Designed by Victorian architect Sir John Rennie and constructed between 1825 and 1831, Royal William Yard is steeped in history. Considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain, it is also the largest collection of Grade 1 listed military buildings in Europe.
The Royal William Yard is a thriving hub for many Plymouth businesses and retailers. The Yard is one of Plymouth’s premier lifestyle destinations and is an arts and culture destination with regular public events taking place including outdoor theatre productions and open-air cinema, arts and crafts markets and the launch of Community Interest Company Ocean Studios offering opportunities for over 100 artists in residence.
Accessible by land and sea, the Yard has its own harbour with mooring facilities and Royal William Yard’s own ferry service, which makes regular daily trips from the Yard to the Barbican Landing Stage and back. Visitors to the Yard can explore a multitude of independent retailers, restaurants and lounge bars.
The options are plentiful at the Yard and offer something for all including the brand new Wildwood with specialised children’s menus, The Bakery renowned for delicious breakfasts as well as Seco Lounge, Prezzo, Las Iguanas, Bistrot Pierre and Le Vignoble wine lounge - well-known for its regular expert wine events.
For those wanting to enjoy an open space, visitors to Royal William Yard can relax on the lawn and take advantage of the sea views of Plymouth Sound through the tunnel which offers a perfect look out point.
The Elizabethan House is a historic property laid out in the style of a merchant or sea captain’s home from the 1600s. The house is currently closed due to essential conservation work.
The Mayflower Museum explores the story of the voyage of the Pilgrims and their journey aboard the Mayflower.
Park / Open Space
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is listed as Grade I on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
The Mayflower is thought to have made a final unexpected stop at Newlyn, Cornwall to take a supply of fresh water on board.
Adult tickets start at £8
Guided Walking Tour
Explore the historic city of Plymouth with the expert guides from Devon & Cornwall Tour Guides
Refined Georgian house with a notable interior, period furnishings, porcelain and smart grounds.
Guided Walking Tour
Delivering luxurious, customisable trips For private groups.
Smeaton's Tower is a memorial to celebrated civil engineer John Smeaton, designer of the third and most notable Eddystone Lighthouse.
The oldest working gin distillery in England. The Pilgrims are thought to have dined here on the eve of the Mayflower departure.
The Box, a state of the art museum, will open in 2020 as the flagship building for the Mayflower 400 commemorations.
Monument / Memorial
A monument to commemorate and mark the departure of the Mayflower ship from Plymouth in 1620.
The National Marine Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the United Kingdom.
1620 will be a landmark redevelopment on the iconic facade of Plymouth Hoe.
Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa
The 5-star Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa is situated on the edge of Dartmoor National Park and just five minutes from Plymouth.
The Copthorne Hotel Plymouth offers spectacular views towards the historic Barbican and Hoe areas.
Crowne Plaza Plymouth
Overlooking Plymouth Hoe's greenery and the coastline, the Crowne Plaza Plymouth is less than 10 minutes' walk from Plymouth city centre. Panoramic views across the Plymouth Sound bay feature in the 11th-floor dining room.
Jurys Inn Plymouth
In the heart of the city centre adjacent to Plymouth's historic tourist quarter and shopping centre.
New Continental Hotel
The New Continental Hotel’s central location makes it easy to explore Plymouth's maritime delights.
Premier Inn Sutton Harbour
Dream of life on the open waves with Premier Inn Hotel Plymouth City Centre (Sutton Harbour). Just minutes from Plymouth's bustling shops and buzzing nightlife you're in a great location.
The Duke of Cornwall Hotel
Set in the heart of Britain’s Ocean City, the Duke of Cornwall is a stunning period hotel brimming with character and style.
The Grosvenor Plymouth
Bed & Breakfast
Originally built in 1879 this beautiful Victorian property has been welcoming guests since 1990.
Travelodge Plymouth is in the heart of the city, a short walk from the breathtaking views of Plymouth Sound from Hoe Park.
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