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Mayflower Walk, Royal William Yard, Plym

2 reviewsPLYMOUTH, United Kingdom

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Experience hosted by Juliet

90 mins
Includes food, equipment
Up to 5 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

Storyteller and author of 'Mayflower - A Sea Change and Guide to Plymouth' (included as a gift as part of the tour - worth £25), Juliet Coombe, will reveal the magic of the the Royal William Yard, a 16 acre site, which for centuries was hidden behind the Official Secrets Act, and will be revealed on her walk and talk. This starts at the giant boulder at the entrance to the Yard, with a fitting description of the ship's biscuit recipe engraved on it, on one side and the various butchers cuts of beef on the other, which were used by the boats picking up goods from this fascinating naval victualling yard built in 1825. She'll circumnavigate the area, travelling through periods of history revealing hidden gems, from famous movies that have been shot like Churchill and what life is like today in this vibrant hub of artists, makers, residents, restauranteurs and fashion creatives.You'll see the oldest postbox in Britain, Darwin's fossils, Stairway to Devon and Devil's Points where witches were flung into the depths of the sea and hear all about Sherlock Holmes' creator Conan Doyle, a nearby resident, and why mummified rats were hidden in the houses. Our journey will finish with questions and some tea and cake in The Hook and Line. Guests will leave with a unique first edition book and sense they that have experienced an epic living historic site.
Storyteller and author of 'Mayflower - A Sea Change and Guide to Plymouth' (included as a gift as part of the tour - worth £25), Juliet Coombe, will reveal the magic of the the Royal William Yard, a 16 acre site, which for centuries was hidden behind the Official Secrets Act, and will be revealed on her walk and talk. This starts at the giant boulder at the entrance to the Yard, with a fitting description of the ship's biscuit recipe engraved on…

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What's included

  • Food
    Coffee and cake
  • Equipment
    A copy (rrp. £25) of the stunning, comprehensively illustrated and research...
From £45
/ person

Meet your host, Juliet

Host on Airbnb since 2020
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Juliet Coombe is an award winning photojournalist in three continents and author of 25 books. She has done many years of walks and talks in Sri Lanka. A born storyteller, she has a passion for meeting people and living in merchant port cities where she feels there is a unique personality to cities by the ocean. Juliet researched her new book Mayflower A Sea Change in and around Plymouth for 18 months. Her style is to reveal the layers of history, brought into a modern context, through the people of the place and the human spirit.
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Where you'll be

An ex-Naval victualling Yard, the Royal William Yard is truly magnificent.
We'll meet at the entrance, by the boulder where we'll discover the rock hard Ship's Biscuit recipe. We'll explore the Yard, look through Firestone Arch, to the Sound and Drake's Island, wander past the Slaughterhouse, explore Ocean Studio's artists' hub, and climb the Stairway to Devon to Devil's Point.

2 reviews

Hannah
August 2020
This is a great tour of the ship yard, well worth the visit. Juliet the host is very knowledgeable and really knows her stuff. I would recomend this tour to my family and friends.
Jane
August 2020
Interesting, friendly and very enthusiastic guide, great to hear about her recent Mayflower project and to receive a copy of her book

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    Cancellation policy

    Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

    Guest requirements

    Up to 5 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

    More tips

    The walk is on the flat, with an optional staircase to climb at the end

    What to bring

    Masks for indoor venues that require them and if clients want to wear them outside.

    A raincoat or umbrella if the weather looks threatening.