Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Taking the ferry to The Royal William Yard in Plymouth, Devon.


I wanted to blog about our first trip to Plymouth's Royal William yard which happened back in August.  Our main reason for wanting to visit was to take advantage of the ferry you can take to get to the yard from the main city. 

The Royal William yard ferry starts its journey from The barbican and costs £3 for adults/ £1.50 per child each way, which is not bad really considering the time it takes to get to its destination. 

Smeatons Tower on Plymouth Hoe

A cheeky photo.

Photo credit: Wikipedia
When we docked at The Royal William Yard I was very taken back on the beauty of the place. The yard is an old Navy victualling depot which has now been handed over for public use. It has a mixture of apartments, restaurants, businesses, and leisure facilities. Speaking to family and friends though it seems people mainly visit for the amazing restaurants and bars that are here. The most famous of these is the River Cottage owned by top chef Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall. I have heard great things about his restaurant. One place that did really catch my eye though was The Royal William Yard Bakery.  Its every tea and cake lovers dream place. The bakery is set in an old slaughterhouse and features long communal benches. I guess this is to encourage a bit of social interaction. The food is served canteen style so you basically help yourself and apparently tell the server what you ate when it comes to paying.  I cant give a review as we didn't sit and eat there but definitely need to head back there soon to try some of their cakes.

Royal William Yard Bakery

After a brief walk around, soaking in both the sights and the sun, the boys were desperate to get back onto the ferry. The sun was setting so made for a lovely cool trip back to the main city.
heading home.
Thanks for visiting.

Gemma, Alfie, and Tom. x


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