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While we’ve been in lockdown, we’ve had time to look more closely at what’s on our doorstep. The Waterfront is blessed has a very beautiful doorstep, being right on the water! Apart from gazing at the view, there are lots of other attractions around and, lockdown permitting, we hope they’ll be up and running again this summer…

  1. Take a hike

Plymouth has a fascinating maritime history – take a stroll along the waterfront and you will come across all sorts of interesting historical items with plaques and models commemorating various events. The water’s edge is also part of the famous South West Coast Path that snakes around the coast for 630 miles.

  1. A room with a view

A centrepiece of Plymouth’s Hoe and part of The Waterfront’s wonderful view is Smeaton’s Tower, one of the South West’s most iconic landmarks. The lighthouse was originally built on the Eddystone reef in 1759 but was taken down in the early 1880s when it was discovered that the sea was undermining the rock it was standing on. Around two-thirds of the structure was moved stone by stone to its current resting place on the Hoe. Standing at 72ft high, Smeaton’s Tower offers fantastic views of Plymouth Sound and the city from its lantern room that, along with the rest of the building, has been painstakingly restored to its original glory.

  1. The Barbican

Plymouth’s delightful old port, The Barbican, is full of narrow cobbled streets, Elizabethan warehouses, specialist shops, art galleries, and cafés. The distinctive single-storey glazed building on the waterfront was formerly the old fish market (now re-located to the facing quay on the other side of the Harbour) has been converted into a retail visitor attraction. From the cobbled area outside, you resume walking along the ancient quays which would have been where the Pilgrims and many of Plymouth’s merchants, mariners, privateers, and buccaneers would have passed, over the centuries.

  1. Look II

Sir Antony Gormley is one of the world’s most celebrated artists and, to commemorate Mayflower 400 and the opening of Plymouth’s new museum, The Box, his sculpture LOOK II was installed on West Hoe Pier – right in front of The Waterfront pub! The site is where Sir Francis Chichester landed in 1967 as the first and fastest person to sail single-handed around the world by the clipper route in the Gipsy Moth. The Waterfront pub has its own place in maritime history. It is a Grade II listed building and was formerly the home of the Royal Western Yacht Club, founded in 1827. It introduced short-handed races including the Single-Handed Trans Atlantic Race, most famously won by… Sir Francis Chichester!

  1. Below the waterline

Finding what’s going on below the waves is a great way to spend a day! The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium has over 5,000 Ocean animals and awe-inspiring exhibits. A visit will take you on a journey around the different zones of the world’s ocean, from the local waters of Plymouth Sound, all the way to the tropical seas of the Great Barrier Reef, and everywhere in between!  The Aquarium is a pleasant 25-minute walk away from The Waterfront pub.