A little quirk (there are plenty of them) in Plymouth is in Durnford Street, between the barracks and Royal William Yard. Sir Arthur Conan-Doyle lived and worked in Durnford Street for a while, but despite not being there long, he used the location and the surrounding area in his books over the following years. As a result he has been commemorated with both a wall plaque and, more interestingly, several pavement plaques with quotes from the texts.
A little bit more information is here, these are just my photos. To find these, start from outside the barracks and head towards Royal William Yard, they are on the left-hand-side pavement, regularly spaced as you walk.
If you are a fan, its very much worth a look. If you just want to find yet another oddity around Plymouth, here it is!
I just had to add this beautiful view in Plymouth, one of its’ best kept secrets. Royal William Yard is a redevelopment of the original Naval Base at the end of Durnford Street in Stonehouse. It has restaurants, bars, a local ferry dock and great views from all of the perimeter.
I am always amazed how many people have not heard of this, but who visit RWY or Devils Point which runs past the site. True, it’s tucked away and not signposted, but its just inside the gates and is so worth a visit. I have taken a few people there and, without exception, they’ve been entranced. It looks out over Firestone Bay and covers Drakes Island and Plymouth Sound.
So, how to find this little wonder? Once you have entered RWY via the main gates, there is a reception building on the left, turn left at the end of this building and you’ll see the arch at the end.
Wander down past the china cow… They do like a few oddities at RWY!
You’ll start to be able see the view through the arch from here.
Go through the arch and you’ll be rewarded with this amazing view.
You can see the full view in the video at the top of this page. Id love to get some feedback on this one, or other views as good as this! Let me know in the comments section!