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Place Plymouth

Plymouth is a port city and unitary authority in South West England. It is located on the south coast of Devon, approximately 36 miles (58 km) south-west of Exeter and 193 miles (311 km) south-west of London. It is bordered by Cornwall to the west and south-west.
Plymouth’s early history extends to the Bronze Age when a first settlement emerged at Mount Batten. This settlement continued as a trading post for the Roman Empire, until it was surpassed by the more prosperous village of Sutton founded in the ninth century, now called Plymouth. In 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers departed Plymouth for the New World and established Plymouth Colony, the second English settlement in what is now the United States of America. During the English Civil War, the town was held by the Parliamentarians and was besieged between 1642 and 1646.
Throughout the Industrial Revolution, Plymouth grew as a commercial shipping port, handling imports and passengers from the Americas, and exporting local minerals (tin, copper, lime, china clay and arsenic). The neighbouring town of Devonport became strategically important to the Royal Navy for its shipyards and dockyards. In 1914, three neighbouring independent towns, viz.

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30.25km
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Atlas Obscura 2018
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Atlas Obscura 2017
36.79km
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Atlas Obscura 2020
1.16km
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Atlas Obscura 2018
40.31km
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Atlas Obscura 2020
1.21km
The Leviathan

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Atlas Obscura 2020
1.41km
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Atlas Obscura 2018
37.67km
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Atlas Obscura 2019
32.6km
The Leechwell

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Atlas Obscura 2017
20.22km
The Tidal Island That Inspired Agatha Christie

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Atlas Obscura 2021
40.75km
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Atlas Obscura 2021
34.95km
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Atlas Obscura 2019
19.36km
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Atlas Obscura 2019
32.09km
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Atlas Obscura 2017
28.27km
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Atlas Obscura 2017
29.74km
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Atlas Obscura 2018
27.03km
The Hurlers

Discover The Hurlers in Minions, England: Cornish legend says these ancient circles were people turned to stone for playing hurling on a Sunday.

Atlas Obscura 2021
29.31km
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Discover Postbridge Clapper Bridge in Postbridge, England: This ancient stone bridge dates back to the early Middle Ages.

Atlas Obscura 2019
40.32km
House of Marbles

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Atlas Obscura 2021
32.02km
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