Britain is traditionally a nation of seafarers, and nowhere is this tradition more obvious than in Plymouth, where the Pilgrims set sailed for America. The best place to view old Plymouth is the Barbican area with its half timbered houses and Tudor buildings looking out across a harbor filled with fishing boats and yachts. Plymouth has three sections. The pedestrian center is south of the train station and has the city’s main shopping streets. Further south is the Hoe area with many guesthouses and bed and breakfasts. East of the Hoe is the renovated Barbican area, where you’ll find the best places to eat and drink. It is from Plymouth Hoe that Sir Francis Drake supposedly spied the Spanish fleet during the Spanish Armada. Later the area became a favorite vacation spot for the Victorian aristocracy. The red and white striped lighthouse of Smeaton’s Tower was built in 1759 and you can climb the 93 steps for great views and insight into the history of lighthouses. Plymouth Dome provides an entertaining introduction to Plymouth’s history and is a great place for children. To get an idea of what old Plymouth was like, head for the Barbican. The Pilgrims set sail for America from here at the Mayflower Steps, where you can a plaque listing all the passengers on the famous voyage. Across the harbor from the Barbican is the National Marine Aquarium, one of the country’s best. It has many exhibitions recreated a variety of sea habitats, including coral reefs, Atlantic reefs, and the deep ocean. The City Museum and Art Gallery is a great museum to visit for its excellent collections of local history, porcelain, and naval art.