Category: Autumn

Autumn is here in Plymouth, and now is the time to enjoy some of the many fantastic experiences Britain’s Ocean City has to offer this time of year. Here are our eight top tips for experiences you won’t want to miss this Autumn.

Figureheads at The Box

The Box

The Box, is Plymouth's new museum, art gallery and cultural centre. Nine permanent galleries showcase The Box’s incredible collections and include 14 monumental ships’ figureheads, thousands of natural history specimens, a full-size woolly mammoth replica, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and ceramics from the city’s art collections, objects, film and photography from its media collections and documents, maps and plans from its archives.

And if that isn’t enough, the Box Kitchen and Bar, headed up by Executive Chef Nat Tallents, serves up delicious breakfast, brunch and lunch, including a cocktail menu inspired by the figureheads that watch overhead.


People at trader stalls

Ocean Artists Designer Makers Winter Market (7-8 Nov)

Royal William Yard, PL1 3RP

The Ocean Makers Winter Market will welcome in the festive season and make social distancing fabulous. With over 30 artists, designers, makers and tech innovators to browse at your leisure, be ahead of the game this Christmas and roll with the new normal.


Woman and child looking in a fish tank at the National Marine Aquarium

National Marine Aquarium

A visit to the Aquarium will take you on a journey across the world's Ocean, from the shores of Plymouth Sound to the coral reefs of the tropics of Australia. With over 4000 animals to meet including sharks, sting rays, octopuses, jellyfish and a cheeky turtle.

This is a fantastic location to take the family on a rainy autumn day, based just over the bridge from the Barbican with its many great restaurants and bars you’ll be able to extend the fun too.


Mayflower Trail on The Barbican

Plymouth Trails

Discover the city’s gems on foot on a crisp autumn day. Download the free Plymouth Trails app for a range of trails with real time maps and multimedia content. Enjoy a stroll across Plymouth Hoe with its stunning views of Plymouth Sound. You can also travel back to 1620, with the Mayflower Trail and explore the historic buildings and cobbled streets of The Barbican.


The front view of The Barcode

The Barcode

The Barcode is home to a great selection of family friendly restaurants.‘Swing’ by the Paradise Island and Adventure Golf, where you’ll find the indoor Adventure Golf attraction, with two 18 hole Adventure Golf courses spanning across 16,000 sq/ft of tropical utopia.


People shopping in Drake Circus Mall


Plymouth offers a fantastic shopping experience, with an amazing mix of top brand names and creative independents. A perfect location to begin your Christmas shopping.

Plymouth’s waterfront is a treasure trove of independent boutiques and art galleries, filled with treats for you, your home, your friends – or to eat! It’s a great place to browse and find something completely unique.

The flat, pedestrianised avenues of Plymouth city centre are a shopper’s paradise, with top brand names and unique independents all within a short distance of each other. Plus, there’s plenty of parking and brilliant food and drink offerings too. It's in the city centre that you'll also find Drake Circus, the west country’s most popular shopping centre with over 70 of the UK’s top brand names and biggest stores in the region all under one roof. Measures are in place across the city to keep you safe whilst you shop, check out Shop 4 Plymouth to find out what we’re doing to keep you safe and to meet some of our amazing local businesses to help plan your visit.


Front view of the Plymouth Gin Distillery

Plymouth Gin Distillery

While in town, "study up" on the famous Black Friars Distillery, the working home of Plymouth Gin since 1793. Take a guided tour and learn about the art of making the world-famous Plymouth Gin, enjoy a tutored tasting of the range and then relax in the Refectory cocktail lounge – the ultimate place to enjoy a cocktail and where the Pilgrims are said to have spent their last night before setting sail in the Mayflower to the New World.


People on a boat trip

Get out on the water

Soak up the last of the golden rays and take in the beautiful changing colours of the trees by experiencing the great outdoors by boat. Take a fishing trip, a fantastic way to get out on the water, have fun and learn more about the local marine environment. You can also hop on the local ferry's to experience the views of the Devonshire and Cornish coastline as you travel across Plymouth Sound. With services taking you as nearby as the Royal William Yard, to further afield such as the Mount Edgcumbe Country House and Cawsand Beach means you're sure to see first-hand the beautiful views that await.

Please remember:

Before you arrive, please check individual websites for up to date booking information and guidance on the COVID-19 safety measures that are in place. Please wear your face covering when required. 



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