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Elizabethan House

Step inside this wonderfully preserved house to see how a merchant or sea captain would have lived in the 1500s, a time when Plymouth was a prosperous port city.

Head to Plymouth’s Barbican district to find the Elizabethan House, a relic of the time when Francis Drake lived in the city and one of the few to survive the bombs in World War II. Walk the paneled hallways and spiral staircases and explore the rooms, from the kitchens to the dining rooms.

In the kitchens see cooking utensils and furniture, created using archaeological finds and archival documents. Browse the household inventory of another merchant who lived in the same period. Admire the original fireplace, with its granite-edged hearth and pebble paving.

Wander the cobbled paths of the gardens and breathe in aromas such as lavender, sweet woodruff and thyme. These plants would have been grown by household gardeners during Elizabethan times. See the raised beds and box hedges, each growing flowers, fruits, herbs and vegetables that would have been cultivated in the 17th century. Relax on the stone seats and enjoy the sounds of the Elizabethan fountain.

See the parlor and dining room on the first floor. View many pieces of 17th-century furniture, including tables, chairs, a chest and a side table on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum. The house’s own collection includes the writing desk and Bible box. Head up the spiral staircase to the second floor and you’ll find the bedrooms, with the remainder of the furniture collection.

The Elizabethan House is only open in the summer, with exact dates confirmed each year. There is a small entrance fee, with concessions available. Find the museum in Plymouth’s Barbican district, which is easily accessible. Walk to the museum from the train station and it will take you around 20 minutes, while walking from the nearest bus stop will take you around a minute. If you are driving, parking is available on the street itself. However you get to the Elizabethan House, once inside you’ll enjoy a fascinating glimpse into Plymouth’s history.


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Lodging Near Elizabethan House

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Crowne Plaza Plymouth $89
Crowne Plaza Plymouth

Crowne Plaza Plymouth

Armada Way, Plymouth
     
    4.3
    of 5, from 103 reviews
    4.0 out of 5.0

    Located in Barbican, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hoe Park and University of Plymouth. Smeaton's Tower and Plymouth Dome are also within 10 minutes.

    Jurys Inn Plymouth $57
    Jurys Inn Plymouth

    Jurys Inn Plymouth

    50 Exeter Street, Plymouth
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 1,048 reviews
      3.5 out of 5.0

      Situated near the airport, in the city center, this eco-friendly hotel is close to Charles Church, University of Plymouth, and Elizabethan House. Also nearby are National Maritime Aquarium and Mayflower Steps.

      The New Continental Hotel $95
      The New Continental Hotel

      The New Continental Hotel

      Millbay Road, Plymouth
         
        3.9
        of 5, from 110 reviews
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in Plymouth, this hotel is close to Hoe Park, University of Plymouth, and Smeaton's Tower. Also nearby are Plymouth Dome and Tinside Lido.

        Fox Studios $83
        Fox Studios

        Fox Studios

        8-10 Whimple Street, Plymouth
           
          4.7
          of 5, from 28 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          This apartment building is located in Plymouth (Barbican), close to Charles Church, University of Plymouth, and Elizabethan House. Also nearby are Mayflower Steps and Hoe Park.

          The Grosvenor Plymouth $90
          The Grosvenor Plymouth

          The Grosvenor Plymouth

          7-11 Elliot Street, Plymouth
             
            4.2
            of 5, from 115 reviews
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated near the beach in the city center, this hotel is close to Hoe Park, University of Plymouth, and Smeaton's Tower. Also nearby are Plymouth Dome and Tinside Lido.

            Barbican Reach Guest House $66
            Barbican Reach Guest House

            Barbican Reach Guest House

            225 Citadel Road East, Plymouth
               
              4.7
              of 5, from 244 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated near the beach in Plymouth, this bed & breakfast is close to Elizabethan House, Hoe Park and University of Plymouth. Also nearby are Mayflower Steps and Royal Citadel.

              Copthorne Hotel Plymouth $53
              Copthorne Hotel Plymouth

              Copthorne Hotel Plymouth

              Armada Way, Plymouth
                 
                3.9
                of 5, from 816 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated near the airport, in the city center, this hotel is close to University of Plymouth, Charles Church, and Elizabethan House. Also nearby are Hoe Park and Smeaton's Tower.

                Best Western Duke Of Cornwall Hotel $84
                Best Western Duke Of Cornwall Hotel

                Best Western Duke Of Cornwall Hotel

                Millbay Road, Plymouth
                   
                  3.7
                  of 5, from 223 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of Plymouth, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hoe Park and University of Plymouth. Smeaton's Tower and Plymouth Dome are also within 15 minutes.