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Enjoy an Easter break in Plymouth, Britain's Ocean City.

There's plenty of family-friendly activities happening around Plymouth to keep you entertained during the holidays. Whether you're a local looking for something new to do, or a visitor hoping to experience the best of what Plymouth has to offer, our blog has got you covered. 

Jump to: Attractions | Easter trails | Meet the animals | Experiences

Visit Plymouth's iconic attractions 


Smeaton's Tower

Plymouth's most picturesque landmark is back open for the season (from Saturday 30 March) and is well worth a visit during the Easter holidays. Perched on Plymouth Hoe, and standing at 72 feet high, the tower offers unrivalled views out to Plymouth Sound and beyond. Ascend your way up the 93 steps and some ladders to reach the summit and you'll be rewarded with stunning sights of the city and the sea. 

Find out more about Smeaton's Tower and its opening times. 


Elizabethan House 

Along with Smeaton's Tower, the Elizabethan House is also set to open its doors on Saturday 30 March. The historic property, dating back to the late 1500s has withstood the slum clearances of the early 1900s and the World War Two Blitz. Following essential structural enhancements, it has been transformed into an engaging visitor experience, highlighting the lives of Plymouthians who have resided there over the last 400 years.

Plan your visit to the Elizabethan House in Plymouth.


The Box Plymouth

There's plenty to take in at the free-to-enter Box Museum and Gallery throughout the Easter holidays. Check out the current exhibitions, Planet OceanYinka Shonibare CBE, End of EmpireBeyond The Page and John Akomfrah Arcadia set to wow visitors during the holidays. 

The Box is also hosting family-friendly workshops during the holidays including 'Life Underwater' which teaches all about the fascinating marine life beneath the waves in Plymouth Sound National Marine Park.


Mayflower Museum 

Discover the intriguing past of the renowned Mayflower vessel at the Mayflower Museum located on The Barbican. Delve into history by exploring three floors, immersing yourself in the stories of encounters and exploration, as well as the commemoration and lasting legacies of the ship and its sailors.


Market Hall 

Experience something extraordinary at Plymouth's 15m, 360-degree immersive dome!
Embark on a space adventure or plunge into the depths of the ocean at Market Hall's fully immersive dome - the first of its kind in Europe. Immerse yourself in fantastic visuals and captivating sounds that will transport you to unexplored worlds and distant places.


Family-friendly Easter trails


Spring Time Egg Hunt 

Follow Plymouth city centre's Spring Time Egg Hunt trail this Easter. Explore the urban streets of Plymouth's West End and search the shop windows for 10 large eggs. 

Each egg decoration is inspired by a different local habitat and the animals that live there. Discover each egg and the letters they contain to make a word and win a £50 voucher prize.


The EGGStraordinary Barbican Easter Trail

Take to The Barbican this Easter and explore the quaint streets as part of The Eggstraordinary Barbican Easter Trail! Visit the Tourist Information Centre opposite the iconic Mayflower Steps and collect your trail sheet to explore the area. 

Uncover which creatures will hatch from the hidden eggs along the trail. All these beings reside in or around The Barbican, except for one. Can you spot the unique one for your Easter surprise?

Check out further Easter-themed trails to try in Plymouth.


Meet the animals


Dartmoor Zoo

There's plenty of animal fun taking place at Dartmoor Zoo during the Easter holidays. Explore the 33 acres of land at the Zoo and discover all the fantastic animals on show, from loud lions to slithery snakes and everything in between! 

The Zoo is hosting an Easter Eggsplorer Trail throughout the holidays, as well as opportunities to get up close with the animals with the Rangers Academy for 13-18-year-olds and the Rangers Workshop for 6-12-year-olds. There's an opportunity to stay overnight in the Zoo with the Roar n Snore experience which involves a campout after dark. 


National Marine Aquarium

More than 4,000 underwater animals call the National Marine Aquarium home on The Barbican in Plymouth.

A trip to the UK's largest Aquarium is a must over the Easter holidays. Learn what life is like beneath the waves and say hello to sharks, stingrays, octopuses, jellyfish, turtles and more there to see. Also taking place during the holidays is the overnight Sleeping with the Sharks experience. See what happens as you camp out by the shark tank after dark at the aquarium. 


Pennywell Farm 

Venture to Pennywell Farm for a whole holiday's worth of fun this Easter. There's a jam-packed schedule of fun at the Farm, with trails, competitions, mini-games and more set to go ahead this Easter.

Get ready for an experience packed full of animals, hands-on activities, rides, play-time, shows and displays throughout the holidays.

Checkout the full itinerary of fun at Pennywell Farm this Easter 


Paignton Zoo

With more than 2,000 animals and a variety of incredible plants spread across 80 acres of stunning, expansive grounds, a visit to Paignton Zoo promises an unforgettable day out! Situated in Devon, Paignton Zoo stands out as one of the most thrilling visitor destinations in the South West. It's a haven for wandering, discovering, exploring, and connecting with nature. check out their Easter workshops, trails and activites taking place across the holidays. Find out more about Easter at Paignton Zoo. 



Plymouth Market

Experience the energy and vibrant buzz of Plymouth Market this Easter. Offering a wide range of goods, foods and more the market is always a hub of activity especially during the upcoming holidays.

The Market is also hosting an 'egg-citing' event on Saturday 30 March, with face painting, activities and prizes to be won throughout the day.


Plymouth Boat Trips 

Explore the vast and beautiful waterways of Plymouth with Plymouth Boat Trips. With cruise trips to Drake's Island, Tamar Valley, Devonport Dockyard and beyond there are plenty of destinations to view from the waves. Various trips take place across the Easter holidays. Start your on-the-water journey today.

Easter Woodland Adventure Golf

Challenge your family and friends to an Easter-themed mini golf experience at China Fleet Woodland Adventure Golf! take the short journey across Tamar Bridge to the course, and putt your way around the course in the fewest shots possible!


Good Food and Craft Market 

The Good Food and Craft Market makes its return to the Royal William Yard on the first weekend of April. For the first time of the year, the market will be hosted outdoors on the green from 10pm-3 pm on Sunday 7 April with plenty of handmade crafts and locally-sourced foods available to purchase. 


South West SUP

Get even closer to the water with South West SUP experience! As the weather gets warmer what better way to immerse yourself in Britain's Ocean City than to take to the waves on a paddleboard. Explore the local area on a paddleboard with one of several tailored sessions, guarenteed to make you smile. 

Explore further Easter inspiration and things to do in Plymouth.

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



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