Visit English Heritage in Plymouth

Visit English Heritage in Plymouth

The English Heritage looks after a treasure trove of historic landmarks throughout the country. There are many exciting properties and destinations in Devon. If you have a membership or love to explore historic houses, stately homes, and gardens, here's where you can visit the English Heritage in Plymouth.

English Heritage Plymouth

From ancient castles to prehistoric settlements, the city and its surrounding areas are steeped in history, inviting visitors on a journey through time. They are ideal for solo adventures, family time, or things for couples to do together. 

English Heritage Sites

Unlock a world of history with an English Heritage membership, granting you free entry to all sites. For non-members, a small cost per person is required. Plan ahead and book online before your visit to save up to 15%, making your exploration of Plymouth's historic sites even more affordable.

Royal Citadel Plymouth

Perched on Plymouth Hoe, overlooking the shores of Plymouth Sound, the Royal Citadel commands attention with its formidable presence. Built in the 17th century to defend against naval threats, this imposing fortress has stood the test of time as a symbol of England's maritime power. 

It is still a military base today, so you must pre-book a guided tour. The tour offers insights into its past, from guarding against Spanish Armadas to protecting the bustling port of Plymouth. Explore its ramparts and witness firsthand what defines this historic landmark.

Totnes Castle

Venture inland to the quaint town of Totnes, where the ruins of Totnes Castle stand as a testament to medieval fortification. Perched atop a hill overlooking the River Dart, this ancient stronghold boasts panoramic views of the surrounding countryside. 

Dating back to the 11th century, Totnes Castle is steeped in history, witnessing sieges, battles, and royal intrigue. Look out for the 'graffiti' on the trees left by prisoners of war during World War II, a poignant reminder of the castle's role in more recent conflicts. Explore its well-preserved walls, climb its battlements, and discover England's medieval past.

Castles in Plymouth

While Plymouth itself is not renowned for its castles, there are some that you can visit. Plympton Castle, for instance, was of strategic importance during the Civil War, serving as a key defensive position. In the surrounding area, there's Berry Pomeroy Castle, Dartmouth Castle, which guards the entrance to the Dart Estuary, the National Trust's Castle Drogo, and Okehampton Castle. 

Free English Heritage in Plymouth

Additionally, for those eager to delve into history without spending a penny, several English Heritage properties in and around Plymouth offer free access, allowing visitors to explore the past without breaking the bank.

Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement

Journey back in time to the prehistoric era with a visit to Merrivale Prehistoric Settlement on Dartmoor's rugged moorland. This archaeological site offers a glimpse into the lives of Neolithic and Bronze Age communities who inhabited the area over 4,000 years ago. 

Wander among the stone circles and burial mounds that dot the landscape. If you are unstable on your feet, the visit may not be for you, as there are uneven surfaces, and it is on open moorland.

Upper Plym Valley

Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and retreat to the tranquil beauty of the Upper Plym Valley. This scenic valley, nestled within Dartmoor National Park, is ideal for outdoor adventures such as hiking, cycling, and wildlife spotting. It also offers historical exploration with its ancient pathways and settlements. 

It's hard to imagine what it would have looked like 3500 years ago when it was dotted with settlements and roundhouses. Follow ancient pathways through lush woodlands and enjoy the very best of nature. 

Bedrooms at Future Inn Plymouth

Hotels near English Heritage in Plymouth

Future Inn Plymouth has 143 bedrooms with everything you would expect and more for a night away. The hotel offers free parking and free WiFi to all guests. All bedrooms sleep up to four guests, including our accessible bedrooms, so they are family-friendly and ideal for groups. Plus, under 12s stay for free.

Perks include free parking and free Wi-Fi. There's a complimentary robe and slippers in your room, plus home away from home services like our guest laundry room, ice buckets, and ice machine, which you can help yourself to. There is also free entry to our small exercise room.

Book direct for the best available rates on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 01752 701000 or

Future Inn Rewards

For additional benefits, you can join the Future Inns hotel loyalty program. Alongside a member's discount rate, for every £1 you spend on accommodation, you earn 1 reward point. You also get a complimentary drink voucher to redeem in the bar when you dine. Plus, you get double points when you eat in the restaurant. Points collected can then be used to upgrade your bedroom to a suite or a free night's stay. It's also completely free to join! 

Dishes on the menu in Fishbone Restaurant

Plymouth Restaurant

Fishbone Restaurant is ideal for fuelling up before or after exploring Plymouth. The team serves breakfast, brunch, lunch, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday. A homemade afternoon tea is served daily between 1pm-5pm or our set dinner menu offers 3 courses for £25

The children's menu is only £8.95 and offers a starter, main course, side, dessert and a drink for under 12's. Plus, under 5's eat for free with a paying adult.

You'll be spoilt for choice on our drink menu, which offers well-known brands and famous local producers. Our local drink selection includes local ales and Plymouth gin. An extensive gin and mixer menu is also available, and 2 for £15 cocktails.

Hotel room service is available 24 hours a day.

Bookings can be made on 01752 701000 or Alternatively, you can book online:

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