Top 10 Recommendations
There is plenty to see and do whilst spending time in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City. Take a trip down memory lane, walk the waterfront, take a leisurely boat trip or get active with our many walking and cycling trials around the city. We have selected our favourite Top 10 recommendations to help inspire you.
- Smeatons Tower - one of the world's most famous lighthouses built by John Smeaton in 1759 on the Eddystone Rocks, (14 miles SW of Plymouth). It was moved to the Hoe in 1884 when a new lighthouse replaced it. Discover stunning views of Plymouth Sound from the top.
- 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.
- Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park - Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall. Explore, enjoy and learn about the beautfiul history of the house and country park.
- Plymouth Boat Trips - set sail with Plymouth Boat Trips, Plymouth’s premier fishing, ferry and cruising company. From fun packed fishing trips and relaxed harbour cruising to connecting ferries to Cornwall – there’s something for everyone!
- Heritage Trails and Walks - take a walk down memory lane and explore Plymouth’s heritage. Visit some of our historic sites, places of interest and parks and discover some fascinating facts.
- Shopping - Plymouth is the largest centre for shopping in the South West, outside of Bristol, and features many independent retailers as well as national brands and high street names in its varied shopping areas.
- National Marine Aquarium - visit the UK's largest Aquarium and be amazed by our fascinating underwater world and how we all play a part in conserving it.
- Dartmoor - the beautiful Dartmoor National Park has more than 450 miles of public paths and offers a variety of walking routes to suit all abilities as well as cycle trails, horseriding and climbing.
- Mayflower Steps - visit the world-famous Mayflower Steps, flanked by British and American flags, and mark the final English departure point of Sir Francis Drake and 102 Pilgrim passengers who set sail for Noth America on the Mayflower in 1620.
- Mount Batten Centre - Embark on an interesting and challenging adventure with the Mount Batten Centre. With the diverse range of activities including coasteering, caving, rock climbing or a variety of water sports such as sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and more.