Plymouth waterfront is not an easy place to get to know. The city’s advantage as a major naval port is based on its excellent harbour, and fortress like foreshore. Plymouth Hoe rises steeply from the waterfront, and acts as a natural barrier to the main part of the city, which lies behind it.
The view from the Hoe is certainly spectacular.
To the east of the Hoe is a manmade barrier in the form of the Royal Citadel.
Its uncompromising stone walls don’t whisper a word of welcome.
Behind the Citadel we find the historic heart of Plymouth, the Barbican. This area is steeped in maritime history, including the famous Mayflower Steps from which the pilgrims set of for America. You can imagine the sailers and emmigrants walking through this old quay to board their tiny ship. At a later point in the mid 1800’s ships bound for Australia also departed from Plymouth, which was the reason why my family history trip brought me to this part of Devon.
Despite exensive bombing of the city in WW2 the area still preserves many of the historic buildings.
These days, the Barbican is the main focal point for tourism in the city.
It is adjacent to the very up-to-date Sutton Harbour marina, which acts as a temporary home to modern seafarers and adventurers.
I was attracted to the tranquility of this boat in the inner harbour area and used a close up of it as one of my greeting cards.