Explore naval history at the Royal William Yard

Plymouth, Devon

Hop aboard the ferry and enjoy the stunning Plymouth coastline from the water to reach this cultural hotspot.

Constructed in the 1800s as a naval victualling yard, Plymouth’s Royal William Yard is home to the largest collection of listed Naval buildings in Europe. This iconic setting on a stunning waterfront location is now a cultural hotspot for a fantastic range of art galleries, bars and restaurants, including Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen and French themed Le Bistrot Pierre. 

The Naval Base and the Royal William Yard both acted as backdrops for the film Churchill - the Hollywood Years which saw Hitler move into Buckingham Palace and plan to marry into royalty, while Churchill was actually a genius spy who single-handedly won every battle he took part in.

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