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Visit plymouth guide 2020 visitor

CondĂŠ Nast Traveller top 10 destination to visit in 2020


Welcome to Britain’s Ocean City

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04 Experience our Events 06 A Visit to Remember 48hrs in Plymouth WATERFRONT

Situated in one of the most beautiful locations imaginable, Plymouth is sandwiched between the incredible South West coastline and the wild beauty of Dartmoor National Park.

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There’s everything you’d expect to find in a cool, cultural city here, with great food and drink, shopping, arts and entertainment.

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But there’s also hundreds of years of history to uncover, from Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada to a city rebuilt following the Blitz during World War II. Plymouth was the final departure point for the Mayflower ship when it set sail for America in 1620, making this year an extra special one for the city as we commemorate the 400th anniversary. Throughout this year Plymouth will be commemorating the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower with new and spectacular events, exciting cultural happenings and the opening of The Box, Plymouth’s newest attraction – find out more on pages 38 and 52. Rain or shine, Britain’s Ocean City is home to breath-taking views, plenty to see and do and lots of fresh, sea air. Explore the waterfront, shop ‘til you drop or experience world-class events. There’s nowhere quite like it – let us show you around.

Discover the Waterfront Unmissable Waterfront Culture Food & Drink Shopping

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Highlights Unmissable City Centre Culture Food & Drink Shopping

DAYS OUT

28 Family Friendly Intinerary 31 Rainy Day Itinerary 32 Sports and Games OUT & ABOUT

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History and Heritage Parks and Gardens On the Water Step Ashore Enjoy the Experience Stretch Your Legs

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50 Music and Nightlife 52 Mayflower 400 54 Explore Further Afield UNWIND

57 Accommodation TRAVEL

62 Getting around Plymouth 64 How to get to Plymouth

While every care has been taken in the accuracy of producing this guide, the publisher is not liable for any errors or omissions which may occur. All information is correct at time of going to print, November 2019.

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experience our events ED BE AMAZED BE WOW Plymouth is renowned for its spectacular event schedule, with everything from food festivals and spectacular fireworks to family friendly days out. 2020 is set to be extra special, with a whole host of unique, one-off events taking place as part of the Mayflower 400 commemorations.

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4 - 10 Mayflower Ocean Festival 8-31 Mayflower International History Festival 6-10 OSTAR and TWOSTAR 8 VE Day 9-10 Pirates Weekend Plymouth 17 Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon 23 Lord Mayor’s Day 29-31 Flavour Fest

12-13 Seafood Festival 16 Mayflower Ceremony 17 Royal Marines Rehabilitation Triathlon 19-20 Mayflower Muster Weekend

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12-12 Jul Euro 2020 16-20 This Land

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4 Plymouth 5K and 10K

5 Bonfire Night 8 Remembrance Sunday 12 City Centre Christmas Lights Switch On 22 Barbican Christmas Lights Switch On 26-29 Illuminate 26 Nov-17 Dec Christmas Market

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8 Plymouth Pride 12-13 British Firework Championships 14-16 Ocean City Blues N Jazz Festival

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(Dates correct at time of going to print, Nov 2019)


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A visit to remembeR TH 48 HOURS IN PLYMOU If you’re here for the weekend, follow our top tips to make the most of your visit, and experience a weekend to remember.

Day 1

Start your visit with a trip to The Box (opening spring 2020), Plymouth’s stunning new cultural attraction. Enjoy exhibitions, amazing galleries filled with fascinating objects and works of art and rediscover the story of the Mayflower and its passengers in the ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ exhibition. From here, stroll into the city centre where you can indulge in some retail therapy, with big name brands and high street favourites as well as a vibrant indoor market and fantastic independent shops. Feeling peckish? Head to Plymouth Market for wonderful eateries, offering everything

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from sourdough pizza to Asian cuisine, or visit Drake Circus The Barcode for a great range of popular chains. In the afternoon, wander the historic cobbled streets of the Barbican and walk in the footsteps of adventurers including Sir Francis Drake, Charles Darwin and the Mayflower Pilgrims who left Plymouth in 1620. No visit to Plymouth is complete without a trip on the water, so hop on the ferry from the Barbican and make your way round to Royal William Yard, the former naval victualling yard that is now home to a range of restaurants, shops and art galleries. It’s the perfect spot for a glass of wine and dinner before taking in a show at Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth Pavilions or Barbican Theatre.


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Day 2 Enjoy some fresh air on your second day, out on the water. Spend your morning enjoying a cruise of the Sound with Plymouth Boat Trips to see the historic Naval dockyards or take a trip over to the idyllic Cawsand and Kingsand. If being active on the water is more your thing, head over to the Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre to learn how to kayak, sail or stand-up paddle board. Eat lunch at Rockfish, enjoy some spectacular seafood from famous seafood chef Mitch Tonks. Spend the afternoon at the National Marine Aquarium, discover the wildlife that lives in the waters surrounding Plymouth, come face-to-face with sharks and learn more about the marine environment. For dinner, book yourself in at the Barbican Kitchen, owned by the Tanner brothers and based at the historic Plymouth Gin Distillery. After your meal, enjoy a cocktail in the distillery Refectory Bar, rumoured to be the place where the Pilgrims spent their last night before sailing to America on the Mayflower.

