Historical Barbican Neighborhood (Self Guided), Plymouth

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.
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Historical Barbican Neighborhood Map

Guide Name: Historical Barbican Neighborhood
Guide Location: England » Plymouth (See other walking tours in Plymouth)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 Km or 0.3 Miles
Author: VictoriaB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Plymouth Gin Distillery, Museum and Shop
  • "The Last Judgement" Mural
  • Kaya Gallery
  • Barbican Gallery
  • Cap'n Jaspers
  • The Dolphin Hotel Pub
  • Shrimp Sculpture
Plymouth Gin Distillery, Museum and Shop

1) Plymouth Gin Distillery, Museum and Shop (must see)

Black Friars Distillery, England's oldest operating gin distillery, is the proud home of Plymouth Gin since 1793. The building was erected in the early 15th century, and the Refectory - oldest part of the building, still has the original Medieval hall and timber roof. Regular guided tours will make you a true connoisseur of the art of gin-making and of course, of everything pertaining to this world famous drink.
"The Last Judgement" Mural

2) "The Last Judgement" Mural

One of the most acclaimed British artists of modern times, Robert Lenkiewics (December 31, 1941 – August 5, 2002), was another famous Plymouth resident. Notable for his large scale paintings, he did several murals in his dear city. Though somewhat damaged, 'The Last Judgment' remains a great insight into the artist's work.
Kaya Gallery

3) Kaya Gallery

The Kaya Gallery offers a vast selection of artwork prints by world renowned artists, as well as original pieces by emerging local and national sculptors and photographers. The Gallery also stocks a collection of unique gifts like celebrity autographs, sourced from the most reputable autograph dealers.
Barbican Gallery

4) Barbican Gallery

Over time, the historic Barbican has been an inspiration for many renowned artists. Visit the Barbican Gallery on Southside Street for a chance to browse through or purchase a print of the works of Beryl Cook and others, and get closer to the atmosphere that inspired these masterpieces.
Cap'n Jaspers

5) Cap'n Jaspers

Plymouth's legendary Cap'n Jaspers restaurant, claiming a global following for its unusual style and unique character, is definitely the place to visit in the Barbican. Around for over 30 years, this seafront eatery offers half yard hot dogs, chili cheeseburgers and any kid of relish one could imagine.
The Dolphin Hotel Pub

6) The Dolphin Hotel Pub

The Dolphin Hotel is a pub on the Barbican in Plymouth, notable as the setting of several of the artist Beryl Cook's paintings. It is a no-frills unmodernised pub famous for its cask ale, draught Bass served straight from the barrel. It is listed in the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)'s Good Beer Guide and the 2008 Good Pub Guide. The sign on the front of the building has always called the pub the 'Dolphin Hotel'.

The pub also provided the setting for the BBC's poorly reviewed animated Janner comedy series Bosom Pals, which was based on some of the characters in Cook's paintings and featured the voices of Dawn French as the lead character Stella, Alison Steadman as her best friend Joan, and Timothy Spall as the Dolphin's real-life landlord Billy Holmes.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Shrimp Sculpture

7) Shrimp Sculpture

Though a sea-monster in some people's eyes, The Barbican iconic Shrimp sculpture is affectionately nicknamed by the locals the Barbican Prawn and guards the entrance to the harbour. This imaginative piece of urban art was installed as part of Plymouth's Council's efforts to reinvent the maritime city.

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