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When it comes to exciting and unique acitivites, Plymouth will flat out spoil you. Time to grab your friends, or family, pack your bags and head to Plymouth to see out the Summer in style and welcome in the Autumn season.

Here's a guide to helping you plan a quick trip to Britain's Ocean City!


Stay

Situated in the heart of Plymouth, sits the magnificant Duke of Cornwall Hotel, a stunning period hotel brimming with character and style. Built as Plymouth’s first luxury hotel in 1863, the Duke has been lovingly preserved and enhanced so that its unique Victorian Gothic splendour can still be enjoyed by guests today.

The Duke’s luxury extends to its impressive culinary offerings with fine dining in the comfort of the hotel’s elegant restaurant. With an AA rosette and a dynamic team of chefs, its dishes look and taste sensational and with a generous choice of drinks available in the lounge means you can cool off with an ice-cold beverage. We'll raise a glass to that!

The Duke hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including the The Duke Wedding Collection: Live - arriving 25 September.

For a more country style setting, stay at the Langdon Court Hotel, one of Devon's most beautiful Historic Manor Houses dating from the 16th century and now graded as an AA Four Star * Luxury Boutique Hotel and Two Rossette Restaurant.

Furnished in a classical contemporary style with rooms uniquely furnished with modern amenities, the hotel is set within its own grounds and formal walled Jacobean gardens, accessed from a long drive. Set in the beautiful rolling South Hams countryside, within walking distance of Wembury Cove and The National Trust coastal pathway. Langdon Court Hotel and restaurant is the perfect place to get away from it all and indulge yourself.


Eat

From some of the freshest seafood around to quintessentially Devonshire delights of pasties and cream teas, Plymouth has an endless supply of phenomenal eats just waiting just for you.

Start your day off right, with a stop at The Barbican & Sutton Harbour's best kept secret for breakfast, Boston Tea Party. This cafe has been designed in its own unique character with an eclectic mix of up-cycled, salvaged and restored furniture and fittings as well as serving up a mouthwatering selection of breakfast and brunch options.

Be sure to save some room for a trip to the City Market and get a taste for Plymouth's culture in every sense of the word. Stroll through the stalls and get a real taste for the local produce, traditional pasties and family run fishmongers specialising in bringing you locally caught fresh seafood, from cod to lobster – and everything in between.

Skip the busy line at Starbucks in favour of washing your treats down with a real italian coffee at Barista Brothers before shopping at the array of boutique and high street retailers.

After a day of exploring, dine al fresco on the terrace of the Royal William Yard's - Le Bistrot Pierre, for relaxed and affordable French dining that always feels special. From here you can pop over to Le Vignoble, a boutique wine lounge housing over 180 wines and champagnes from all around the world.

Or, follow the locals to the cozy, candlelit Seco Lounge - one of our favourite joints for sharing small plates with friends over well-made cocktails or glasses of wine.

                                                                      

If you adventures take you back towards the Barbican & Sutton Harbour, you can dine at the stunning Glassblowing House restaurant and bar, which overlooks Plymouth's majestic Sutton Harbour waterfront and is a mere stones throw away from the historic mayflower steps.


Drink

While in town, "study up" on the famous Black Friars Distillery, the working home of Plymouth Gin since 1793, and enjoy a tutored tasting of the range on the Plymouth Gin Distillery tour.

If you want to sample some local ales, the Barbican & Sutton Harbour is host to some historical dwellings where you may also get the odd ghost story or two as you enjoy your pint.

The Admiral McBride, a traditional English pub offers fabulous sea views and a relaxed atmosphere which makes it a great place to socialise with friends. 

You also have the Minerva Inn, which is Plymouth's oldest serving public house, circa 1540. The pub is timber framed which is reportedly timber used from the Spanish Armada Fleet. The spiral staircase leading to the private residence in the centre is from the mast of one of the fleet.


See

Britain's Ocean City may be notorious for its rain and blustery winds, but the city is also home to a thriving arts scene, featuring everything from live music to theatre. If you want to be kept on the edge of your seat, we have just the thing.

Described as "the largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK" and "the leading promoter of theatre in the South West", Theatre Royal Plymouth brings thrilling theatrical performances all year round, including classic and contemporary drama, musical productions and the presentation of national opera, ballet and dance companies.

                                                                         

While the venue has a rotating list of productions, each show or performance is unique and sometimes involves audience participation - factored in as part of the fun.

Likewise, on either side of the waterfront are two further auditoriums, Plymouth Pavilions and Barbican Theatre, which host a wide variety of performances, from ground shaking rock concerts to comedic acts that will cause you to laugh until you cry.

If you prefer stadiums to the stage, go see a Plymouth Argyle football match. With green fields and park lands on three sides of their ground, it really has to rank as one of the best placed grounds in the Football League.


Play

Soak up the last of the golden rays and take in the beautiful changing colours of the trees by experiencing the great outdoors. 

