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Barbican & Sutton Harbour

The Barbican

Visit the Waterfront areas and you're sure to enjoy a great experience no matter what the weather or time of year.

Whether it's dazzling views you seek, a new dining or shopping experience you're keen to enjoy or just want to learn some history, Plymouth's Waterfront destinations offer something for everyone.

Each part of the Waterfront has a different story to tell.

The historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour are the heart of the city's heritage with the oldest buildings and the greatest number of historical stories. It's also a place where an eclectic cuisine mix of Italian, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Himalayan, Mexican and British restaurants may all be found!

Around the Barbican, a vibrant place of cobbled streets, narrow lanes and more than 200 Listed Buildings, many of them Tudor and Jacobean, offer a wide range of cosmopolitan boutique shops, galleries, pubs, cafes and restaurants set amidst picturesque scenery.

The main street of Southside Street is home to the world famous Plymouth Gin Distillery, the building dating from the early 1400s and a former monastery inhabited by Black Friar Monks. Antique stores, galleries, boutique shops and cafes thrive on Southside Street, a draw to the thousands of coach tour visitors that pass through the Barbican every year.

Sutton Harbour

Sutton Harbour is at the heart of Plymouth’s sensational waterfront, boasting an array of must-see destinations for anyone visiting Britain’s Ocean City.

The picturesque harbour with its magnificent marina is just a stone’s throw from the historic cobbled streets of the Barbican, and a short stroll from Plymouth Hoe and its spectacular views across the Sound.

Sutton Harbour is perfectly placed to make the most of all Plymouth has to offer, from unparalleled historic landmarks to some of the city’s largest and liveliest family attractions.

The National Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the UK with over 40 sharks, is at the entrance to the harbour, and visitors can also take boat tours to learn more about the local marine environment - or even catch a fish and learn how best to cook it.

Visit the famous Mayflower Steps from which the Pilgrim Fathers are believed to have left England aboard the Mayflower for a new life in America in 1620, discover Plymouth’s maritime heritage with the one-mile Sutton Harbour Heritage Trail, or see the sights from two wheels and take advantage of the two National Cycle Routes right on the harbour’s doorstep.

The lively waterfront culture of Sutton Harbour offers a welcome like no other, with unique, independent shops interspersed with a diverse range of first-class restaurants, cafes and bars.

There’s something to tempt every palate from fresh fish caught locally to authentic Greek, Spanish, Italian and traditionally British fare, and all of it able to be enjoyed from an unrivalled location overlooking the picturesque marina.

Whenever you visit, Sutton Harbour has plenty to offer, with a jam-packed schedule of entertainments running throughout the year including family-friendly celebrations like Pirate Weekend in May, the Classic Boat Rally in July, and the Ocean City Festival in the autumn.


Sutton Harbour Marina occupies a unique location alongside Plymouth’s historic Barbican, and within one of the finest deep water harbours in the country in Plymouth Sound.

This unbeatable location boasts superior marina facilities, an especially sheltered berthing option within a highly secure environment protected by Sutton Lock, and easy access to world class cruising waters.

Each of the three characterful marinas at Sutton Harbour has 24 hour secure access, and the highly acclaimed 5 Gold Anchor rated marina offers flexible berths for motor and sailing vessels up to 25 metres.

Plymouth Fisheries

Plymouth Fisheries is the second largest fresh fish market in England, playing a crucial role in the South West economy and operating as a fisheries hub for the entire region.

Since its launch from the current, custom-designed premises in 1995 following a substantial investment by owners Sutton Harbour Holdings plc in conjunction with Plymouth Trawler Agents, the fishing industry in Plymouth has been revitalised.

Turnover soared from £250,000 to a staggering £6million in just the first two years, and has continued to grow ever since.

Plymouth Fisheries sustains more than 600 jobs directly and indirectly and the market sells 6,000 tonnes of fish every year on average – with the value of fish and shellfish landed during the 2013/2014 financial year at £17.35million.

Every day, up to 40 boats ranging from 16ft line-caught bass fishing boats to 35 metre scallopers berth at 110 metres of landing quays within the safe haven of Sutton Harbour, which is protected by lock gates to accommodate vessels up to 5.5 metre draft.

Fishermen landing at other ports in the South West often choose to drive to Plymouth to sell their catch too, with 70 per cent of fish sold arriving by road.

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  1. Mayflower

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    Mayflower Guest House


    The Barbican, Plymouth

    The Mayflower Guest House is a friendly welcoming family run business close to Plymouth's historic Hoe and Barbican. Your hosts Patrick and Helen will will take great care in giving you personal service with a smile. We are located within Hoe Park.


    from £23.00 to £53.00 Per room (breakfast included)
  2. Barbican Hideaway

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    Barbican Hideaway



    Luxury self-catering apartment, fully equipped to very high standard; sleeps maximum 5 people; highly recommended; close to all attractions.


    from £400.00 to £500.00 Per unit per week
  3. Maritime Living

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    Maritime Living


    The Barbican, Plymouth

    This is a newly refurbished, self-contained flat situated in the heart of the vibrant tourist area of The Barbican, overlooking the Marina and within walking distance of Plymouth Hoe and the City Centre .


    from £100.00 to £120.00 Per unit per night

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  4. Marina View

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    Marina View



    A 2 bedroom 2nd floor apartment, with balcony overlooking Sutton Marina, hence lovely outlook and views. Refurbished and fitted very nicely.


    £225.00 Per unit per week
  5. Barbican Reach Bed and Breakfast

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    Barbican Reach B&B


    The Barbican, Plymouth

    The Barbican Reach Bed and Breakfast is family run, with a relaxed and homely atmosphere.
    We can accomodate most people, whether you're a family with children visiting plymouth for a holiday, or here on business.

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  6. The Cawsand Ferry

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    The Cawsand Ferry


    Boat Trip



    The Cawsand Ferry service provides regular daily crossings between the Barbican Landing Stage on Plymouth's famous Barbican and the beautiful beaches and Cornish villages of Cawsand and Kingsand on the Rame peninsula.

  7. The Mayflower Steps

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    The Mayflower Steps


    Historic Site



    The Mayflower Steps are close to the site in the Barbican area of Plymouth, from which the Pilgrim Fathers are believed to have finally left England aboard the Mayflower, before crossing the Atlantic Ocean to settle in North America on 6 Sept 16 1620

  8. Elizabethan Gardens

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    Elizabethan Gardens


    Formal Garden



    This delightful little garden is an oasis of tranquility in a sea of shoppers and tourist activity,in a street that was new in the 16th century, when wealthy merchants built their houses here.

  9. Mayflower Museum

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    Mayflower Museum


    Heritage/Visitor Centre



    From Past to Present, a unique journey through Plymouth's world famous harbour and historic Barbican.


    from £1.00 to £5.00 Per Ticket
  10. Plymouth Gin Outside

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    Plymouth Gin Distillery





    Black Friars Distillery, the working home of Plymouth Gin since 1793, is the oldest working gin distillery in England - take a guided tour and learn about the art of making the world-famous Plymouth Gin.



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