Mount BattenPlymouth
Devon PL9 9XH
Jutting out into the south east corner of Plymouth Sound is Mount Batten peninsular. Plymouth’s first inhabitants lived here in the Bronze and Iron Ages.
This is the site of the earliest trade with Europe yet discovered in Britain. Trading continued well into the Roman period and Mount Batten is believed to have been the primary entry point for such commodities as wine.
The peninsular played an important role in the defence of Plymouth during Tudor times when a fort was built and then in the 20th century it was an important RAF base - it was the headquarters for the first Seaplanes and then the famous Sunderland Flying Boats.
RAF Flying Boat Base
In 1928 RAF Mount Batten was a base for flying boats intended to defend south west England. It was also a base for high speed air sea rescue launches. In the 1930s an Aircraftman Shaw worked at the station. Nobody knew this ordinary man was the famous T E Lawrence (‘Lawrence of Arabia’).
From 1941 – 1945 Australians operating under the RAF as Squadrons 10 and 61 flew Short Sunderland flying boats.
Mount Batten today has a new 450-berth marina, a water sports centre, chandlery shops, SCUBA diving centre and restaurants.
Getting There
A regular water taxi runs all year round linking Mount Batten with The Barbican, Plymouth. For ferry information go to Web:  Mount Batten Ferry   External Link
Accommodation - Search & Book through Tripadvisor here:   External Link
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