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Heritage and history

Plymouth has an interesting and varied history, and there are some fascinating local sites to be visited in the area dating from the 15th century onwards such as the Prysten House, the Merchants House and the Elizabethan House.

As a city, Plymouth has very few large country houses, but it does possess some of national importance such as Saltram House, now run by the National Trust. Many of the city’s most important buildings are associated with the Dockyard, such as the Royal William Yard and Naval Hospitals and are listed as Grade II* or Grade I reflecting their significance.

Within Plymouth there are currently 37 scheduled ancient monuments. Although the majority of these monuments are connected with the defence of the city, such as the Palmerston Forts, Drake’s Island and Plymouth Castle, others reflect the city’s earlier history such as Worth’s Bone Cave in Cattedown and Burrow Hill Round Barrow in Plymstock.

There are 15 conservation areas in Plymouth, such as The Hoe and Devonport. conservation areas are designated by Plymouth City Council because they are considered as areas of special architectural or historic interest that it is desirable to preserve or enhance. All of these conservation areas are valued for their special unique character. The Council is pledged to protect and enhance these areas to retain their distinctive layout and character.

The council has created, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the townscape heritage initiative, a scheme covering six conservation areas in Stonehouse. This initiative has successfully combined social, commercial and heritage elements and helped to regenerate an historic area, improving the quality of life for people in the area.