Many years ago, this building stood tall and was a very busy place of worship. Before the Second World War, over 200 families would gather here on a regular basis to find their connection with God. Today only 30 to 40 members still use this Synagogue. It's very easy to walk past it and not realise it's there, as the entrance is tucked away on one side and there are no signs to indicate it at all.
But this synagogue has been here since 1762 and it is the oldest Ashkenazi Synagogue still in regular use in the English speaking world.
"Many synagogues are locked up these days but when we arrived a Rabbi was just going inside. My wife asked If we could look in. He said he would take us round but we had to cover our heads. No problem. The building is really welcoming and Rabbi explained everything. We took almost 2 hours and Rabbi gave us a blessing before we went" said a TripAdvisor user from Huddersfield.
When you step inside you feel transported to another world and time. So many details catch your eyes and make the time spent inside fly by and you will find it strange to come out into the real world again. It's like a very special time machine.
Now the synagogue has successfully climbed its way to the top of TripAdvisor's list of top attractions in Plymouth, and if you want to see if for yourself, you can email custodian Jerry Sibley for a tour. Donations are welcome and you can contact him at email@example.com.