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Day 3 Start your final day with a walk along the South West Coast Path, which encompasses a stretch of stunning Plymouth waterfront. Take a dip in Plymouth’s famous art deco salt water swimming pool Tinside Lido and work up an appetite for lunch. With plenty of cafes and restaurants along the Hoe foreshore you’ll be spoilt for choice with somewhere to refuel with a beautiful sea view. Before you head off, spend some time on Plymouth Hoe which is home to one of the finest views in the world (well, we think so anyway). Snap a selfie at the top of Smeaton’s Tower and take a walk along the Hoe Promenade, with views of the Sound on one side, and the Naval War Memorial on the other. Don’t forget to find the ‘Beatle Bums’ set into the grass on the Hoe and recreate your own version of the fab four’s postcard worthy photo.

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Waterfront As Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth’s impressive waterfront is completely unmissable. With quaint, historic spots, delicious food and drink and beautiful natural spaces to enjoy, there’s plenty to explore.

Historic harbour

Here you’ll find Plymouth’s historic heart by the ocean. From the cobbled streets of the Barbican and Sutton Harbour to the broad expanse of Plymouth Hoe, to Drake’s Island and the grandeur of Royal William Yard, discover a city steeped in history. You can follow in the footsteps of Sir Francis Drake and the Mayflower Pilgrims, or set off on a trail of artistic discovery as you admire the landscape and people that have inspired artists including Robert Lenkiewicz, Beryl Cook and Brian Pollard.

Get active

If you’re not content to sit back and admire the ocean views, then dive right in. There’s a huge range of water sports available to try, from paddle boarding to sailing, kayaking and even scuba diving. If you’re in pursuit of a more relaxed day out, the city’s open air, salt water swimming pool, Tinside Lido, is open during the summer for swimmers and sun worshippers.

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DINING DELIGHTS

Did you know Plymouth is home to the country’s second largest fish market? You won’t be surprised to learn that this makes the city one of the best places to indulge in fresh fish and seafood, with many restaurants buying their produce locally. Whether you’re looking for gourmet lobster or traditional fish and chips, you’ll find it here. The waterfront is also a great place to visit for those traditional South West holiday treats – a pasty, cream tea (cream first, naturally), locally made ice cream or a cool, refreshing glass of Devonshire cider.

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When you’re exploring our incredible waterfront, make sure you don’t miss the chance to discover our favourite places.

Barbican & Sutton Harbour

Don’t miss Plymouth’s historic harbour. Here you’ll find the highest concentration of cobbled streets in England, lined with cosy cafes, buzzing pubs and stunning shops and galleries. Make sure you enjoy a seaside treat of fish and chips or ice cream by the sea.

Plymouth Hoe

A breath-taking panorama, no trip to Plymouth is complete without a visit to the Hoe. Climb the 93 steps to the top of Smeaton’s Tower for unbeatable views across Plymouth Sound, or enjoy a sunny day enjoying a picnic on the grass or taking a dip in the art deco Tinside Lido.

Royal William Yard

A former Royal Navy victualling yard, this stunning collection of Grade II listed buildings has been transformed into one of Plymouth’s coolest spots, with a real contemporary vibe. Soak up the vibrant café culture, tuck into lunch at one of the great restaurants or take a stroll by the sea, climbing the staircase that links the Yard to the South West Coast Path.

Plymouth Gin

The home of Plymouth’s most famous export, Black Friars Distillery is the oldest working gin distillery in England. Make sure you pop in for a tour, where you can even make your own gin and stop by the shop to pick up a souvenir.

National Marine Aquarium

The largest public aquarium in the UK and home to over 4,000 animals, you’ll be delighted and amazed by the sea life living here! Come face to face with sharks, sting rays, jellyfish, Neptune the octopus and Friday, the green turtle amongst thousands of others, and learn more about the deep blue.

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Eat and drink Bistrot Pierre / Column Bakehouse / Las Iguanas / Le Vignoble / Prezzo / Seco Lounge / Wagamama / Wildwood Shop Column Bakehouse Stores / Identity Fashion / Le Vignoble / Mark Fielding Gallery / Martin Bush Studio / Nikki Taylor Sculpture / Wildwood Deli / YOKE Salon Visit Enjoy events including regular Good Food Market, family days out, giant squid acoustic installation, art exhibitions, history tours, open air cinema and theatre performances. Yard fitness sessions, stand up paddle boarding and sailing trips. Arrive by car, bike, bus, foot or ferry, we even offer mooring. Stay in unique Georgian hotel rooms or apartments.

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To stay up to date on events and new developments at the Yard please visit our website.

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Culture

Plymouth’s beautiful waterfront has inspired many artists, from Robert Lenkiewicz to Beryl Cook. Take a walk in their footsteps and explore the vibrant cultural offering, from intimate theatre to contemporary art galleries.

