With its natural harbour and open access to the Atlantic, Plymouth found wealth and a national strategic importance during the establishment of British naval dominance in the colonisation of the new world.
In 1620 the Pilgrim Fathers departed from Plymouth aboard The Mayflower to establish the second English colony in America. Sir Francis Drake, navigator, privateer, vice admiral of the British Royal Navy and mayor of Plymouth from 1581 is possibly the city's most famous resident. To this day on Plymouth Hoe, remains a wide grass meadow. According to popular myth, this is the place where Sir Francis Drake insisted on completing his game of bowls to allow wind and tide to change in his favour, enabling his defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Today Plymouth is a popular tourist destination, and the city itself attracts large numbers of visitors, as well as being home to a large student population.
In September 2013 Plymouth became a Social Enterprise City bringing different parts of the city together for the benefit of the local community. It now has over 150 organisations working across a huge range of sectors including education, health, arts, environment, food, finance, housing, business support, and social care. There is a burgeoning economy of small businesses, many of which you can find in this guide. This all adds up to a very vibrant place indeed and whether you're here to visit, study or live you will be a part of something that is continuing to grow and flourish!
So go on! Stroll through the sixteenth century Barbican District, relax in the parks or simply delight in some of the best independent businesses, projects and organisations around!
CAFES & RESTAURANTS
Cooking it real and bringing you the best of Thai, Vietnamese , Malay, Laos and Myanmar street food , with an open kitchen, fresh fish counter. Enjoy the vibe sat on the harbour’s side as you watch the sun go down.
SHOPs & Galleries
PUBS & BARS
Relax from morning til after dark in this ornate, former 19th Century converted city treasury building, famed for its alternative afternoon teas, fresh fruit cocktails, and interesting all day food menus. Got an event lined up and need a venue? Have a sneaky peak at the stylish function room upstairs.