Cultural Venues (Self Guided), Plymouth

Plymouth - the beautiful maritime town of international value has been called 'city of the world' for its vibrant cultural scene and historic legacy. Elizabethan houses or England's oldest gin distillery, Plymouth's jewels will satisfy any curious mind. Get closer to British heritage through the cultural and historical places of this one of a kind city with this self-guided walking tour.
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Cultural Venues Map

Guide Name: Cultural Venues
Guide Location: England » Plymouth (See other walking tours in Plymouth)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 6
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Author: VictoriaB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Theatre Royal
  • Guildhall
  • The Merchants House
  • Elizabethan House
  • Plymouth Mayflower
  • Plymouth Arts Center
Theatre Royal

1) Theatre Royal (must see)

The Theatre Royal consists of a large main auditorium that can produce West End musicals, opera and ballet; a smaller experimental theatre called The Drum; and, on a separate site, a production and education centre known as Theatre Royal 2. Theatre Royal was designed in 1977 by the Peter Moro Partnership, which had already designed a number of new theatres around the country. Building started in 1979 and the theatre was officially opened on 5 May 1982 by Princess Margaret.

The Theatre Royal comprises 1315 seats, but has a unique ability to compress the auditorium, creating a more intimate performance space of 787. It has a steep auditorium with two galleries and very large proscenium arch. The range of work presented and produced is extensive and includes major touring drama and musical productions, as well as leading opera and dance companies (including Birmingham Royal Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, Glyndebourne On Tour and Welsh National Opera). The Theatre Royal also produces its own drama and musical productions each year, usually with commercial or subsidised partners. Many tour nationally or transfer to the West End.
Sight description based on wikipedia

2) Guildhall (must see)

In the heart of the city stands this grandiose monument to Victorian art. The interior of the Guildhall is just as imposing as its fantastic facade. Plymouth's most important historic events are depicted on a set of stained glass windows. In the main hall hangs a Gobelin tapestry, portraying Raphael's 'Miraculous Draught of Fishes' – a present from Napoleon III.
The Merchants House

3) The Merchants House

This beautiful 16th century residence was the home of several Plymouth mayors. The house is currently a magnificent display of various artifacts in its four mini museums. Old curiosities, a Victorian schoolroom, Blitz room and Edwardian pharmacy provide an exclusive glance into Plymouth's vibrant history.

Closed Sundays and Mondays. Open Bank Holiday Mondays.

Open dates: March 30, 2010 – October 2, 2010 (inclusive).
Elizabethan House

4) Elizabethan House (must see)

A rare surviving structure of its period, the Elizabethan House is a great example of early 1600s living in Britain. The practically unchanged 7 rooms on 3 floors have bare wooden floors and original furniture, taking you back to Drake's Plymouth.
Plymouth Mayflower

5) Plymouth Mayflower

Plymouth Mayflower Center takes you on a fascinating journey through time. Discover how Plymouth's seaside location influenced its evolution – a trading port, fishing centre and a point that saw the beginning of numerous marine adventures. For centuries, Sutton harbour was in the middle of many world famous historical events, the most important being the epic voyage of the Pilgrim fathers aboard the Mayflower towards the New world.

The Mayflower exhibition is open :

April to October: Monday - Saturday 9-5 and Sunday 10 - 4

November – March: Monday - Friday 9 - 5 and Saturday 10-4
Plymouth Arts Center

6) Plymouth Arts Center

Plymouth Arts Centre is a nationally-renowned, contemporary arts gallery, with frequent exhibitions by local and regional artists. Located in a historic buildling it is also home to Plymouth's only independent cinema, screening international movies, and a lovely vegetarian restaurant as well.

Walking Tours in Plymouth, England

Create Your Own Walk in Plymouth

Create Your Own Walk in Plymouth

Creating your own self-guided walk in Plymouth is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Family Attractions of Plymouth

Family Attractions of Plymouth

The beautiful waterfront town of Plymouth is a joy to discover with the whole family. The Marine Aquarium alone can keep you busy all day. Learn, relax and have fun together – Plymouth has something to offer for all ages. Take this walking tour and get to know this friendly town even better!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Top Religious Sites

Top Religious Sites

Plymouth is home to Devon's largest church parish as well as the oldest synagogue in the English speaking countries. Credited with being the site of the first church built in Saxon times, Plymouth is a delight to discover for all lovers of religious architecture. Take a walk and enjoy the divine side of Plymouth!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles
Historical Barbican Neighborhood

Historical Barbican Neighborhood

Plymouth's Barbican neighbourhood is the oldest in the city, located in the old harbour area. Being one of the few parts of the city to escape destruction during the WWII Blitz, the Barbican boasts architecture from the early sixteenth century and on. Discover Barbican's wonderful mix of historic buildings, lively pubs and restaurants with this walking tour guide.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 Km or 0.3 Miles
Plymouth Shopping Tour

Plymouth Shopping Tour

The beautiful Plymouth is great not just for sightseeing but can be a wonderful place to shop as well. You can't leave this town without a bottle of its world famous gin, or at least a post card with one of its amazing views. Take this self-guided walking tour to find your way among the many souvenir, specialty and high street brand shops.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Plymouth Introduction Walking Tour

Plymouth Introduction Walking Tour

Plymouth, one of Britain's most prominent cities, boasts a great maritime heritage and a number of landmarks of both aesthetic and historic value. Barbican district – home of the Mayflower Steps, a place from where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked on their voyage to America in 1620; and the Sutton Harbour - home to the National Marine Aquarium, are just some of them. The following orientation...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles