Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City
Steeped in seafaring history, Plymouth is a stunning city in a beautiful waterfront
setting. Sandwiched between the rugged landscape of Dartmoor National Park and the incredible South West coastline, there’s something here for every traveller to enjoy.
Whether you’re looking for family fun, history and culture
or simply a breath of fresh air, we’d be pleased to welcome you. Delve into our heritage, exploring the fascinating history of a city shaped by its past, or dive headfirst into a mouth-watering dining experience at one of our many fantastic restaurants.
If shopping is what you’re after, indulge in some retail therapy with top-brand names in Drake Circus, our large indoor mall, independent retailers and the 150 stall Plymouth Market in the West End of the city.
If you’re a history lover Plymouth has plenty to offer. Stroll along the Barbican, Plymouth’s historic heart which is home to the England’s largest concentration of cobbled streets and take in Plymouth as it would have looked when the Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower. Visit the Mayflower Steps to see where they departed for the New World in 1620 and pay a visit to the Mayflower Museum to learn more about their journey.
The home of Plymouth Gin and the historic Blackfriars Distillery a visit to Plymouth wouldn’t be complete without a tour to learn about the history of Plymouth’s favourite tipple – you can even distil your own! Every drop of Plymouth Gin has been distilled on this site since 1793.
Wherever you are in the city the red and white stripes of Smeaton’s Tower are unmissable and the former lighthouse now stands proudly on Plymouth Hoe. Climb the 93 steps to the top for unbeatable views and take time to enjoy the painstakingly restored interior on the way. Whilst you’re on Plymouth Hoe take a moment to enjoy one of the most impressive city parks in the country, with its wide open aspect, beautiful views over Plymouth Sound. Take a stroll along the promenade or sit back and enjoy the view that millions of people – from the Beatles to Sir Francis Drake – have enjoyed before you.
As a city by the sea we’ve got plenty of water to play with too – enjoy anything from sailing to stand up paddle boarding at one of our water sports centres, or if you’re more in the market for a sedate swim take a dip at Tinside Lido, our art deco saltwater swimming pool.
Plymouth makes an amazing stage, whether it’s to celebrate our military roots or to enjoy music, art or theatre. Once you’ve been wowed at one of our incredible events you’ll definitely be keen for more. Enjoy everything from the spectacle of the British Firework Championships every August, to a show at one of the UK’s largest regional theatres and everything in between.
Looking to explore outside the city? Plymouth offers easy links to both Devon and Cornwall, whether you’re looking to explore the wilds of Dartmoor or head into Poldark Country Plymouth provides a fantastic starting point with access by road and rail.
- Don’t miss the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrims set sail for America in 1620 – they eventually landed in ‘New Plymouth’ and over 20million Americans are believed to be descended from these travellers
- Plymouth was named the ‘coolest little city by the sea’ by GQ Magazine
- Plymouth is home to the world famous Plymouth Gin – the origins of the very first Martini. Brewed in the Black Friars distillery Plymouth Gin has been produced on the Barbican since 1793
- Home to the British Firework Championships, Plymouth’s amazing natural amphitheatre of Plymouth Sound offers two fantastic nights of open air pyrotechnic theatre every August
- Unwind and relax at the luxurious Gaia Spa located at Boringdon Hall Hotel on the edge of Plymouth, named as the Best Destination Spa in the UK 2018 by the Conde Nast Johansen Awards
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