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Burgh Island, Plymouth

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Burgh Island is a small tidal island on the coast of South Devon in England near the small seaside village of Bigbury-on-Sea. There are several buildings on the island, the largest being the Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel. The other buildings are three private houses, and a public house, the Pilchard Inn, run by the hotel.HistoryArchaeological discovery of tin ingots at the River Erme estuary wreck such that the local area was a significant tin trading port in ancient times ; it is unclear whether the ingots date from the Iron Age or Sub-Roman periods, however this discovery so close to Burgh Island has drawn comparisons with Diodorus Siculus 1C BCE text, more often associated with St Michaels Mount in Cornwall:The island has been known by various names over the years. Early records and maps mention it as St Michael's Island. The name later changed to Borough Island, eventually shortened to Burgh. As late as 1947 an Ordnance Survey map refers to the island as Borough Island. In 1908 a postcard produced by Stengel & Co Ltd of London referred to it as Burr Island. A map published in 1765 shows "Borough or Bur Isle".It is believed a monastery was established on the island, most of the remains of which may lie beneath the current hotel. The ancient Pilchard Inn may have started life as the guest lodgings for the monastery.
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  • Very large beach. Car park. Can go over to the hotel and the pub across the sand. Not allowed in the hotel unless you are a guest and an area in the pub for locals only. There is an area for visitors ...  more »
  • this is a great part of the west country to visit the island itself if very small and during high tide is only acessable by a special form of tractor. The hotel on the island is very expensive, but th...  more »
  • Small island walk with amazing views, dramatic cliffs down to the sea and the most amazing hotel. Well worth a visit.  more »
  • Frankly it's a bit over rated. Much nicer beaches and coves elsewhere on the coast.
  • Nice view from the top ! There is an expensive hotel on the island and a small pub which does not welcome children !! When there is low tide you can walk across otherwise there is a water tractor.
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