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Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Hoe is the natural heart of Plymouth with its stunning views of one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world

Family Attractions

Action and activities that involve parents and kids are plentiful - as are rainy day outings. If stories of gnarly seadogs whet your appetite for adventure out on the big blue sea there are plenty of opportunities to explore by water.

Plymouth Sound and the rivers that flow into it bustle with crafts large and small and a fantastic network of water taxis, foot ferries, sightseeing tours and fishing trips offer great family friendly ways to explore.

Hop on a ferry

From Stonehouse make the ancient crossing to Mount Edgcumbe via the Cremyll Ferry. The ferry route here dates back to the 11th century and carries passengers over the River Tamar to the beautiful country park, ideal for a day exploring or relaxing, with plenty of room to kick a ball, ride bikes or fly a kite.

Experience Plymouth from the water

Join a Tamar Cruise from the Barbican to experience Plymouth from the water and discover the weird and wonderful wildlife that calls our waterfront home. If you prefer a little more adrenaline then the Mount Batten Watersports Centre, accessible via the Mount Batten Ferry from the Barbican, offers sailing, kayaking and special family fun days.

Largest Tank in Europe

Get below the waves over at the National Marine Aquarium where the whole family can get up close and personal with the fascinating underwater world from the shores of Plymouth to the coral reefs of the tropics.

We Bought a Zoo

Want to get up close and personal with a whole menagerie of animals? Pay a trip to the soon to be world famous Dartmoor Zoo, just a few miles outside Plymouth. The Zoo is the inspiration behind the new Cameron Crowe movie ‘We Bought a Zoo’ starring Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson, released in the UK in March 2012 and is bound to be a popular choice for animal lovers of all ages.

Here are some of our family attractions....

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  1. Plymouth Boat Trips

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    Plymouth Boat Trips


    Sports & Leisure



    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.

  2. Smeaton's Tower

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    Smeaton's 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. Stunning views of Plymouth Sound.....


    from £1.30 to £2.60 Per Ticket
  3. Devonport Guildhall & Column

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    Devonport Guildhall & Column



  4. Tinside Lido

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    Tinside Lido


    Family Fun



    Plymouth's iconic waterfront Lido on Plymouth Hoe includes fountains, inflatable fun sessions, views across Plymouth Sound, a sunbathing terrace, lounger, deckchair and wetsuit hire and disabled access.

  5. Adventure Segway

    Adventure Segway


    Outdoor Activity/Pursuit Centre



    Adventure Segway is all about being adventurous outdoors. We take thousands of adventurers each year on a breath-taking and action packed journey on board an all-terrain Segway.

  6. Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery

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    Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery





    Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is a bright, welcoming, family-friendly place – just on the edge of the city centre, approximately five minutes’ walk from the main Drake Circus shopping mall.

  7. Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink

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    Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink


    Ice Rink



    Get your skates on and hurry down to our Ice Rink! It's a fun way to get fit and a great activity for all the family. We offer a number of activities on the ice, with sessions for people of all ages and ability!

  8. Theatre Royal

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    Theatre Royal Plymouth





    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.

  9. Dartmoor Tors

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    Dartmoor Tors


    Waymarked Trail


    Newton Abbot

    There are a lot of tors on Dartmoor and to many people they give one of the most characteristic features of the moor.

  10. Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary

    Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary


    Animal Collection



    Set in beautiful woodland and nestled into the side of the South Cornish coast between Looe and Seaton, Wild Futures' Monkey Sanctuary has been offering a safe haven for monkeys in need since 1964.

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