Tucked away behind a tiny alleyway in the centre of Plymouth is a peaceful slice of Elizabethan grandeur where you can imagine life 500 years ago in the beautifully tranquil surroundings of an exquisite garden.
In New Street – which was indeed ‘new’ in the mid 16th century – sits the Elizabethan House museum, a recreation of the era in an authentic setting, and behind this row of Elizabethan merchant’s houses are the Elizabethan Gardens.
This narrow and largely traffic-free street is a secluded delight, linking the harbourside of Sutton Pool where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail and Sir Francis Drake prepared to battle the Armada, with the centre of Old Plymouth on the crest of the hill above, where today’s city centre now bustles with life.
An area left empty after the slum clearances of the 1920s and 1930s, and bomb damage to neighbouring buildings in the Second World War, was was used to create the garden, with stones and bricks reclaimed from lost buildings.
A ‘knot’ garden has been reimagined here, and there is also a memorial to the Pilgrim Fathers, as well as fascinating views of the surrounding old – and new – buildings which make up this section of the city.
Enjoy a walk or a picnic, then leave at the top to the site of the old castle, and admire the view.
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