Barbican Theatre

Tucked away on the historic Barbican, this intimate 140-seat theatre offers a diverse programme, including hilarious comedy nights and live music. The B-Bar sells drinks and delicious, freshly-cooked Thai food and hosts its own programme of entertainment. barbicantheatre.co.uk

Ocean Studios

The creative heart of Plymouth, Ocean Studios is home to artist studios, events and workshop space, as well as the award winning artisan bakery Column Bakehouse. oceanstudios.org.uk

Plymouth Pavilions

Enjoy an amazing line-up of musicians, comedians and arena shows at the Pavilions. Tickets are on sale now for a great range of acts in 2020, including Kaiser Chiefs, Susan Boyle and comedians Jimmy Carr, Ed Byrne and Milton Jones. plymouthpavilions.com

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Plymouth Arts CInema Open Air Cinema Programme

The Open Air Cinema programme transforms stunning waterfront settings, including Tinside Lido and Royal William Yard, into an outdoor cinema with a mix of blockbusters, cult classics and good old sing-alongs. Dates and films will be announced early summer 2020. plymouthartscentre.org

KARST

You’ll find KARST, the largest independent contemporary art venue in the industrial Millbay area of Plymouth. An experimental venue, there’s a free public gallery space alongside artists’ studios, and a programme of exciting,challenging exhibitions. karst.org.uk


The Market Hall, by Real Ideas, will be a worldclass space for digital, right here in the heart of historic Devonport. Building on Devonport’s incredible heritage of innovation and exploration, the Market Hall will be home to an awe-inspiring immersive dome as well as providing space for people to learn, work, develop new ideas and have fun! The 15m diameter immersive dome – the first of its kind in western Europe – will allow you to explore a virtual world, without the need for a VR headset, opening up a world of immersive experiences. Opening 2020. For more information please visit: realideas.org/market-hall/


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Food & Drink

With the freshest seafood, great views, delightfully cosy cafes and plenty of pubs, there’s a wealth of dining delights just waiting to be discovered along the waterfront.

Rockfish

Mitch Tonks’ Plymouth restaurant has beautiful harbour views and serves up delicious fresh fish dishes, from traditional fish and chips to fritto misto, prawn tacos and Jersey Rock oysters. They also offer a local fish menu, which changes daily depending on the catch of the day.

Kuku

Serving up contemporary Japanese cuisine, Kuku is a great place to enjoy fresh local ingredients in a different way. Grab a seat at the sushi-bar and watch the chefs craft masterpieces before your eyes.

The Boathouse Cafe

You can’t get much closer to the water than this! Tucked in the fisherman’s arches near the Mayflower Steps, choose from their classic menu or the new Scallop Shack menu, which offers locally-caught scallops (from their own boat) that have been lovingly shucked, prepared and cooked to order by expert chefs.

HonkyTonk Wine Library

If you’re looking for a relaxing and refined spot for lunch or dinner, then you’ll love this welcoming wine library and deli on Sutton Harbour. You can enjoy wines from around the world, alongside delicious, locally sourced deli-food platters.

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Supha’s Street Food Emporium

Head to Sutton Harbour to enjoy the freshest food with flavours from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and more. Pick your own fish from the counter and see how your delicious dinner is created in the open kitchen.

Pier One

Soak up the stunning vistas of Plymouth Sound at this new, all-weather venue, with floor to ceiling windows and open balconies. Open from 7am to 11pm, it’s the perfect place whether you’re an early bird looking for breakfast or want to enjoy the sunset with a drink.

Royal William Yard

The historic Yard is filled with affordable restaurants that all the family will enjoy, with Bistrot Pierre, Las Iguanas, Wagamama, Seco Lounge, Prezzo and Wildwood on offer. You’ll also find independent wine lounge Le Vignoble and artisan bakery Column Bakehouse here.


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DELIGHTFUL WATERFRONT

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

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In this cluster of old storehouses on the Barbican you’ll find one of the largest collections of antique traders in the South West. It’s as much a curios museum as it is a place to shop and a great place for a wander – who knows what you’ll find!

The House that The House that Jack Built

This quirky Barbican arcade is a maze of delights, leading to a wonderland of water fountains, fairies and gnomes. It’s home to a real mix of retailers, selling handmade chocolates, bespoke jewellery, unusual gifts and more.

Southside Street

A wander along Southside Street is a treat for lovers of art and homewares. Pop into the many galleries lining the road, selling original paintings, stunning glass pieces and delicate ceramics.

Identity Fashion

You’ll find this independent clothing and lifestyle boutique in Royal William Yard, selling limited edition pieces, exclusive womenswear and handmade jewellery that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Pop in for a browse while you’re exploring the Yard.

Tourist Information Centre

Looking for a souvenir, or a gift to take home to friends and family? The Tourist Information Centre on the Barbican has a whole host of trinkets and treats to make sure you remember your visit to Plymouth! If you don’t get chance to pop in during your visit then you can order online instead at visitplymouthshop.co.uk.

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City Centre You'll find big name brands, great independents and amazing post-war architecture in the heart of Plymouth. The city centre is the home of the city’s shopping and the place to go if you’re looking for retail therapy, some great food and drink or a slice of cake and a coffee.

Shopping

Browse big name brands in Drake Circus where you’ll find the likes of M&S, Joules, White Stuff, Cath Kidston and more as well as popular brunch spot Bill’s and Yo! Sushi. On either side of Drake Circus you’ll find the pedestrianised city centre with high street stores alongside hundreds of great independents. Stroll down to Plymouth Market in the West End to find some amazing unique stalls and incredible artisan food and drink. Just outside of the city centre, Ebrington Street offers a quirky street of independent stores, with a social enterprise pub, the Bread and Roses, and some great coffee shops.

