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Barbican, Plymouth

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Neighborhood Tourist Spot
One of the few places in the city still intact after the Blitz in World War II, Barbican retains it original architecture. Along the promenade, you'll find the National Marine Aquarium with the deepest tanks in Europe, the 16th-century Elizabethan House, and the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrims set sail in 1620. The area has inspired many artists, including Robert Lenkiewicz, who lived and worked in the community for most of his life. Make your first stop the visitor's center, where you can pick up information on all these sites and other gems hidden among the many shops, restaurants, and bars. To visit Barbican and get the most from your holiday in Plymouth, create itinerary details personal to you using our Plymouth vacation planner.
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  • The Barbican has a lot of great restaurants, bars and pubs. It also has a few shops of different varities, eg clothes and gifts. There's a few antique shops which are tucked away but well worth a visi...  more »
  • a good place for a walk lots of shops and cafes to wander around. next time we go we will do the gin tour it looks interesting.  more »
  • Had a reunion in Plymouth and this is now the place to go for your social life.Looks tired in the day but comes alive at nights with parties in all the pubs being in close proximity. Felt safe and a g...  more »

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