3 Things You May Not Know About Plymouth
There are many secrets, tales and moments in history woven deep within the walls of our luxury hotel. Plymouth is no stranger to prestigious moments in history. Were you aware of these three facts?
Almost 400 years ago, in 1620 to be exact, the Pilgrim Fathers departed from the Barbican. The journey would see them travel in the tiny Mayflower over treacherous seas to the new Plymouth colony in Massachusetts.
During your time in Plymouth, be sure to head to the Mayflower Steps and you will be able to see vessels such as warships and submarines that moor at Devonport. Take a boat trip and you can sail past Drake’s Island and historic naval dockyard – along the way you can see breakwater, the Tamar Bridge and the Royal Albert Bridge of Isambard Kingdom Brunel fame. A list of all the people onboard the Mayflower in 1620 can be viewed on display near the Mayflower Steps.
Plymouth is renowned for being an important base for Royal Navy vessels. Due to this, the city was heavily blitzed during World War II. Taking hits from 59 air raids, losing 1000 lives and destroying almost 4,000 houses, Plymouth was left in ruin and has been totally rebuilt in the years since.
The Barbican is well worth a visit as it is within walking distance of the city centre. Retaining the history of the city, you can take a guided tour of many important historical sites such as the 400-year old Black Friar’s Distillery and the Elizabethan House. Don’t forget to take your camera.
The oldest surviving house in Plymouth dates back to 1498. Prysten House on Finewell Street was built from local limestone and Dartmoor granite. It avoided the bombing during the war and is well worth factoring into any trip to Plymouth so you can get a feel for the city before it was rebuilt.
As well as visiting Prysten House, be sure to visit us at Langdon court. We are comprised of a single courtyard mansion from 1693 and boast Grade II* listed building status. Out walled garden is Grade II listed in the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens. Our distinguished past dates back to the Domesday Book, so not only are we one of the finest hotels Plymouth has ever seen, we are bursting with history and heritage.