The Mayflower Steps mark the final UK departure point of the Pilgrim Fathers – the band of settlers who founded New England's first...
Look out for a plaque bearing all the names of the brave pilgrims who set sail on the Mayflower in 1620.
Plymouth Boat Trips
This boat-trip company runs various scenic expeditions from the Barbican quayside, including regular one-hour excursions around...
This gloriously unreconstructed Barbican boozer is all scuffed tables, padded bench seats and an authentic, no-nonsense atmosphere....
A long-established eatery with fish so fresh it's just stopped flapping. Treats include the scallops sautéed in garlic butter and the...
For a glimpse of what Plymouth might have looked like before the bombers of the Luftwaffe had their way, head down to this historic harbour area, where the part-cobbled streets are lined with Tudor and Jacobean buildings, and old dockside warehouses have been turned into bars, restaurants and art galleries. It's also famous as the point from which the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World in 1620: the Mayflower Steps mark the spot.
The original passenger list can be seen on the side of Island House nearby. The steps also commemorate Captain James Cook's 1768 voyage of discovery and the first emigrant ships to Australia and New Zealand.
These days the Barbican is one of the city's liveliest, funkiest areas – not to mention one of its prettiest. Drink it all in, me hearties.