Architecture and history

The city’s wide tree-lined pedestrianised boulevards are a product of proud postwar redevelopment. Be sure to look up above the shop fronts and facades to see the designs in Portland stone that inspired TV’s Kevin McCloud to declare Plymouth’s architecture ‘beautiful and heroic’.

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Charles Cross roundabout is home to the city’s living reminder of the Blitz that reshaped the city, with the bombed out Charles Church sitting at its centre. The Minster Church of St Andrew, which has been the site of a church since the 15th century stands proudly in the city centre. Having been gutted by fire during World War II and refurbished in 1957, the fabric of the building still retains some of its original features along with modern stained glass windows and bells that were cast in the 16th century to celebrate Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the globe.

Eating and drinking

With a range of cafes and restaurants on the high street there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to fuelling your retail therapy. From the Caribbean flavours of Turtle Bay through to the traditional pasty at the Original Pasty House and the relaxed atmosphere of Cosy Club at The Barcode there’s plenty of food on offer and you’ll be spoilt for choice with places to stop for a coffee and slice of cake too!


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If you’ve not got long to spend in our great little city by the sea, make sure to take time for some of our favourite city centre spots.

Drake Circus

Plymouth Market

The Box

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Plymouth’s most popular shopping destination with more than 70 independent and national brands, including M&S, Next, Boots, Cath Kidston, Joules, Skinnydip London and Pandora to name a few! Easily accessible by public transport and by car, with a large car park and shop mobility. drakecircus.com

Plymouth’s newest cultural attraction, The Box, (opening 2020) brings an exciting new cultural and heritage attraction to Plymouth. Located on the site of the former Museum and Art Gallery, Central Library and St Luke’s Church buildings, it's just a short walk from the city centre. Don’t miss the Royal Naval ship figureheads on display in the main entrance, each with their own story to tell. From 2020 until autumn 2021 you can rediscover the story of the Mayflower and its passengers in the ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ exhibition, featuring more than 200 objects from the UK, Netherlands, USA and the Wampanaog. theboxplymouth.com

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The 150-stall Plymouth Market in the West End, is the place to head for fresh locally caught fish, fruit and veg, independent stores and stalls and a vibrant food and drink scene. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the food stalls, pick up the ingredients for your dinner or shop for clothes, crafts or beautiful jewellery, it’s all on offer. plymouthmarket.co.uk

The largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK, Theatre Royal Plymouth has three performance spaces, The Lyric, The Drum and The Lab each offering different ways to watch and engage with theatre. Whether you’re looking for classic theatre, contemporary drama, touring West End shows or new and innovative work there’s plenty to see. theatreroyal.com

Drake Circus The Barcode

With a 12-screen Cineworld IMAX 4DX cinema – the first IMAX for the Devon and Cornwall area – as well as Paradise Island Adventure Golf and dining brands including Zizzi, Five Guys, Nando’s and Cosy Club, plus a car park with 400 spaces available – The Barcode is not to be missed if you’re looking for entertainment and a place to relax. drakecircus.com

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Culture

Looking for something to tantalise your cultural taste buds? We’ve got a few suggestions for you…

Plymouth Arts Centre Cinema

Plymouth’s only independent cinema screens the best in British, American and World Cinema with a few old classics for good measure. It's based at Plymouth College of Art, just a few minutes' walk from the city centre. plymouthartscentre.org

The Box

Travel from prehistory to the present day and beyond with amazing galleries filled with art, human history, natural history, film, photography and historic archives. There’s an exciting programme of exhibitions and events throughout the year too. theboxplymouth.com

The Arts Institute

The University of Plymouth’s public arts programme includes exhibitions, dance, films, music, performance and talks. The University of Plymouth’s public arts programme includes exhibitions, Levinsky Gallery, dance, films, music, performance and talks. plymouth.ac.uk/arts-institute

MESSENGER

Outside the Theatre Royal Plymouth you'll find Messenger, the UK's largest bronze sculpture, created by artist Joseph Hillier. Messenger is seven metres tall, nine metres wide and weighs in at an impressive 10 tonnes.

The Drum, Theatre RoyaL Plymouth

An alternative to the theatre’s large auditorium, The Lyric, and described by The Guardian as ‘a real powerhouse of innovative theatre and collaboration’, The Drum is an exciting space presenting new and existing productions. Check what’s on during your visit for an entirely different theatrical experience. theatreroyal.com

The Barcode 4DX Cinema

Catch the big Hollywood blockbusters on the only 4DX cinema in Plymouth at the Barcode, just on the edge of the city centre. Kick back, relax and enjoy the latest releases in one of the 12 screens in the Cineworld complex. With food and drink including Five Guys, Nando's and Cosy Club right next door as well as the rest of the city centre and waterfront in short walking distance you’ll easily be able to make an evening of it! drakecircus.com

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Food & Drink There’s a whole host of cuisines on offer in the city centre, with a melting pot of cultural flavours so whether you’re stopping for a bite to eat during a busy day shopping or want a special evening out, there’s something on the menu you’ll enjoy!

