The Coronavirus pandemic means that many of us aren’t able to enjoy Plymouth’s beauty spots, activities and attractions at the moment. So why not explore the many ways to experience the city from the comfort of your home.

Here’s our round-up of some of the best ways to virtually visit Plymouth from your sofa.


A 360 view of Plymouth

Enjoy the University of Plymouth’s fantastic virtual tour of Plymouth.  Not only will you be able explore the University campus but also see key locations across the city including Plymouth Hoe, Sutton Harbour, Royal William Yard and Mount Batten.

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Smeaton’s Tower

Admire the amazing the view from Smeaton's Tower on Plymouth Hoe, one of the world's most famous lighthouses built by John Smeaton in 1759 on the Eddystone Rocks and later relocated to stand proudly on Plymouth Hoe looking out to sea.

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Tinside Lido

Soak up this beautiful location overlooking the Sound at the tip of Plymouth Hoe. Voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe, Tinside Lido is an attraction not to be missed.

Built in 1935, Tinside is a slice of the quintessential British seaside from a bygone era. Watch the video and imagine yourself there, soaking up the sun and having a paddle in the salt water pool, all from the safety and comfort of your home.

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Rockpooling at Wembury

Explore these fabulous rock pools at this famous beauty spot.  Wembury Beach is owned by the National Trust with its own Marine Conservation Centre. Learn about the seashell code and pick up some tips for future visits to the beach when the current Government restrictions have been lifted.

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National Marine Aquarium

Enjoy a virtual visit to The National Marine Aquarium (NMA), the UK’s largest aquarium which is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean.

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The NMA has a number of exciting live sessions lined up.  All you need to do is follow them on their social media pages.  Facebook or Twitter.

  • Wednesday 29 April – Meet the Divers before a dive
  • Tuesday 5 May – Crab Finger Puppet - You will need: Glue stick, pen, scissors, cotton bud, egg box, card
  • Wednesday 6 May – Biozone front of house tour
  • Tuesday 12 May – Whale Finger Model - You will need: Glue stick, different colour card, eggbox, scissors
  • Wednesday 13 May – Marine Biologist Q & A
  • Wednesday 20  May – Turtle Enrichment Time
  • Wednesday 27 May – Behind the scenes tour

Every Saturday an ‘Aquarium Relax’ video is shared to chill out and watch the animals. Watching fish is very relaxing, great if lockdown is proving stressful!


Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre

There’s a huge range of activities you can enjoy at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre.  Why not see for yourself in the 360/VR experiences below and get the experience of the water from the comfort of your front room.

Kayak

Experience what it’s like to Kayak in 360/VR.

Stand Up Paddleboarding 

Take to the water on a Stand Up Paddleboard at Mount Batten in 360/VR.

Gig Mount

Take to the water with the Cattewater Gig Club in 360/VR.

Dinghy Sailing

Try out dinghy sailing in 360 /VR in Plymouth Sound.


Mount Batten Ferry

Enjoy a trip on the Mount Batten ferry. Look out for the Mayflower steps memorial, the National Marine Aquarium and the famous Plymouth Prawn.

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Plymouth Boat Trips

Set sail on a virtual tour with Plymouth Boat Trips, the South West’s premier cruising, ferry and fishing company. From sight-seeing cruises, private charters and party nights to connecting ferries and fun packed fishing trips – there’s something for everyone.

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Plymouth Sound

The Plymouth Sound is a super comfortable and spacious cruise boat, taking a variety of daily river cruises and party nights. Recently refurbished, this cruising vessel holds up to 190 passengers and offers the perfect way to see Plymouth on the water, in style!

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Plymouth Venturer

Plymouth Venturer is the largest passenger boat in Plymouth, with capacity for up to 240 passengers. By day this comfortable cruise boat journeys along the Tamar, taking in Plymouth’s historical landmarks and fabulous city and coastal views.

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Spirit of Plymouth

Another of Plymouth Boat Trips regular cruising vessels, The Spirit of Plymouth is a sleek, modern and luxurious boat – fitted with comfortable seating and dining tables and a heated, oak decked saloon.

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Ronnoch Mor

Meaning King Mackerel in Gaelic, The Ronnoch Mor is a 35ft, purpose built, fibreglass fishing boat. Strong and sturdy, the Ronnoch Mor is great for getting out on the water, in all weather conditions, come rain or shine! With plenty of space for up to 18 passengers and toilet facilities on board she’s the perfect boat for a great day’s fishing.

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Sofa cinema with Plymouth Arts Cinema

For something a bit different, why not join the Plymouth Arts Cinema Facebook page to watch a nominated film via streaming and then chat about it afterwards.


VR/360 produced by Sound View Media

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