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The Barbican

The Barbican is a very old and historical area of Plymouth, perhaps best known for the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers once set sail for the New World of America.

You will find lots of small shops around the Barbican, with quite unique and interesting things to buy. If you want to buy a gift for someone, then this could be a good place to visit.

This area is also quite heavily loaded with cafes, restaurants, pubs and bars. There is a nice covered area alongside the harbour where many small cafes provide lots of tasty treats! Go buy something and sit down, covered from the rain and even with outdoor heaters. Also be sure to try a burger or hot dog from "Cap'n Jaspers" - one of the oldest and most famous fast food bar's in the city. As for restaurants, you have a wide variety from Italian pasta / pizza bars to Indian restaurants as well as some more traditional English restaurants.

The nightlife in the Barbican area is also quite unique. Rather than the fast and hectic clubbing areas of Plymouth there are some local pubs as well as a good Jazz bar for a more relaxing night out, perhaps after a meal and walk along the harbour.

On the other side of the harbour, across the bridge over the harbour lock, you will find the National Marine Aquarium. If you keep going past that, you will eventually arrive at the Barbican Leisure Park, which hosts the Vue Cinema complex, bowling alley, fitness centre, various restaurants and fast foods, as well as the Oceana nightclub.

Walking along the coast to the south west of the Barbican, you will find yourself at the Hoe, another beautiful area on Plymouth's Coast.

Other Images:

Harbour and Aquarium
Southside Street
Harbour, pub and jazz club
Looking out towards Plymouth Sound
Some yachts anchored up


Distance from Sundial Rough Walking Time
704 metres 9 minutes

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