although, on the last day of every month the public can have tours through the many tunnels and witness cannon firings.
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