Three Historical Sites in and around Plymouth

From the vibrant cobbled streets to the grand historic buildings, Plymouth is a city that wears its history with pride. As you plan your visit, allow us to guide you through some of Plymouth's most intriguing historical sites. These places will not only entertain you but will also provide a deeper understanding of the city's colourful past.

1. The Box: Unpacking History and Culture

One of the first stops on our tour is The Box – a gallery and archive in Plymouth which opened in 2020. Housed in the Edwardian Baroque-style Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, The Box holds an astounding collection of around 2 million items. Here, you will discover everything from fine art and maritime history to biology and natural sciences. Visitors often rave about the stunning life-sized mammoth exhibit and the comprehensive array of bird species. Make sure to set aside plenty of time and we recommend arriving early so you have time to explore all that The Box has to offer. Admission is free and there is no need to book in advance and the Box’s main entrance on Tavistock Place has step free access.

2. Saltram House: Elegance and Nobility Preserved

Next, we venture to the outskirts of Plymouth to visit the splendid Saltram House – a lovely, local National Trust Property. Overlooking the River Plym, this Georgian mansion offers visitors a peek into the lives of the British aristocracy. Marvel at its exquisitely decorated interiors, a rich collection of paintings, and well-preserved country house library. Don’t miss the beautiful 19th-century garden, home to a functioning 18th-century orangery which is not to be missed!  

3. Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park: Nature and Grandeur Combined

Lastly, we invite you to discover the beauty of Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park. Nestled on the Rame Peninsula, this Grade I listed country park spans a vast 885 acres. Not only can visitors explore the magnificent gardens and parkland, but they can also step inside the historic Mount Edgcumbe House. Whether it’s a leisurely stroll along the scenic beaches, a refreshing walk through the woods, or a quiet picnic, there’s something for everyone here.

Plymouth is more than just a city; it’s a living, breathing historical tapestry. We hope this guide inspires you to embark on your own adventure, exploring Plymouth’s many fascinating corners. Happy exploring!

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