Barbican attractions - Plymouth, Devon
Plymouth Barbican is a wonderful mix of historic buildings dating from the early sixteenth century which are home to shops of all type, and to pubs and restaurants. Imagine sitting outside Cap’n Jasper’s on the cobbled pathway with a cooling drink, smelling the salt air, watching the fishing boats, as the sun slips towards the horizon, pointing the way for The Mayflower.
Barbican Fish Market
The Barbican fish market has moved to a new location and has been replaced by the lot less smelly, Plymouth Barbican Glassworks where visitors can view the finest Dartington Crystal.
Fish are never far from view in the Barbican and the National Maritime Aquarium has a wonderful roof with a wave design and windows of green glass. The aquarium is accessed via a swing footbridge so that yachts with tall masts can motor through. The National Maritime Aquarium contains the deepest water tank in Europe and is Britain’s largest aquarium.
Anyone who visits the Barbican should visit the aquarium where there are sharks that swim so close that you are only the thickness of the glass away. Divers at feeding times enter the deep water tank to feed the sharks and other fish.
The view of Plymouth Barbican bay is beautiful from the aquarium and on fine days eating outside at the restaurant while enjoying the view is a truly memorable treat.
Beryl Cook Pubs in Plymouth
The famous artsist Beryl Cook spent many years living on the Barbican and frequented pubs such as the Dolphin Inn Hotel and many of the scenes and people in her painting are taken fromt hese Barbican pubs. Many look similar to how they do in the orginal paintings. You can also find a couple of art galleries on the Barbican with Beryl Book paintings for sale.
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