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Located in the spacious Swarthmore Centre
Study English in Plymouth
Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city, with a wealth of attractions and activities to enjoy. Set amidst some of England's most glorious countryside where a rich maritime heritage meets the bustle of modern commerce and where a popular holiday centre turns, at night, into a glittering city of entertainment. An increasingly important academic centre (especially in maritime sciences), Plymouth is home to over 33.000 students.
Plymouth Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake famously finished his game of bowls before setting out to defeat the Spanish Armada, overlooks Plymouth Sound with fantastic views across to Cornwall and Devon. This was the site where the Beatles were captured in the iconic image for the 1967 film Magical Mystery Tour. The Hoe features a Victorian waterfront promenade which overlooks the recently restored art deco sea water swimming pool: the Tinside Lido. It also features Plymouth’s best-known landmark and one of the most picturesque lighthouses in the world – the Smeaton’s Tower.
National Marine Aquarium
The Aquarium is a leading visitor attraction as well as an important educational and research centre. Situated on the Barbican waterfront, it offers magnificent views across the Plymouth Sound and provides an entertainment-packed half day of observation and interaction with all things that live in the sea.
The old harbour area in Plymouth is one of the oldest and most beautifully preserved original trading ports. It was the original embarkation point for the Mayflower as it made its voyage to the New World of America. The Barbican is also home to the Plymouth Gin distillery, the oldest working gin distillery in the world. Nowadays, the Barbican is largely a district for entertainment and culture, full of restaurants, pubs (including Minerva, Plymouth’s oldest pub, where Sir Francis Drake is said to have had his pints) and antique stores.
Plymouth Summer Festival
The annual summer festival incorporates many forms of entertainment from the Barbican Jazz and Blues Festival, theatrical events and the largest food festival in the South West to some major sailing and motor boat racing events.
Mt Edgcumbe House and Country Park is just a short ferry ride from Plymouth over River Tamar and is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. The estate’s magnificent Grade I listed house sits majestically overlooking the beautiful gardens and massive country park, and Plymouth across the water.
If you are seeking a bustling pub or night club in Plymouth, you will not be disappointed, and if you want to get out into the surrounding countryside, you will find an array of good quality, welcoming establishments dotted throughout the hills and valleys of Devon.
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