Things to do
Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city packed full of attractions. Come rain or shine you’ll find something for everyone among the city streets, surrounding countryside and marine environment beyond.
There are well-known landmarks, historical sites and natural assets to explore across Plymouth’s many unique areas and districts.
Wander the Barbican’s quaint cobbled quayside following in the Pilgrim Father’s footsteps or visit the National Marine Aquarium with its deepwater fish tanks. Sample Plymouth’s finest export at the Blackfriars Gin Distillery or take a boat trip around the Sound from Mayflower Steps.
There’s more family fun to be had up on the Hoe where you can climb the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. Take the plunge at Tinside Lido, our restored Art Deco swimming pool or simply take in the panoramic view of busy boating activity from this stunning natural amphitheatre.
Out on the water you can take a floating tour of Drake’s Island, the Naval Dockyards and River Tamar, book a behind the scenes tour of Devonport Naval Base or stick your own paddle in the water at Mountbatten Watersports Centre.
If its entertainment you’re after the nationally acclaimed Theatre Royal showcases some of the UK’s biggest and best productions throughout the year, whilst the Pavilions has leisure and entertainment under one roof with its packed event diary of live gigs and shows along with the ice rink. And there’s art aplenty at the City Museum and Art Gallery, Plymouth Arts Centre and the Peninsula Arts venues.
Further a field you can stroll round the many stately homes and gardens in the area, get up close to some big cats at Dartmoor Zoological Park, travel down the Tamar by rail or take to the (dry!) slopes at the John Nike ski and leisure centre.
And if the great British weather is really inclement there are also indoor play centres at Jump and Drake’s Den, a multiplex cinema and ten-pin bowling at the Barbican Leisure Park – all guaranteed to keep the children amused!
Britain’s Ocean City – home to accessible visitor attractions
Visitors to Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, can enjoy many days out with the whole family as some of the most popular attractions cater for all.
Martyn Sibley, presenter of ‘Access all areas’ for Geocast TV, recently visited Plymouth to see how accessible the city’s visitor attractions are.
Explore Plymouth by bike
Why not see more of Plymouth and explore our wonderful city by bike. Bikes are available to hire from Rockets & Rascals' 'Little Rascals Bicycle Depot' sites at both Commercial Wharf, on the Barbican and also in Royal William Yard. Hire a bike for a couple of hours and explore the majestic waterfront or how about a whole day adventure and head out of the city towards Dartmoor or the beach. Open 7 days a week, call to make a booking. 0800-1800 (0900-1700 Sunday).
13&14 Commercial Wharf, The Barbican, Plymouth. Tel 01752 221295
Firestone Arches, Royal William Yard, Plymouth. Tel 01752 221295
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