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Plymouth City guide, including Plymouth Hotels

Maria Williams Williams

Plymouth is the vibrant regional capital of Devon and Cornwall. It is a

thriving modern city, a historic seafaring port and holiday centre with

something for everyone. When you want to escape the bustle and find a

little peace and quiet, Plymouth is the perfect place to start. With a

unique waterfront ambience and its spirit of the sea, Plymouth

encompasses great local and international cuisine, superb entertainment

and all weather activities throughout the year.

Places of interest:

There is plenty to do for all ages in and around Plymouth. A great

place to start is the Plymouth Dome, where you will learn the history

of the city. Then you can explore the Victorian Crownhill Fort, with

great cannons, underground tunnels, ramparts, barracks and a massive

dry moat. The state-of-the-art National Marine Aquarium is one of the

country`s premier tourist attractions, or you can enjoy one of the

other indoor attractions are on offer such as ten pin bowling, laser

games, ice skating or even an indoor beach at the Pavilions Fun Pool.

  • The Merchant`s House is where you can learn all about the trading

    that plays a major part in the history of Plymouth s past.

  • Plymouth Dome, sited in front of Plymouth Hoe, overlooks the great

    natural harbour of Plymouth Sound. This high tech interactive visitor

    centre on the Hoe, takes you on an extraordinary journey through the

    fascinating history of this great city.

  • National Marine Aquarium offers a really amazing experience, where

    you are taken on an unforgettable journey through the oceans of the

    world. You will encounter brilliantly coloured fish, delicate seahorses

    and awesome Caribbean Sharks.

  • Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is the place to experience and

    enjoy engaging exhibitions, fascinating collections, first rate

    services and exciting special events. The City`s Art Collections

    includes the nationally designated Cottonian Collection, or you can

    experience what the people of Plymouth do for pleasure in the social

    history displays.

  • The Barbican village is an essential port of call for you during

    your visit. It is a maritime treasure trove. It is where Drake and

    Raleigh once weighed anchor, and today you can find a bustling

    community of specialist shops, restaurants, cafés and

    world-class attractions, all in a picturesque harbour setting.

  • Things to do:

    Plymouth is where the coast and countryside are on the doorstep for you

    to explore. You can take a trip on the Cremyll foot ferry to the

    gardens and parkland of Mount Edgcumbe or visit stately homes like

    Saltram House with its Great Kitchen, Buckland Abbey, once home to Sir

    Francis Drake, or the 20th century Lutyens designed Castle Drogo. A

    train ride on the Tamar valley or South Devon railway, through the

    counties beautiful countryside or a trip up river or across the bay is

    a relaxing way to enjoy the local scenery but if you want excitement

    there are adventure parks at Dobwalls or Woodlands, both offering

    thrills and spills galore. For a more sedate trip the Waterfront

    Walkway, combines modern art with spectacular views. Plymouth, with its

    great natural harbour, is made for those who love the great outdoors;

    and of course for real family fun, nothing beats a sunny day on the

    beach, with a choice of secluded coves, or simply relax on the

    waterfront and enjoy the stunning views across the harbour.

  • Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount

    Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres of Country

    Park. It has been restored to the 18th century style, in keeping with

    the furniture and family treasures it holds. Features include paintings

    Bronze Age horns, 16th century tapestries and 18th century Chinese and

    Plymouth porcelain. The Country Park was the earliest landscaped park

    in Cornwall and comprises of Grade I listed gardens and fifty-five

    other listed structures.

  • Buckland Abbey was originally a small but influential Cistercian

    monastery. The house, incorporating the remains of the 13th-century

    abbey church, has rich associations with Sir Francis Drake and his

    seafaring rival, Sir Richard Grenville. Take a voyage of discovery to

    13th century Buckland Abbey and enjoy the story of this medieval

    monastery, which was uniquely converted into a Tudor home. You can also

    learn about the legendary life of Sir Francis Drake, his

    circumnavigation and the story of the Armada

  • Kingsbridge Cookworthy Museum is where you can discover the story

    of Kingsbridge in their 17th century schoolroom. There is also a

    complete walk - in Victorian kitchen, Edwardian pharmacy and a large

    farm gallery.

  • Buckfast Abbey is a living monastery in the beautiful Dart Valley.

    There is a magnificent Abbey Church, tranquil gardens and three unusual

    shops selling produce from Buckfast and other European Abbeys.

  • Food & Drink:

    When the sun goes down, it s time for the bright lights. International

    cuisine or traditional cooking, fine wine or real ale, it s up to you.

