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Plymouth Harbour

Plymouth

Self-guided walks for the Curious...

Explore Plymouth city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with a treasure hunt theme. Discover Plymouth's "hidden treasures" whilst having a fun day out with family and friends!
Plymouth, one of Britain's foremost maritime ports, is a vibrant waterfront city. Taste the salty air down at the Barbican, with its quaint cobbled streets hugged by restaurants and drinking places, or take a boat trip around the Sound from the Mayflower Steps, or perhaps try a tipple at the Plymouth Gin distillery. Further up there's the Plymouth Hoe, with its Bowling Green made famous by Captain Drake - look out at navy vessels plying their way to secret destinations, or take a plunge in an art-deco swimming pool!

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Curious About... Plymouth

  • An exploration of Plymouth's city centre with two self-guided heritage walks with an optional treasure hunt. Completing the treasure hunt keeps everyone actively engaged, and urges you to look up, down and every which-way - so you won't miss out on any of the city's treasures.
    Explore, Discover, and Enjoy!
  • Most clues are chosen for their historical value, so you'll learn about the diverse culture, significant people and extraordinary events which have influenced Plymouth in becoming what it is today.
  • This is an outdoor, unsupervised activity - so you can go at a pace which suits you, whilst keeping you healthy!
  • A Curious About walk is a fun and social activity for all the family and friends. Different people can take on different roles - follow the map, identify picture clues, read directions, etc - it's ideal for children from the age of 6, and if you can walk/wheelchair it, you're young enough!
  • The two walks have been designed so that the second one follows on from where the first one ends. Do both, or have a breather and do the second one another day! They both start and finish in the heart of the city - so buses, trains and car parks are easily available to get you there and back.

1. The Hoe to Sutton Harbour - 1.5 miles / 2.4 kms
From The Hoe are incredible views out to sea, with small ships scuttling by, and majestic warships plying their way to secret places. See the bowling green where Drake played before attacking the Spanish Armada. Walk alongside an historic Guildhall, and ancient churches. Sample some humbler streets in Old Town, then end your walk at the bustling Barbican district, and the busy harbour’s edge.
1.5 hoursOK but diversion maybe needed

2. Sutton Harbour to West Pier - 1 mile / 1.6 kms
Passing an historic gin distillery, and colourful shops, this walk takes you down a narrow street, purpose built in the 16th century for wealthy merchants and prosperous sea captains. A chance to visit an enchanting Elizabethan Gardens before walking by the Royal Citadel, built in the 17th century on the site of a fort. Finish your walk at West Pier, from where the Pilgrim Fathers once sailed to colonise America.
1 hourOK

Each booklet has a page dedicated to the history of the city and 2 pages summarising each walk with suggestions on what to visit along the way. Walk 1 has 21 clues & walk 2 has 14 - both with detailed directions to follow. There are interesting stories about important people, places & events along the way; detailed instructions on how to find a clue if you're stuck; and a comprehensive map with the routes marked on.
Buy a booklet by clicking on the Add to Basket button, then either checkout, or continue shopping. Checkout takes you through payments via a quick & secure process managed by a third-party company called SendOwl. At the end of the payment process SendOwl will email you a confirmation email (inc download link if relevant).

Downloads
You have 14 days to complete your download, and up to 3 attempts are permitted. If you buy the print-at-home version you will need to print it on normal A4 paper and the email you receive, with the download link, explains how best to fold the pages to make it into an A5 booklet. If you buy the download to mobile version you will need pdf reading software on your phone or tablet, eg using the Adobe Acrobat App (free).

Printed Copy
The booklet has a flexible cover, which has been professionally printed. The inside pages are printed to order, to ensure that they are as up-to-date as possible. We post booklets out 1st class Royal Mail, usually the same, or next working day. A small postage & packing charge is added.

"Thanks for getting the booklets to us so quickly, the kids really enjoyed both walks - but we really loved the Elizabethan Gardens, which we'd never have found without these walks!"


Latest Revision : July 2022


Plymouth

Places you'll pass along the way - tap an image for more detail