Rainy Day Ideas
This itinerary provides a guide to wet weather ideas in Plymouth. So if you are looking for things to do in Plymouth when it rains, then you're in the right place!
The occasional rain shower is part and parcel of British life! It's also the reason we have such a vast selection of things to do when the sun isn't shining on the beautiful South West. When a rain drop falls, a fascinating array of activities and days out is on hand to entertain and fascinate the whole family.
10am - Start your day by visiting the largest National Marine Aquarium in the UK . Your journey here will take you across the world's oceans, from the shores of Plymouth to the coral reefs of the tropics. With over 70 sharks, three species of ray, a loggerhead turtle and smaller family favourites such as clownfish, lionfish and smiley pufferfish makes this underwater world a great start to your day.
12pm - A short walk from the aquarium will bring you to the door of the Mayflower Museum. Set over three floors, you can explore the story of the voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers and their journey aboard the Mayflower to the New World. Step out onto the balcony on the top floor to enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the Barbican and see if you can spot the Mayflower steps where the journey of discovery began.
Lunch - Take a walk towards the City Centre, although not a long walk you'll still need your umbrella. Here you can dip into the many shops for a bit of retail therapy including Plymouth's shopping mall - Drake Circus. Why not stop here for some lunch too. You'll find a food court located on the third floor containing many well known food vendors such as Burger King and Spudulike!
2pm - With the umbrella at the ready venture down through the City Centre towards the bottom end of town where you will find the Plymouth Pavilions. Its here you can get your skates on and show off around the indoor Ice Rink, a fun activity for all the family.
4pm - After an exciting and busy few hours, you're probably going to want to wind down so why not take a seat in one of the many bars or pubs for a local ale or signature cocktail. The Royal Parade within close proximity to the Pavilions offers The Treasury, a swanky wine and cocktail bar or family pub The Brass Monkey.
Dinner - Plymouth is a food lovers delight – cooking with fantastic locally sourced produce in restaurants in stunning locations. For fine dining try the Greedy Goose located in the Prysten House, one of the oldest buildings in the city – exquisite food in a wonderful atmosphere setting or Chloes Restaurant for some modern French al la carte cuisine.
6pm onwards - If you feel like you can keep going, check out the Plymouth Pavilions, the Theatre Royal, Plymouth Arts Centre and the Barbican Theatre, all of which provide a great range of theatre, dance, film and music performances for some evening entertainment.