Plymouth Market

Plymouth Market is a haven for foodies, with an incredible range of cuisines to try. Whether it’s the fresh and punchy Asian flavours of At Kitchen, Taste of Thailand and Tea & Bun, sourdough pizza at Knead Pizza, American-style sliders and sides at Tilt or one of the traditional British cafes, there’s plenty to choose from.

Toot

This contemporary, independent restaurant specialises in authentic Persian food, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options on offer. Enjoy hearty portions with kebabs, grills and traditional starters like falafel, hummus and tabbouleh on the menu.

Samphire Brasserie

On the edge of the city centre, Samphire Brasserie’s food is influenced by American cuisine, and everything is completely vegan! Tuck into plant-based burgers, pizza and ‘phish and chips’ – even meat eaters will be happy.

Turtle Bay

Whether you’re feasting with friends or simply wanting to relax with a cocktail or two, Turtle Bay’s unique blend of Caribbean spices, warming rums and sunshine on the rocks has you sorted. From vegan treats to the ultimate meat jerk pit feast, there’s something for everyone at Turtle Bay.

The Greedy Goose

Set in Plymouth’s oldest building, which dates back to 1487, The Greedy Goose has two AA rosettes and offers a magical dining experience, making it perfect for a romantic dinner or an extra special celebration. Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk/food-and-drink

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Shopping

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.

Plymouth Market

The 150-stall Plymouth Market is a staple for unique and fresh produce. With fresh fruit and vegetables, a fish market, jewellery, fabric and a plethora of amazing independent stalls you’ll be spoilt for choice. Stop for a bite to eat whilst you’re there and enjoy anything from handmade sourdough pizza to incredible Asian food or a traditional English fry up!

West End

The West End of the city centre is home to many of Plymouth’s independent shops. With high end jewellers, independent clothing and gifts and some incredible restaurants on offer, make sure you take some time to explore all that the area has to offer.

High Street

The main high street, along New George Street, Cornwall Street and Armada Way, offers a little bit of everything from boutique independent treats to big high street brands and designer names. Pop into Flannels for some high end designer wear, head to one of the big department stores like Debenhams or House of Fraser for a browse and make a visit to Lawson’s, a Plymouth staple for over 100 years, for homewares and baking supplies. 26


Drake Circus

Plymouth’s most popular shopping destination is home to over 70 of the UK’s top brand names and biggest stores in the region. Find big brands under one roof with M&S, Next, Boots and Joules on offer alongside a range of food and drink outlets like Bill’s and Yo! Sushi. There’s parking and shop mobility on site, and the centre and lots of the shops are dog friendly too!

Mayflower Street

In the north of the city centre, Mayflower Street offers a range of independent stores including art supplies, fashion, fancy dress and great food and drink, as well as the Armada Centre home to well-known names like Laura Ashley, Sainsbury’s and Wilko. Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk/shopping

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Family Friendly ITINERARY

Family members of all ages can enjoy a spending time together in Plymouth! We’ve suggested a great day out, so all you need to do is head out into the sunshine and make happy memories.

Morning

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Start the day with a hearty brunch at Seco Lounge or Column Bakehouse in Royal William Yard.

get stuck in at Adventure Segway. Take on a Segway Skills assault course and venture out, gliding for miles on an instructor-led expedition across the park.

After breakfast hop on board Plymouth Boat Trips for the quick journey over to Mount Edgcumbe House and Gardens. With hundreds of acres to explore, there’s plenty of space for walks or a paddle on the beach. Older children and teens will want to

When you start to feel hungry, catch a boat back to the historic Barbican and indulge in some delicious fresh fish and chips for lunch. Why not treat yourself to an ice cream too!

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AFTERNOON Take a walk up to Plymouth Hoe, there’s plenty of space here for children to run around, fly kites and play games. If it’s a sunny day, go for a dip in art deco, salt water swimming pool Tinside Lido. Wander further along the waterfront and you’ll discover West Hoe Park where there’s lots to keep both big and small kids entertained! Play crazy golf, bounce on trampolines, ride on the miniature train and explore the pirate-themed Treasure Island Park. For dinner, head back to the city centre and dine at one of the family-friendly restaurants inside Drake Circus The Barcode, including Cosy Club, Five Guys and Zizzi.

You might also like: Dartmoor Zoological Park, come face-toface with lions, tigers and monkeys ClayArt, unleash your creativity and paint your own pottery to create an extra special souvenir Paradise Island Adventure Golf, get competitive and take on one of the 18-hole indoor adventure golf courses The Box, enjoy a range of family-friendly, creative activities throughout the year Smeaton's Tower, buy a family ticket and take in the views from the top of our iconic lighthouse

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RAINY DAY ITINERARY Being in the UK means there’s always the possibility of a rainy day, but luckily there’s so much to do under cover in Plymouth. So if you wake up and find that the sun is hiding, here’s some suggestions for how to spend a day – and stay dry!

Morning Start your day with a visit to the National Marine Aquarium and take a journey through the world’s oceans. With everything undercover, there’s no chance of you getting wet! After a few hours exploring, grab your brollies for the short walk back to the Barbican to explore the indoor Mayflower Museum, telling the story of the ship’s journey to America in 1620. Warm up with lunch in a cosy café on the historic Barbican. Try Monty’s for locally sourced, seasonal food or The Mad Merchant’s Coffee House tucked away on New Street for some delicious lunch options!

