Designed by Victorian architect Sir John Rennie and constructed between 1825 and 1831, Royal William Yard is steeped in history. Considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain, it is also the largest collection of Grade 1 listed military buildings in Europe.
The Royal William Yard is a thriving hub for many Plymouth businesses and retailers. The Yard is one of Plymouth’s premier lifestyle destinations and is an arts and culture destination with regular public events taking place including outdoor theatre productions and open-air cinema, arts and crafts markets and the launch of Community Interest Company Ocean Studios offering opportunities for over 100 artists in residence.
Accessible by land and sea, the Yard has its own harbour with mooring facilities and Royal William Yard’s own ferry service, which makes regular daily trips from the Yard to the Barbican Landing Stage and back. Visitors to the Yard can explore a multitude of independent retailers, restaurants and lounge bars.
The options are plentiful at the Yard and offer something for all including the brand new Wildwood with specialised children’s menus, The Bakery renowned for delicious breakfasts as well as Seco Lounge, Prezzo, Las Iguanas, Bistrot Pierre and Le Vignoble wine lounge - well-known for its regular expert wine events.
For those wanting to enjoy an open space, visitors to Royal William Yard can relax on the lawn and take advantage of the sea views of Plymouth Sound through the tunnel which offers a perfect look out point.
The Elizabethan House is a historic property laid out in the style of a merchant or sea captain’s home from the 1600s. The house is currently closed due to essential conservation work.
The Mayflower Museum explores the story of the voyage of the Pilgrims and their journey aboard the Mayflower.
Park / Open Space
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park is listed as Grade I on the National Register of Historic Parks and Gardens.
The Mayflower is thought to have made a final unexpected stop at Newlyn Bay, Cornwall to take a supply of fresh water on board.
Refined Georgian house with a notable interior, period furnishings, porcelain and smart grounds.
Guided Walking Tour
Delivering luxurious, customisable trips For private groups.
Smeaton's Tower is a memorial to celebrated civil engineer John Smeaton, designer of the third and most notable Eddystone Lighthouse.
The oldest working gin distillery in England. The Pilgrims are thought to have dined here on the eve of the Mayflower departure.
The Box, a state of the art museum, will open in 2020 as the flagship building for the Mayflower 400 commemorations.
Monument / Memorial
A monument to commemorate and mark the departure of the Mayflower ship from Plymouth in 1620.
The National Marine Aquarium is the largest aquarium in the United Kingdom.
Guided Walking Tour
Unique Devon Tours organises fascinating and entertaining holidays for small groups in this beautiful and intriguing area of England.
Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa
Crowne Plaza, Plymouth
Jurys Inn Plymouth
New Continental Hotel
Premier Inn Sutton Harbour
The Duke of Cornwall Hotel
The Grosvenor Plymouth
Bed & Breakfast
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