Things to Do in Plymouth

Plymouth Quayside lined with funky bars and old inns.

Plymouth Quayside lined with funky bars and old inns.

Plymouth, the capital and historic hub of maritime Devon is a superb city. There’s a choice of museums focusing on Plymouth’s historic maritime history. Discover superb art galleries, arts and crafts shops, and a fantastic quay lined with chic bars and cafes.

Plymouth is home to a huge university, so it has a vibrant student side to it. Great shopping, fantastic museums, the historic Barbican quayside, a revived beautiful seafront lido, a famous lighthouse, ample boat-trips around the Sound, and lots for the kids such as Plymouth’s great aquarium. A south west cultural hotspot, Plymouth is a great cultural and historic location marked by its Elizabethan celebrities and rich merchants.

Family Attractions

Plymouth is a great base for a family holiday or short break in Devon. The city offers plenty of activities and attractions for families including fun days out at the National Marine Aquarium, a choice of pleasure boat cruises and ferry services across Plymouth Sound or pull on your skates and head off to Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink. Across the summer season the Tinside Lido on Plymouth Hoe features inflatable fun sessions and come evening see fantastic family shows and award-winning musicals at best regional theatre, Plymouth’s Theatre Royal.

National Marine Aquarium

Famously the UK’s largest aquarium, the National Marine Aquarium on the waterfront at Plymouth is a fun family day out for all. Purchase a day ticket here and you can re-enter the museum for free for a further 12 month period! Journey through marine life in the world’s oceans including life on Plymouth’s own shores. Interactive dives are daily and themed zones include British Coasts, Plymouth Sound, Blue Planet and Atlantic Ocean.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.