Drake's Island, Plymouth Sound (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/john47kent/3545518837/in/photolist-6piHe8-ad6fpd-6RMv85-6m7se8-by39Zj-quUhJo-hP57Gc-erMs6-e5wCUQ-5nd6bf-276vPB-5qwutt-cp8NxE-9EARoH-cp8P3h-cp87AL-cp7Vnh-JTXtV-cp7FQu-cp8FDL-tf4Sd-tf57T-e54RWf-boLbb-J7PEv-cp7VZs-gawxnE-atA5yp-6RMtEm-6RMut7-4Hkyky-4Hkxjf-4Hgnre-4Hgm9D-4HgmVg-4HgmRk-4HgnKi-4Hgn3D-6RMuyJ-pUcZL5-99kmZF-5bbjZv-qx1zjZ-dadjPa-5beKrv-cCL3t7-5bbjtg-5btRbv-5btRYg-5by9nQ)

Drake's Island, Plymouth Sound

Famous for its historic links to Sir Francis Drake and The Mayflower, Plymouth is a beautiful maritime city with extensive waterfront including Plymouth Hoe. Enjoy scenic walks around this around and enjoy views across the Plymouth sound to Drake Island in the harbour. Other key attractions on the Hoe include the distinctive 18th century red and white Smeaton's Tower and visitors can also experience the nearby Barbican Leisure Park with 15 screen cinema, bowling alley, restaurants and bars.

Smeaton's Tower, The Hoe (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/visentico/3977156995/in/photolist-74rYdk-2bRKC4-4r5enc-9kTnco-27tmPP-4r5hVr-7ufvLN-CmxSV-cYw52G-9reNUp-fpmoZa-fpmpHe-by39Xo-ZAcnt-9reNzK-4r5uHX-fK7jBZ-2579T1-22vZB4-276vPB-cp8aZ9-cp7J57-2m9RA-cp8zbA-bLWQsV-3dvAg2-94VPUX-94Z4ou-bQwAFt-5X4Wum-cp8yWQ-cp8DCf-cp8Cdy-cp8B93-cp8DUh-bpfUER-bpfVtn-by39Zj-9bUbcb-cp7GjN-4QYLi4-hP57Gc-94YWgC-94W3gp-94VGFz-94YNg7-94VNGz-94YJaS-94VEQR-94Z52C)

Smeaton's Tower, The Hoe

Explore Plymouth by boat

A boat ride or cruise around the harbour is the ideal way to explore this nautical city. Trips include the ferry to and from nearby Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, daily one house scenic and naval harbour cruises and ferries to the Tamar Valley, Calstock and Morwellham. You can also book yourself on a bird watching or wildlife trip and private hire is available. Three and four hour fishing trips can also be taken from Plymouth Harbour.

If you would prefer to keep your feet on dry ground, the City is also home to host of heritage walks, trails, cycle tracks and you can take in Plymouth's famous maritime attractions as you go.

Plymouth Harbour (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/samuir/9062902138/in/photolist-7YjZPy-cp8JH1-cp8zLS-cp8PZN-eNEhVX-eNRK4q-cp89ej-qMTx8N-u5uL5-CkHBc-cbqXbm-7L3BC9-c9RXG3-mmhYD-mmtFy-e4tGeH-ppaC7r-c9RV5b-cp8MLu-cHCmMf-cp8N9Q-CmkTz-caMdYu-CkJSR-pKgM7-cp8LDd-iPi9y6-eGs6So-nDZg9P-caMJiJ-BfVPt-BaGxN-cp8pyb-nDYndz-nnui2o-iPaS34-6uLBnW-7N8AHf-KatGw-mgXM1-bL2Ewg-nnujJc-nnumpg-9DJCZL-85QD3V-5bgqRM-iPkmMu-pBoaTv-mGm6Tr-pkanr9)

Plymouth Harbour

Outdoor attractions

If you are visiting Plymouth during the summer months, a trip to the unique early 20th century Lido is a must. Set overlooking the harbour, Tinside Lido is open from May to September each year and the Lido has fountains, a sun bathing terrace, lounger/ deck chair hire, toilets and a cafe. Nearby you will find another of Plymouth's most famous attractions, The Mayflower Steps which commemorate The Mayflower's voyage to the Americas from Plymouth in 1620. A little further afield, Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park has a 13 hole foxed basket Frisbee course, Adventure Segways and 865 acres of Grade I listed gardens for you to explore.

Saltram House (Image credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/chillihead/2391768323/in/photolist-4DmroT-8HvX78-4qjsoM-7EfvLq-4DqLxS-4DqPxS-c6iPws-c6iN2q-c6iLDS-c6iABC-7EfvTj-dVpr4U-5mKKcx-5mQ123-5mPZjb-4DqQqb-dVpqCm-c77vuj-c77wdG-c77uNy-NusPq-g4kSoV-8ftSGH-8PNZYM-g2ZU1P-g2ZTse-8PNXrV-8PP1Sp-8PS4eU-6eeE5k-8PS2HJ-8G3iqF-8PS3DC-5NbAC4-5NfRCw-5NbAri-g4vsLL-eeZDQu-eeZEyw-eeTtPR-eeZjPq-eeZiZ1-eeZi7S-eeZh9Y-eeTwsc-eeTvHp-eeTuGR-eeZDpN-eeZD8N-eeTTP8)

Saltram House

Indoor attractions

Plymouth is home to a varied choice of indoor attractions with something to suit all ages. The kids might enjoy a trip to the National Marine Aquarium - the largest in the UK - or enjoy a skate around at Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink. For adults, a visit to the Plymouth Gin distillery is a great way of spending a rainy afternoon with guided tours and the chance to distill your own gin recipe available. The whole family can also take a tour around a choice of historical buildings including Saltrum House, a magnificent Georgian mansion set in a rolling landscaped park overlooking the River Plym.

Shopping and nightlife

Visitors to Plymouth can experience the largest shopping district in the South West outside of Bristol. Explore the big name stores at the Drake Circus shopping centre, stroll along the pedestrianised high street or visit one of the specialist shops in the Independent Quarter. You can also shop for unique art and souvenirs in the Barbican's Historic Quarter.

In the evenings, Plymouth has a choice of theatres to help keep you entertained including the Theatre Royal, Plymouth Arts Centre, the Barbican Theatre and Plymouth Pavilions. Start off your evening at one of the City's celebrity owned restaurants and finish the night at one of Plymouth's best bars and clubs with an excellent range to be found in the Barbican district, Tavistock Place and Vauxhall Street.

Accommodation in Plymouth

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    Quality budget Plymouth Derriford Travelodge hotel ideal for city attractions. Within 5 miles of National Marine Aquarium with inn serving food adjacent and meeting facilities.
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    Beautiful South Devon holiday park. 4 stars. Self-catering cabins, some with sea views. Parking provided. 10 minute walk from the beach. Pet friendly. On-site shop and launderette.
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    The complex consists of a 11 Bedroom hotel and 9 hole golf course. Welbeck Manor is situated in just off the A38, 3 miles from Plympton and 7 miles from Plymouth. The hotel is s...
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    Sheltered, peaceful family-friendly holiday park in Bovisand, near Plymouth. Beach-side location. Indoor pool and outdoor play area on site. Luxurious, modern holiday homes.
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  • Plymouth   (0.2 miles from the centre of Plymouth)
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  • Plymouth   (5.9 miles from the centre of Plymouth)
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