AFTERNOON Get active in the afternoon. Choose whether you’d prefer ice-skating at Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink or bouncing at Super Tramp, the city’s number 1 trampoline park. If you’re looking for something more relaxed then enjoy an afternoon of gaming at Twist, the board game café in the city centre. All undercover, they’re the perfect way to escape from the weather and try out a new activity. Wind down with a relaxed dinner at one of the city centre restaurants like The Treasury, with its modern menu and well-stocked bar, or Bill’s which has a special kids menu and a nice relaxed vibe. If you’re still after some afternoon or evening entertainment check out Drake Circus The Barcode where you’ll find our 12 screen 4DX IMAX cinema, Paradise Island Adventure Golf and a range of great restaurants including Cosy Club, Zizzi and Five Guys.

You might also like: The Climbing Hangar, a 13,000 square feet indoor bouldering wall, suitable for all ages and abilities Escape Rooms Plymouth, test out your brain power with friends or family as you solve puzzles and riddles Barbican Leisure Park, there’s lots here to keep you entertained, including Tenpin bowling and Vue cinema

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Football & Rugby

Plymouth’s League Two team, Plymouth Argyle Football Club – also known as The Pilgrims – play matches at Home Park. Perfect for a Saturday afternoon game, don’t forget your pasty for the ultimate Pilgrims experience! See pafc.co.uk for details of fixtures Rugby union fans should head to Brickfields to see Plymouth Albion RFC play their home games. See plymouthalbion.com for details.

Basketball

Plymouth Raiders, the city’s basketball team, play in the British Basketball League (the sport’s UK premier league) at Plymouth Pavilions – enjoy the electric atmosphere at one of their home games during basketball season between October and May. Plymouthraiders.co.uk

Swimming and Diving

Dive into some swimming and diving action at Plymouth Life Centre (where Olympic diver Tom Daley trained). The purpose built leisure centre often hosts national competitions like the British Diving Cup and British Masters Swimming competitions. If outdoor swimming is more your thing, try out Tinside Lido, our saltwater seafront swimming pool, or Mount Wise Swimming Pools which has three pools to cater for swimmers and splashers alike! Both are open during the summer months

Snow Sports

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As Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth has a lot to offer when it comes to watersports (check out page 44 to find out more). Whether you’re into being in the water or on it there’s so much to get involved in!

Climbing

Experienced and novice climbers alike can get started at The Climbing Hangar, a huge 13,000 square feet indoor bouldering wall, or Clip 'n Climb Plymouth, which is home to 38 different climbing walls each with an individual set of challenges.

Running

Enjoy a leisurely Park Run at Plym Valley or Mount Edgcumbe every Saturday, or take on a challenge with Britain’s Ocean City race series – sign up for a 5k, 10k or half marathon.

Cycling

Plymouth is situated on two National Cycle Network routes, and with Dartmoor National Park nearby, there’s lots for road cyclists and mountain bikers alike to explore and enjoy.

Golf

There’s a fantastic variety of golf courses within a half hour drive from the centre of Plymouth. Head to Boringdon Park for their 18 hole golf course, or St Mellion in nearby Cornwall which is home to two courses: The Nicklaus Course, designed by retired professional golfer Jack Nicklaus, and The Kernow Course, one of the UK’s top five 36 hole courses.

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History & Heritage Steeped in history, there’s a lot to delve into in Plymouth – a city shaped by its past. Immerse yourself in a wondrous world of exploration as you walk in the footsteps of adventurers and explorers who strolled the streets of Plymouth in years gone by.

2020 is an extra special year, with Plymouth commemorating 400 years since the Mayflower ship sailed from the UK to the US and the opening of Plymouth’s incredible new cultural and heritage attraction, The Box.

THE BOX

Open from spring 2020, The Box has a series of amazing permanent galleries filled with objects from the city’s human history, natural history, art, media, photographic and archive collections. You’ll see incredible objects both large and small, from thousands of pickled marine creatures to a gigantic woolly mammoth. Find out more at theboxplymouth.com.

ELIZABETHAN HOUSE

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Mayflower Museum

Learn all about the Pilgrims journey, including the reasons they left and the challenges they faced at this family-friendly museum located above the Tourist Information Centre.

Plymouth Hoe

Along the promenade you’ll find several war memorials, the largest being the Plymouth Naval Memorial, commemorating over 23,000 lives lost during the two world wars. You’ll also find statues of famous Plymothians here, including Sir Francis Drake and Lady Nancy Astory (the first female MP to take her seat). If modern history is more your thing, look for the ‘Beatle Bums’ to recreate the photo taken of the band when they visited in the 60’s.

Smeaton’s Tower

The red and white stripes of this former lighthouse – once placed on Eddystone Rock – make it a classic Plymouth landmark. Climb to the top for unbeatable views and take time to enjoy the painstakingly restored interior on the way.

Devonport Guildhall

Discover the grand Main Hall, spooky cells and deadly secrets of this Grade I listed Regency building, just a short drive from the centre of Plymouth, with a free audio tour. Climb the 124ft column for magnificent panoramic views.

