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You don't have to break the bank by making Plymouth your winter escape destination. There are plenty of fantastic affordable attractions and things to do in Britain's Ocean City to ensure you have an unforgettable weekend

  

Where to stay? 

Begin your getaway by staying at one of the many accommodation services offering discounted rates in the winter season. Whether you are after a hotel in the city centre, a cosy bed and breakfast among the serene sidestreets of Plymouth Hoe or a self-catered apartment, Plymouth has a wide variety of locations to stay at this season.

Visit the full range of accommodation in Plymouth.

                  

Day 1

Morning 

Get your weekend off to a flyer by visiting some of Plymouth's most-loved spots on Plymouth Hoe. Download the free Plymouth Trails App to your phone and take on the Hoe Trail which will take you on a fascinating journey around one of the most iconic parts of Plymouth. Expect to pass many a landmark on your journey with unmissable War Memorials,  The PromenadeSmeaton's TowerTinside Lido and The Beatles Art Installation among some of the fascinating things to see on your way. 

Afternoon 

Continue your free learning journey about Plymouth with a trip to The Box, the city's award-winning museum, which showcases Plymouth's incredible past. Admission to The Box, and all its galleries is totally free and it's located just a short walk from the city centre.

The museum is home to many collections with thousands of natural history specimens, a full-size replica woolly mammoth, wonderful works of art, amazing archive film and photography plus so much more. 

You can also find an art gallery and an archive here with current exhibits including People and Place: Art Collection ShowcaseJohn Akomfrah: Arcadia and Yinka Shonibare CBE RA: End of Empire.

Evening 

End your day in Plymouth in style as you watch the sunset beyond the horizon. Gaze upon the beautiful orange skyline as the sun goes down at one of several gorgeous spots across the city, whether that be at Mount Batten Pier looking across Plymouth Sound National Marine Park or Devil's Point near the Royal William Yard. Check out our top recommendations on where is best to watch the sunset in Plymouth.

                      

Day 2 

Morning

Kickstart your Sunday with a trip to Plymouth's historic quarter at The Barbican. Home to many quaint shops, cafes and even the country's oldest working gin distillery, the area is a culture haven and its streets hold fascinating stories of times gone by in Britain's Ocean City.

There are many free attractions and places to visit within the area, take a walk to the Mayflower Steps, and you can see where the Pilgrim fathers set sail to settle in America in 1620. Or if you're after an adventure, explore the stunning cobbled backstreets and you'll come across the breathtaking Elizabethan Gardens.

Adorned with colourful flower displays, hedges, and even a fountain, a visit here will make you feel like you have been transformed back to 16th-century Plymouth.

Afternoon 

Once you've immersed yourself in one of Plymouth's culture capitals it may be time to stretch your legs and head to the magical landscapes of Dartmoor National Park.

Just a short journey from Plymouth, the park is home to 954 kilometres of breathtaking scenery - don't worry we aren't suggesting you explore it all in one afternoon!

However, you could visit some of the many ancient sites dotted around the park (it's home to the largest number of archaeological remains in Europe), take on a walk in the serene moorland environment or check out some of Dartmoor's famous granite Tors which act as stone landmarks within the park. 

Alternatively, take a short ferry ride across the water from Admiral's hard near the Royal William yard and explore the vast gardens of Mount Edgcumbe Country House. The estate boasts more than 800 acres of immaceluate scenery which is well worth exploring. Clamber your way up the hill to the historic folly and you will be blessed with unbelievable panoramic views over to Plymouth. 

Travel 

There are plenty of affordable ways to travel around Plymouth on a visit. If you are arriving by train, Plymouth Station is situated just a few minutes walk from the city centre and the waterfront. if you're arriving by coach, Plymouth Coach Station is conveniently located in the city centre with accommodation just a stone's throw away. 

Plymouth Citybus have offers allowing you to explore the city with ease. Unlimited day travel tickets in Plymouth start from £5.50 for adults and £4.20 for children, further options including family travel tickets are also an option.

Did you know you can also explore Plymouth on two wheels? Thanks to Beryl Bikes you can hop on and off as you journey round Britain's Ocean City.

Simply download the Beryl Bike app, find your nearest e-bike or e-scooter at one of the many docking stations across the city and begin your journey. 

If you are after further affordable things to do visit our free things to do in Plymouth page.

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In partnership with GWR, Destination Plymouth’s lead travel partner

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