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Top 10 Devon and Cornwall by John Plumer

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Plymouth

Devon’s largest conurbation, and one of Britain’s greatest seafaring cities, Plymouth produced such seadogs as Francis Drake and John Hawkins, both of whom played a leading role in the rout of the Spanish Armada in 1588. An important naval base, the city endured ferocious bombing in World War II and fared little better from insensitive rebuilding in the war’s aftermath. Fortunately, its historic Barbican district and adjacent harbour have survived intact, along with a handful of timber-framed and jettied historic buildings. Added to these are some compelling modern attractions and a lively cultural scene, all of which repay a visit to this ...

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