Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city packed full of attractions. Rain or shine, the city is home to breath-taking views and lots of sea air. Located on the south coast of Devon, near the border to Cornwall, it is known as ‘Britain’s Ocean City’.
Full of history, this port city is famous for its relationship with the Royal Navy. The city’s most famous landmark is the Mayflower Steps, which commemorates the sailing of the ship and the Mayflower Pilgrims from Plymouth in 1620.
Ramble along the cobbled streets of the Barbican, the historic waterfront area, packed with art, galleries, restaurants, and bars. This once fish market is now a retail visitor attraction. Take in the historical surroundings whilst purchasing that holiday momentum.
Royal William’s Yard blends the city’s historic naval history with award-winning design. Brimming with shops, restaurants, bars, water sports, and its very own marina, the yard has been redesigned to offer something new to experience with every visit. The yard has a packed calendar of events happening throughout the year, check it out to get involved!
There are a multitude of activities to get involved in whether you are spending the day or holidaying in Plymouth. Sample some local gin at the Black Friars Distillery, the oldest working gin distillery in England and home to the internationally known Plymouth Gin. Take a trip to the National Marine Aquarium. The largest in the UK, and part of the ocean conservation trust, dedicated to connecting people with the ocean. Or take a trip to Mount Batten Water Sports and take in the stunning views of the historic Barbican, Hoe and across Mount Edgcumbe from a paddleboard or kayak.
For those wanting a more relaxing trip to Plymouth, check out the Theatre Royal, to watch some great theatre productions. Or take to the water on a boat, whether as a sightseeing, private charter, or fishing trip. Or for the sport fans, check out Plymouth Argyle and Plymouth Albion, if you fancy watching some football or rugby.
Plymouth is also a great access point to Dartmoor National Park, an open moorland full of rare wildlife, walks and deep river valleys. Check out our journal post on everything you need to know about the area.
The city hosts a Pirate Weekend in May each year. Sign the kids up for pirate school whilst you sit back and listen to some local sea shanties. A locally loved event, and a unique experience to get involved in on Your Devon Escape.
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