Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city with a thriving food scene and contemporary art culture. Set on a stunning natural harbour with some of the country's most envied beaches and romantic hidden coves, Plymouth offers an exciting mix of seafaring history, scenery and family fun.
Things to do in Plymouth
Do you love fresh seafood? Don’t miss Plymouth Fish Market at Sutton Harbour, where over 6,000 tonnes of fish are sold every year. Join the Graze & Flavour F.I.S.H tour for a glimpse into the day-to-day happenings and history of England’s second largest fishery. Experience the energy of the daily fish auction and tackle the art of catching and cooking your own fish aboard a ship.
For an underwater adventure, visit The National Maritime Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the United Kingdom. You can see an incredible variety of marine life, including sharks and rays. Be blown away by the sheer size of the Eddystone Reef tank, which resembles a giant fishy cinema.
Discover Plymouth’s bustling historic heart, known as Barbican. Wander through the cobblestone streets where Tudor brick buildings now house boutiques, galleries, cafes and bars. Stop by the Mayflower Museum to learn about the ship’s famous voyage to New England and make your own gin at the much-loved Plymouth Gin Distillery.
Stroll through the luscious green landscape of Plymouth Hoe, home to the iconic Smeaton’s Tower. Climb to the top of the lighthouse and gaze out over the spectacular coastline. In the summer months, wander down to the waterfront for a swim at the Art Deco Tinside Lido.
Getting around Plymouth
Plymouth is easily reached by car, following the M5 and eventually merging onto the A38. Trains from London take 4.5 hours, while Exeter International Airport is within an hour’s drive. Plymouth is easily explored on foot.