Explore beyond the city limits to the stunning waterfront location. Take a fishing trip, a fantastic way to get out on the water, have fun and learn more about the local marine environment. You can also hop on the local ferry's to experience the views of the Devonshire and Cornish coastline as you travel across Plymouth Sound. With services taking you as nearby as the Royal William Yard, to further afield such as the Mount Edgcumbe Country House and Cawsand Beach means you're sure to see first-hand the beautiful views that await.

If you are looking for something a bit more active, book a bike rental or take a hike around the vast countryside and trails that surround this stunning city.

Before you leave town, don't forget to visit the many historic sites. Plymouth has a story to tell at every corner.                                                                    

                                                                                  


Whether you want to sample gin, taste incredible cuisine or catch an impressive performance, Plymouth offers an endless array of captivating activities. Spending a weekend in Plymouth over Autumn is the ultimate way to enjoy some relaxing downtime with friends or family.

  • Looking for more adventures around town? Check out our 'What's On' page for a ton of fun festivals and events.
The Duke of Cornwall Hotel
Hotel
The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

Plymouths most individual hotel and the ideal base for exploring Devon, Cornwall and The Eden Project. One AA rosette for fine food served in our elegant restaurant. All bedrooms individually designed.

The Duke Wedding Collection: Live
Wedding Event
The Duke Wedding Collection: Live

The Duke Wedding Collection Live is back! Make sure the date, 25th September, is fixed in your diary as this wedding show is one not to be missed.

Langdon Court Hotel
Hotel
Langdon Court Hotel

Langdon Court is one of Devons most beautiful Historic Manor Houses dating from the 16th century set in the beautiful rolling South Hams countryside and now graded as an AA Four Star* luxury boutique hotel and Two Rossette restaurant.

Boston Tea Party
Café
Boston Tea Party

Based in Jamaica House on Sutton Harbour, after major renovations of the historic Grade II listed building, which borders Vauxhall Street and Exchange Street.

Barista Brothers
Café
Barista Brothers

Barista Brothers is an authentic boutique coffee bar, serving traditional Italian foods and finely crafted drinks. Located in Armada Way - come and realx and have a drink with us!

Le Bistrot Pierre
Restaurant
Le Bistrot Pierre

Our restaurant will be in the New Cooperage building which opens up onto a large outside terrace with seating. This overlooks a magnificent lawn, upon which a local farmers’ market takes place on the first Sunday of every month.

Le Vignoble
Bar
Le Vignoble

With a choice of over 180 wines & champagnes from all around the world. Each wine has its own story to tell & we have made a concerted effort to bring you wines from producers that are not widely available from supermarkets and other wine specialists

Seco Lounge
Restaurant
Seco Lounge

Seco opened in March 2010 in the Mills Bakery building at the historic Royal William Yard development in Stonehouse. My word Seco is a sexy site with fat stone walls, colossal steel columns & a stunning view out to sea.

The Glassblowing House
Restaurant
The Glassblowing House

The stunning Glassblowing House restaurant and bar overlooks Plymouth's majestic Sutton Harbour waterfront and is merely a stones throw away from the historic mayflower steps.

Plymouth Gin Distillery
Distillery
Plymouth Gin Outside

Black Friars Distillery, the working home of Plymouth Gin since 1793, is the oldest working gin distillery in England and is situated in the heart of the historic port city of Plymouth

Admiral McBride
Pub/Inn
Admiral McBride

The Admiral MacBride is a traditional English Pub located a stones throw away from the National Marine Aquarium and built upon the original Mayflower Steps from where the pilgrim fathers set sail for America.

Minerva Inn
Pub/Inn
Minerva Inn

Welcome to The Minerva Inn. A warm welcome awaits you from Martin and his staff who took over The Minerva in June 2007. The Minerva is situated in Looe Street, in the Barbican area of Plymouth, located close to the town centre and bus station.

Theatre Royal Plymouth
Theatre
Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal Plymouth is the largest & best attended regional producing theatre in the UK and the leading promoter of theatre in the South West. The Theatre Royal makes the best theatrical productions available to the widest possible audience.

Plymouth Pavilions
Theatre
Plymouth Pavilions

The south west's largest purpose-built conference, exhibition and entertainment attraction with an Ice Rink, catering outlets from fast food to ice cream and meeting areas. .

Plymouth Argyle FC
Sports Ground/Stadium
Plymouth Argyle FC

Plymouth Argyle are a professional football team who currently play in League 2. They play their home matches at Home Park in Plymouth.

Plymouth Boat Trips
Fishing
Plymouth Boat Trips

From scenic and naval harbour cruises, connecting ferries to Cawsand and Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall through to private hire and party cruises and skippered fishing trips, we cater for every occassion.

The Cawsand Ferry
Boat Trip
The Cawsand Ferry

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.

Fish 'n' Trips
Boat Trip
Fish 'n' Trips

Plymouth is one of the best fishing ports in the UK, if not in Europe. We're lucky to have the deep waters of the English Channel only a 35 minute sailing from our doorstep.

The Mount Edgcumbe Ferry
Boat Trip
The Mount Edgcumbe Ferry

Our 1 hour cruise provides a ferry service to and from Cremyll Quay in Cornwall.

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