Plymouth is located in the south west county of Devon. Plymouth was the site upon which Sir Francis Drake and the English Navy set sail to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588. One of the most popular sites in Plymouth is the lighthouse, Smeatons Tower, Buckland Abbey, which was once the home of Drake is also a popular site in Plymouth. Saltram House as well as the Barbican are two other sites that visitors will want to make sure they do not miss. Both were featured in the film Sense and Sensibility. Plymouth Theatre Royal is also worth a visit for a wide variety of live performance and touring theatre.
Plymouth is a city on the south coast of Devon and has been a settlement since at least the Bronze Age. During Roman times, its location on the coast meant that it was used as a trading post. Sir Francis Drake is said to have played a game of bowls at Plymouth Hoe before taking on the Spanish Armada in 1588. The Plymouth Fathers left the city in 1620 to head to the New World, as America was known at the time, and to form the Plymouth Colony in what is now Massachusetts.
Plymouth is the fifteenth largest city in England, with more than a quarter of a million people. It is also one of the largest university towns in the UK and is home to the largest navy base in western Europe. Between them, these all make the city a thriving, bustling place to visit. Union Street is historically the place where visiting sailors would seek entertainment whilst they were on shore leave and during the 1930's it saw people like Charlie Chaplin perform here although nowadays it is mainly home to a lively selection of pubs and clubs.
Every August, the finals of the British Firework Championships take place in the city, with an estimated 200,000 people witnessing the displays along the waterfront. Some onlookers take to the water to witness the spectacle from the bay.
One of Plymouth's many historic buildings is the Royal Citadel. This was built in the late 1600's and overlooks the bay known as Plymouth Sound. At one time, the building was an important part of the English defence system and is still used by the military to this day, although you can get a guided tour of the building during the summer months.