We seem to be addicted to travelling by boat recently, with our Carnival cruise, a trip down the Thames with City Cruises and now a scenic harbour cruise in Plymouth.
We hadn’t planned on going out on the water, but had some time to kill before our visit to the National Marine Aquarium and we spotted the boat trip being advertised (read, being promoted raucously) as we headed to Plymouth Hoe.
We bought our tickets for the harbour tour ands watched the everyone get on two other boats for the Plymouth Breakwater swim before getting on our boat to secure our seats on the top which offered commanding views over the harbour as it departed from the Mayflower Steps.
The skipper provided an informative commentary, as we sailed across Plymouth Sound which is flanked by the beautiful Devon and Cornish coasts.
We passed Plymouth Hoe and the famous Drakes Island, before heading for the river Tamar where the mighty warships and nuclear submarines awaited.
It was fascinating finding out about Plymouth’s maritime history and seeing the city from a different point of view, although Sebby was more impressed about seeing a huge Brittany Ferry arriving at the port.
The harbour is framed by fascinating buildings, old forts, memorials and statues all pointing at its history.
It was King Billy’s statue that drew giggles from Isaac and Eliza as we sailed past. The statue was originally a figurehead on the 120 gun warship Royal William – hence its name.
As we rounded the corner of the bay and into the River Tamar, the warships came into view.
It was really interesting looking into the hangars where warships are built and serviced.
If you look very carefully you may even spot a submarine or two.
The old Naval base buildings are a fascinating glimpse into history and look glorious from the water.
The Royal Citadel is perhaps the most impressive 17th century fortress in Britain and for many years England’s most important defence against attack from the sea.
Taking a scenic and naval harbour cruise didn’t cost the earth either at just £23 for two adults and 3 children. If you are visiting the area I would certainly recommend it – do take a coat though as it gets a bit chilly!!