Plymouth was largely destroyed during the Second World War and has built itself up to become a diverse and modern place with much of its historic maritime character still remaining. Situated on the estuary of the river Plym and Tamar it is an active and bustling place with plenty of things to see and do, making it a great city for all seasons.

This University City has many activities to offer the visitor: a shopping centre with a good selection of shops, as well as a cinema, sports centre with ice rink. For something cultural try the Theatre Royal, which presents everything from Shakespeare and pantomime to pop concerts.

Visit the award winning Plymouth Dome – an all weather attraction which takes you back into the city’s past – don’t miss the Elizabethan street. Learn all about Plymouth Gin at one of the oldest working distilleries in the country where Plymouth Gin is still made today to the old traditional recipe.

Alternatively go to the National Marine aquarium where you can experience the fascinating underwater world with creatures such as seahorses and sharks. If all that sounds too much like hard work then why not just soak up some of the atmosphere on the waterfront with stunning views across the harbour.

Then again you can always enjoy some of the beautiful scenery which surrounds Plymouth and take a pleasure cruise along the Plymouth Sound and up the River Tamar.

With a great naval past, Plymouth has much on offer for the visitor in search of a bit of history. Go to see the famous statue of Sir Francis Drake on Plymouth Hoe, which overlooks Plymouth Sound and Drakes Island. This is where Drake famously continued his game of bowls when the Spanish Armada were seen approaching.

Experience some of the maritime character of this city by visiting the shops and ‘Mayflower steps’ at the Barbican where the Pilgrim Fathers left for the New World in the Mayflower ship. Alternatively go and see the beautiful John Piper stained glass windows at St Andrews Church or visit the Elizabethan House and Merchant House in the centre.

Further afield discover the picturesque towns of Saltash and Looe just over the border into Cornwall.