Harbour Cruise

Take an hour-long boat trip with Plymouth Boat Trips to learn more about the city’s history, with informative live commentary about Drake's Island and the Royal Navy Dockyard. Catch one of the regular boats from the Barbican.

Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk

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PARKS & GARDENS A GREAT ESCAPE Did you know that more than a third of Plymouth is covered in green space? The city’s parks and nature reserves will provide you with a spot where you can relax and enjoy some breathing space.

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Elizabethan Gardens

Step back in time inside this tranquil oasis, nestled in the heart of the busy Barbican. Rest your legs on the stone benches and enjoy a picnic in this shady spot.

Central Park

As the largest park in Plymouth, it’s perfect for dog walkers and families. The Green Flag award-winning park boasts wide open meadows to explore as well as a new café, playground and skate park, so it’s the perfect place to spend a sunny afternoon.

Saltram House

Explore this beautiful 500-acre National Trust owned estate, complete with a Georgian mansion, meadows, woodland and an estuary. It’s a great place for dog walks or bird watching.

Mount Edgcumbe Country House and Gardens

Take a short trip on the Cremyll Ferry and discover this beautiful 865 acre country park, featuring unbeatable picnic spots and great views looking back towards Plymouth.

Plymouth Hoe

Relax on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe, with breath-taking views across Plymouth Sound, or stroll the promenade to explore the many historical monuments and memorials.

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Get out on the water just have fun You won’t be surprised to learn that the best way to appreciate Britain’s Ocean City is from the water. We’re perfectly situated for water sports and whether you’re an experienced seafarer or haven’t quite found your sea legs yet, there’s a chance for everyone to get active in Plymouth. 42


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Mount Batten Centre

The centre provides a huge range of adventurous activities, with everything from half-day sessions to week long courses on offer. Try new activities on the water, including windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. mount-batten-centre.com

South West SUP

If you’re completely new to paddle boarding then learn during a two-hour or half day session, or equipment hire is available for seasoned pros. southwestsup.co.uk

Aquanauts Dive Centre

Plymouth is a treasure trove for divers with more wrecks per mile of coastline than anywhere else in the country. Aquanauts sell equipment and run diving courses if you’re looking to try it for yourself. aquanauts.co.uk

Tinside Lido

Plymouth’s art deco saltwater swimming pool, located on Plymouth Hoe, opens between May to September each year and is perfect for a dip on a summer’s day. everyoneactive.com/centre/tinside-lido

Fish ‘n’ Trips

Take a trip out to sea with Plymouth Boat Trips and try your hand at fishing. The target species is mackerel but you may also catch herring, gurnard and dog fish! Why not book the optional extra ‘Cook Your Catch’, then sit back and relax as The Boathouse Café transforms your haul into a tasty dinner. plymouthboattrips.co.uk Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk/things-to-do

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STEP ASHORE

Plymouth is a spectacular base for sailing, with one of the world’s deepest natural harbours. With over 1,500 Gold Anchor berths in the city, located just minutes away from top visitor attractions and entertainment, Britain’s Ocean City is the perfect place to moor up and enjoy whether you’re sailing into the city or want to get out onto the water whilst you’re here. With Brittany Ferries operating regular sailings to France and Spain from Millbay Docks, we’re the perfect place to start and end a sea voyage whether you’re sailing yourself or on board as a passenger!

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Public Slipways

Offering free access for launching and landing small boats. Commercial Wharf Slipway (Mayflower Sailing Club and Barbican Landing Stage) 15 minutes’ walk to city centre Mutton Cove Slipway Bus ride to city centre. Richmond Walk Slipway Behind Mayflower Marina Bus ride to city centre.

Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk


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Marinas Sutton Harbour Marina Located right in the heart of the city, with the Barbican on your doorstep Tel: 01752 204702 Out of hours no: 01752 204732 King Point Marina Just 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre Tel: 01752 424297 Queen Anne’s Battery Marina A short walk to the Barbican and 15 minutes to the city centre Tel: 01752 671142

Mayflower Marina A short walk to Royal William Yard Tel: 01752 556633 Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre Dinghy sailing, canoeing, kayaking and paddle boarding sessions available Tel: 01752 404567 Royal William Yard A small number of visitor berths available Tel: 01752 600533

Plymouth Yacht Haven Marina Just minutes from the open water of Plymouth Sound. Take the water taxi across to the Barbican Tel: 01752 404231

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ENJOY THE EXPERIENCE Make it special While you’re in Plymouth, why not indulge in a more unique and unusual activity that will make your trip one to remember? From behind the scenes tours to the ultimate treat for gin lovers, discover the experiences that only Britain’s Ocean City can offer.

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Discover a world of gin

The oldest working gin distillery in England, Plymouth’s Black Friars Distillery is home to Plymouth Gin – the city’s most famous export. Here you can choose from one of three tours to explore the inner workings of the distillery, taste gin and even make your own gin with the Master Distiller’s Tour. Afterwards, stop for a drink in the elegant Refectory Bar and enjoy a classic cocktail. Alternatively, visit the knowledgeable team at the Barbican Botanics Gin Room, tucked away on New Street. They stock more than 160 different gins, so you’re guaranteed to try something new, or book onto a Gin Masterclass to learn all about the history of the spirit and blend your own bottle of gin.

