Taking its name from scientist Otto Overbeck, who lived here between 1928 and 1937, this elegant Edwardian house is now a museum containing Overbeck's eclectic collections of shells, photographs, drawings, model boats, toys, curios, and displays on local maritime history and wildlife. There is a secret room just for children, with dolls, tin soldiers, and other toys, plus a ghost hunt. Outside you'll find a lovely subtropical garden with many rare plants, trees and shrubs. There are spectacular views over the estuary creeks and beaches to Salcombe, which looks quite picturesque in the distance. The garden is not wheelchair accessible, but the ground floor of the museum, shop, and tea-room, are. Braille guides for the museum are available, as well as a Braille ghost hunt.
Barbican Leisure Park has something for everyone. The whole family will enjoy their countless offerings. For the kids, be sure to check out Tenpin bowling lanes. Couples like to dine at one of the restaurants such as Old Orleans, Frankie & Benny's, or Nando's Chicken Restaurant. For outings with friends, be sure to catch the latest flick at Vue Cinemas or stop at one of Oceana's bars and nightclubs. Whether in Plymouth for business or pleasure, a stop at the Barbican should be on your itinerary.
This modern theater is one of the best in Britain, producing large mainstream events with performers such as the Royal Shakespeare Company, Glyndebourne Touring Opera, Birmingham Royal Ballet and the Rambert Dance Company. The theater has a good education department and also the Young Company, which gives theater training to youngsters. The large, attractive building on Royal Parade is a popular meeting place for shoppers as well as theater buffs, as the huge windows of its excellent restaurant and cafe look out over the city.
One of the least altered medieval houses in England, Cotehele was owned by the Edgcumbe family for 600 years. They moved on to Mount Edgcumbe House in Tudor times, using Cotehele for family getaways and to show off to visitors, who marveled at this medieval gem, just as we do today. The ancient granite walls house a fine collection of textiles, tapestries and early oak furniture, while the chapel contains the oldest working domestic clock in England. Warning - Cotehele weaves a magic spell, so that once you've been there you want to go back again and again. The open times of the house and the restaurant vary greatly every week.
This large venue is a very versatile event hall, capable of hosting many different sorts of activities. International sporting events, particularly snooker and basketball, are held here and there are also facilities for orchestral concerts, pop and rock music and light entertainment, with a concert hall holding up to 3,000 people. There is also a skating rink and leisure pool on the same site.
The former river port of Morwellham Quay is a prominent tourist attraction of the Dartmoor National Park today. Home to the famous Tavistock Canal, this one-stop destination packs in an array of fun recreational opportunities. Travel several meters underground into the dripping old copper mine, learn the ropes on board the restored sailing ship, Garlandstone, take a carriage ride drawn by magnificent Shire horses or enjoy games from the Victorian era. An open-air museum offers you a glimpse of a restored 19th-century village. Given its stellar location in the heart of Tamar Valley, one can take in unmatched views of an azure riverfront and rendezvous with rare wildlife and birdlife.
The second oldest house in Plymouth, it was built by Thomas Yogge in 1498. It is a fine limestone building with granite door and window frames, and a galleried courtyard. In the past it has been a dwelling house, a warehouse, a wine store and a bacon factory. But it has now belonged to St Andrew's Church since the 1920s. It is used with the adjoining Abbey Hall to accommodate their youth groups, and is let out to community groups. The church lets out the bottom floor to Tanners, one of Plymouth's highest quality restaurants. The building also houses the famous 28 foot Plymouth Tapestry, with its 2,250,000 stitches, some of which were added by royalty. It took four and a half years to complete, and is well worth a visit.
It is believed that this cottage was the home of Sir Francis Drake's first wife, and is one of the two oldest buildings in Saltash. It is a 15th Century house and has been well restored by the Tamar Protection Society, having been little altered throughout the last centuries. There is also a Tudor herb garden behind the cottage. You can visit by making prior arrangements with the Tourist Information Point at the Guildhall.
Named after the street it is set on, the 45 Southside gallery is managed by the amiable Mathias and Kirsten who have played a pivotal role in supporting emerging artists in Plymouth. Not just paintings, this gallery also features metalwork, glass and ceramics. Have a look at their site for a list of represented artists and upcoming exhibitions.
Prior to the structure being allowed to be used as a guildhall in the middle of 16th Century, the Tudor structure was used as a monk's refectory. Its conversion was the result of an charter by King Edward VI, allowing a 11th Century former priory to be used as a guildhall and a school. Since then it has been used as a magistrate court and a prison along the history of its existence. Today, the guildhall is used as a venue for town council meetings and other important ceremonies.
Church of St Nonna is the 12th Century Church in the Bradstone, Devon. The church is under the care of the Churches Conservation Trust and is a Grade I listed building. In the 15th Century, a tower towards the west was added to the building. The square-shaped tower in the front makes the church building very prominent. The church is no longer active but can be visited for its architectural beauty.
The beautiful St Mary's Church is nestled in the village of Collaton St Mary in Devon. This lovely church was constructed between 1864 and 1866 by the owner of the Blagdon Barton estate. Made in the honor of the daughter of Rev John Roughton Hogg, this shrine is listed as Grade II in the Statutory List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest by English Heritage.