Your guide to Plymouth's hidden treasure


Businesses located in and around Plymouth’s historic Barbican area have joined forces to create a new map and guide for visitors, showcasing many hidden gems.

Members of the Association of Barbican Businesses (ABB) have produced this guide – Plymouth’s Historic Barbican – for visitors and locals who want to discover the history surrounding the harbour.

Featuring the iconic Barbican ‘prawn’, the guide gives a brief description of what people can expect on a ‘day out on

the historic Barbican’. It also provides details on how to get to the Barbican, whether coming from Plymouth’s city centre, Mount Batten or the Royal William Yard.

Illustrated by local artist and historian Chris Robinson, the guide highlights all of the association’s businesses, including places to eat, information services, art galleries, gift shops and local attractions such as the National Marine Aquarium.

With many cobbled alleys the guide helps highlight the many businesses that can be found off the beaten track, as well as amongst the listed buildings and old warehouses.

Ben Shearn, ABB member, managing director of The Treasury group, trustee of Jeremiahs Journey Charity and Board Member of the Plymouth Waterfront Partnership said: "The ABB have produced this map and guide to assist visitors in exploring the many unique and wonderful businesses the Barbican offers. We hope the map will guide people through both the main streets and the more hidden alleys to give a little history of the area and to increase the visitors dwell time and experience of Plymouths most historic area."

The Plymouth Waterfront Partnership has helped to marketing the map as part of services offered to businesses in the BID agreement. The map and guide will be available at the Tourist Information Centre, through local businesses and can be downloaded by visiting

Sarah O’Leary, Plymouth Waterfront Partnership BID manager said: “It is fantastic to see the businesses in the BID area working collaboratively to showcase what the Barbican has to offer. Many of these businesses are small, independent traders and their shops really are a hidden treasure worth finding.”


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