This overnight itinerary is designed to not only give you a full day of things to do but to also take you into the evening, offering a range of entertainement ideas for when the sun goes down.
10am: Start the day with some retail therapy – Plymouth is the regional capital for shopping, with big name brands and high street favourites sitting alongside hundreds of independent shops and a vibrant city market.
The city centre's wide tree-lined pedestrianised boulevards make for stress-free shopping and are a product of proud post-war re-development. Be sure to look up above the shop fronts and facades to see the designs in Portland stone that inspired TV's Kevin McCloud to declare Plymouth's post-war architecture 'beautiful and heroic'.
Lunch: The city centre has a wide range of café's and coffee shops where you can stop for a light lunch. The Treasury Bar, just off Royal Parade, is two minutes walk away from the main shopping district and offers a chic venue for lunch. With fresh coffees and an impressive cocktail menu. The Treasury also serves delightul afternoon tea in gorgeous vintage china.
2pm: Plymouth's arts & culture scene is not to be missed. Visit the Peninsula Arts Gallery located in the Plymouth University campus on North Hill showcasing varied exhibitions throughout the year or if you head towards the waterfront take a step into the Plymouth Arts Centre for contemporary art, cinema and café /bar.
The Royal William Yard also offers a range of galleries and exhibitions including Art Source and Ocean Studios. Not forgetting The Beatles public art installation on Plymouth Hoe where you can replicate the iconic photo of where The Beatles once sat.
4pm: No visit to Plymouth is complete without a trip out on the water – from the Sound you'll see the city from a totally unique perspective. Wander down to the Barbican Landing Stage and find Plymouth Boat Trips – who offer a fantastic range of boat trips and tours.
Travel up the River Tamar to view the wildlife of the estuary or the historic Naval dockyards – the largest in Western Europe, or why not take a trip over to the idyllic villages of Cawsand and Kingsand on the Rame Peninsula! You'll disembark right onto a white sandy beach from where you can discover the historic fishing and smuggling villages offering magificant walks and stunning scenery.
Plymouth Boat Trips also offers guided fishing trips with experts on hand and all the kit you need, you can even cook your catch for dinner at the Boathouse Café when you return!
Dinner: If you haven't been fishing and caught fish to cook on the quayside, you'll want to head out to dinner. Sutton Harbour has a fantastic choice of wonderful restaurants serving cuisine from all around the world – from Italy and Spain to Morocco and Asia.
10pm: When the sun goes down there's still plenty to keep you entertained in our fair city. The bars on the Barbican really hot up later in the evening, with live music, stand-up comedy and dancing till the early hours – enjoy!