  • Artillery Tower is a most unusual and intimate restaurant. It is

    set facing the sea and is one of the oldest military buildings in

    Plymouth. Initially built to defend the realm, it now houses a fine

    dining-room offering a modern, fresh style of cooking, but with respect

    for traditional stocks, sauces and pastries.

  • Bistro Bené is a licensed waterfront restaurant in the

    Barbican. A haven tucked away in the middle of a bustling city,

    offering a superb choice of mouth-watering dishes in a relaxed,

    charming and intimate atmosphere.

  • Tanners Restaurant is known throughout the region for fine quality

    and attention to every detail. The best of local produce, prepared with

    style and flair, mixed with that special ingredient that only the

    Tanner Brothers are capable of producing. Tanners Restaurant is housed

    in the oldest surviving domestic building in Plymouth, the Prysten

    House.

  • Admiral Macbride is close to the Mayflower Steps Memorial and

    reputedly built on the site of the original Steps, the Macbride was

    predominantly a fishing man s pub until the fish market and boats were

    relocated. Now it caters for locals and tourists offering food and for

    most of the day. There is a large main room with a small alcove at one

    end of the bar.

  • Plymouth Hotels & Accommodation:

    From four-star luxury to rustic bed and breakfast, Plymouth and its

    surrounding area has accommodation for all tastes and budgets.

  • Copthorne Hotel Plymouth
  • Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel
  • Novotel Plymouth
  • Jewell In Plymouth Hotel
  • Grosvenor Hotel
  • Holiday Inn Plymouth
  • Rosaland Hotel
  • Riviera Hotel
  • Sunray Hotel
  • Moorlands Links Hotel
  • The New Continental
  • Elfordleigh Hotel
  • The Royal Fleet Club
  • Quality Hotel Plymouth
  • Entertainment:

    For an evening out you can choose from a West End preview at the

    Theatre Royal, a concert or comedian at Plymouth Pavilions, or the

    latest blockbuster at one of the multi-screened cinemas. If you prefer

    an active night out there are plenty of dance venues and sporting

    facilities in the local area.

  • The Cooperage is Plymouth`s premier venue if you like your music

    live. Located on Plymouth`s historic Barbican, the Cooperage has

    recently undergone extensive renovations. Free to enter, there is a

    great atmosphere where you can find a diverse range of music and dance

    on offer.

  • Plymouth Arts Centre has been around for over 50 years, and offers

    some of the best exhibitions artists in a dazzling array of mediums. They also show the best

    ground-breaking independent and foreign films in their cinema; and a

    vegetarian restaurant can also be found in the building.

  • The Theatre Royal in Plymouth enjoys a mixed programme of drama

    from pantomime to ballet and also incorporates the Drum Theatre.

  • Whatever you enjoy, it is yours to discover in Plymouth all year round.

    With a strong maritime history and exciting coastline combined with the

    rugged scenery of Dartmoor, this thriving city can keep you enthralled

    for ages.

    Biography

    Name: Maria Williams

    Website: http://www.sleepuk.com

    Biography: Maria writes for Sleep UK - providers of hotels in Plymouth.

    Biography

    Name: Maria Williams

    Occupation: Traveller

    Website: http://www.sleepuk.com

    Biography: Maria writes for Sleep UK - providers of discounted hotels to make your stay in the UK as comfortable as possible.

    Teach Yourself Drums

    Small Press Bookwatch , August, 2005

    Teach Yourself Drums

    Seth Goldberg

    East Coast Books, Inc.

    PO Box 13142, Hauppauge, NY 11788

    Having received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from New Paltz State College and currently working on a Masters Degree at Queens College, Seth Goldberg is an experienced musician who plays and teaches in the New York City area who draws upon his personal expertise to create a "self taught" instruction manual for aspiring drummers. After introducing the reader to drums, rhythm, rests and values (including buying the drum set), Goldberg goes on to focus upon cymbals, drum sticks, setting up the drum set, holding the drum stick, and drum notation. This is followed by chapters dedicated to exercises for Quarter Notes, Eighth Notes, Sixteenth Notes, and combination exercises. Teach Yourself Drums also addresses Dotted Notes, Triplets, and incorporating the feet. There is a Rock Section, a Swing Section, and a informative concluding commentary, "Where do we go from here?". Teach Yourself Drums is thoroughly "user friendly" and a welcome addition to personal and music school ins tructional resources for anyone seeking to learn the basics of drumming. Also highly recommended is Seth Goldberg`s My First Snare Drum (0825856574,

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