Category: on the waterActivities

When the temperature is hot, and all you want to do is cool down, why not head out on the water in Plymouth with a range of exhilirating activities. A great way to see the stunning views from a different perspective. 


Tinside Lido

Set in a beautiful location overlooking the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe and 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. The Lido is a wonderful example of art-deco style and is Grade II listed. As well as the pool itself, the facility also features a sun deck, which is one of the best places in Plymouth to soak up the sun.

Open during the summer months this fantastic outdoor salt water swimming pool offers both local people and visitors to Plymouth beautiful surround in which to swim, sunbathe and watch the world go by.


Jet Ski Safari

Plymouth’s enviable location offers an array of unique experiences when it comes to water related activities.  And they don’t come much more unique than a jetski safari

New to the city, a team of experts have launched jetski safari experiences around the picturesque Plymouth Sound.  Perfect for friends, families, or couples, the thrill-seeking experience is open to novices and enthusiasts and allows you to explore the Plymouth coast from a unique viewpoint.

Mayflower 400 & Plymouth Harbour Cruise

In this commemorative year, Plymouth Boat Trip's exciting new cruise brings the Mayflower story to life, departing from where the Pilgrims set sail for America in 1620, set sail across Plymouth Sound, flanked by the beautiful Devon and Cornish coasts. Full commentary is provided, telling of the momentous 60-day voyage and those on board.

Continue along the River Tamar, taking in spectacular views of Plymouth Hoe and famous Drakes Island, heading for the Royal Naval Dockyard, where the mighty warships and submarines await.


Fish 'N' Trips

Plymouth Boat Trip's boat fishing trips offer an exciting activity that’s suitable for everyone. Fishing is a fantastic way to get out on the water, have fun and learn more about the local marine environment.

After your day’s fishing, why not book our optional extra ‘Cook Your Catch’ and relax whilst your catch is prepared and cooked for you at The Boathouse Cafe, situated on the quayside.


Snorkel Safaris

This summer, the National Marine Aquarium launch their Snorkel Safaris, right here in the heart of Plymouth Sound, you’ll have the perfect oppor—tuna-ty to discover the wonders of the Ocean!

Taking place every Saturday* at Mount Batten Beach, these sessions are aimed at those wanting to take the first steps into snorkelling. Their Ocean Discovery Rangers are fully qualified BSAC Snorkel Instructors, and will be on hand each step of the way. Over one and a half hours, you will learn how to use snorkel equipment, cover basic snorkel techniques and explore everything that the Ocean has to offer.


South West SUP

South West SUP offer tailored SUP tuition and paddleboard hire based at their unique waterfront location, Firestone Arch, Royal William Yard, Plymouth.

With a focus on giving you the ultimate experience, they keep the group sizes small and can guarantee you will be stand up paddling by the end of one session.


Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre

There’s a huge range of activities you can enjoy at the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre. From sailing to stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking to school holiday activities.

The Centre commands stunning views looking out towards Plymouth’s historic Barbican area, the Hoe and across to Mount Edgcumbe. It is perfectly situated on the tidal estuary of The Sound, making it an ideal, and safe, location for the thousands of people, of all ages, that use the Centre each year.

Drakes Island Tours

Be one of the first to set foot on Drake’s Island in 30 years with exclusive guided tours.

Start your tour from Mount Batten pier and take the ferry through the Sound to the Island. Keep you eyes peeled for some amazing island wildlife as you arrive, particularly the seals which like to nap on the rocks!

Learn about the history of the island as you walk the old paths, steps and tunnels. View Plymouth and Cornwall from a whole new perspective as you climb to the highest part of the island, the perfect photo opportunity!

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