The Barbican

Landmarks and Historic Buildings

The Barbican is the name now given to the western and northern sides of the old harbour area of Plymouth. It was one of the few parts of the city to escape most of the destruction of The Blitz during the Second World War. The home of the Mayflower Steps from where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to America, and a statue to Sir Francis Drake, it is an area steeped in maritime history.

Today, the Barbican is a vibrant area of restaurants, pubs and bars with great views of the pleasure boat marina and across to Mount Batten. There is also some great independent shops selling local fudge, jewellery, antiques and paintings, and all kinds of other quaint curiosities.

Places to visit nearby

Plymouth, the largest city in the South West, has beautiful scenery, a wealth of attractions and a fascinating maritime history.

Nearby attractions

Plymouth Boat Trips is Plymouth's premier fishing, ferry and cruising company. Located on the historic Barbican, they offer fun packed fishing trips and relaxing harbour cruising as well as regular ferry departures from the...

The National Marine Aquarium is Britain's biggest aquarium, with the UK's deepest tank, and is a self funded charity. The aquarium opened in 1998 and is divided into 4 main zones: Plymouth Sound, British Coasts, Atlantic Ocean...

Plymouth Hoe is undoubtedly the heart of the city, and offers incredible views out across Plymouth Sound, Mount Batten and the Cornish coast.