Paddle around the Sound

Stand up paddleboarding is an amazing way to explore Plymouth Sound. Take a trip to South West SUP who are located at the Firestone Arches in Royal William Yard. They run private lessons for beginners, equipment hire and special event paddles – imagine watching the spectacular British Firework Championships from your paddle board out on the water!

Foodie delights

Enjoy a traditional afternoon tea with completely unforgettable views at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel. Their ‘Tea at the Top’ experience is like no other. Tuck into delicious treats for two people served by your very own butler, in a private room at the top of their tower, which boasts panoramic views of Plymouth Sound If you’d rather sample the amazingly fresh fish on offer then head out on a fishing trip with Plymouth Boat Trips before the team at the Boathouse Café ‘Cook Your Catch’, so you can eat a well-earned – and unbelievably fresh – dinner!

Behind the scenes tours

Experience a different view at some of the city’s top tourist attractions. Take a V.I.P. Behind the Scenes tour at the National Marine Aquarium to see what it takes to keep 4,000 animals happy and healthy, including learning how they feed sharks and sting rays and even how they clean the biggest tank in the country! Culture vultures will love the backstage tours offered by the Theatre Royal Plymouth. Take a trip behind the scenes to see how a busy theatre operates and enjoy a glimpse inside the dressing rooms, wings and backstage areas that are normally hidden from public view.

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Mount Edgcumbe Britain’s historic park by the sea

Visit historic Mount Edgcumbe House, the family collection and the Earl’s private garden linked to the nearby Barrow Centre shops, arts and craft outlets and a wonderful Cafe. Come and see the working blacksmith, weaver and textile designer bringing the estate back to life. Mount Edgcumbe House and Earl’s Garden - open daily April to September, Sunday - Thursday 11.00 to 16.30 (last admission at 16.00). Open every Sunday throughout the rest of the year for guided tours (advanced booking required). Also, special events and tours taking place in 2020 as part of the Mayflower 400 celebrations. Cremyll, Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1HZ Tel. 01752 822 236 www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk www.facebook.com/mtedgcumbe

DISCOVER THE STORY OF THE MAYFLOWER PILGRIMS AT THE MAYFLOWER MUSEUM Also home to Plymouth Tourist Information Centre, here to help you make the most of your visit to Plymouth The Mayflower Museum 3-5 The Barbican • Plymouth PL1 2LR • Tel 01752 306330


OUT & ABOUT

Stretch your legs With so much incredible scenery on the doorstep, Plymouth has no end of opportunities to stretch your legs, whether for a relaxed amble or a brisk walk along the coast path, both before a good pub lunch, naturally!

plymouth Trails

With 2020 marking the 400th year since the sailing of the Mayflower, the trails will guide you around Plymouth’s historic Barbican and give a glimpse of the city in 1620, stopping at historic properties and streets. Follow the trail totems from the Mayflower Steps or book on a guided tour. For the full experience, download the interactive Plymouth Trails app (available early 2020) and choose from three core self-guided trails around the city. The Plymouth Trails app is available to download for free on both Apple and Android devices.

South West Coast Path

Nine miles of scenic South West Coast Path wind across Plymouth, from Stonehouse to Jennycliff in Plymstock. The Waterfront Walkway follows this route and has a number of shorter walks that allow you to explore the city’s historic roots and enjoy incredible views.

Drake’s Trail

This 21-mile cycling and walking route links Plymouth with market town Tavistock. Along the route you’ll find iconic features including Gem Bridge, which sits 24m above the valley floor and has incredible views over the surrounding countryside.

Seasonal trails

Check the Visit Plymouth website for the latest information about seasonal trails, which offer something fun to keep the children entertained along with the chance to win brilliant prizes. Find more information about Plymouth’s walking and cycling routes at visitplymouth.co.uk or visit the Tourist Information Centre on the Barbican.

Plym Valley Trail

This trail runs through National Trust managed Plymbridge Woods, which is a great place to head for a gentle walk or cycle. This is a good place for spotting wildlife too – make sure you keep an eye out for the peregrine falcons which nest there.

Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk

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Enjoy live music & nightlife gigs, concerts Bands,

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Is there anything better than enjoying great live music or a night out with friends? Britain’s Ocean City comes alive after dark with a buzzing nightlife scene, so there’s still lots to enjoy once the sun has set.

Plymouth Pavilions

See top selling artists at Plymouth’s purpose built arena. With regular touring shows and a range of gigs throughout the year you can enjoy everything from musical concerts to stand-up comedy, tribute acts and dancing spectaculars from the Strictly Come Dancing professionals. plymouthpavilions.com

B-Bar

Located in the historic Barbican, the B-Bar is based within the Barbican Theatre building, serving up freshly-cooked, authentic Thai Food, great live music and spoken word performances with a fabulous atmosphere. Open 12pm until late every day, with food served until 9pm. b-bar.co.uk

The Barbican and Sutton Harbour

Plymouth’s Barbican and Sutton Harbour is home to a huge range of pubs, clubs and bars. It’s the perfect place to while away a summer evening, or put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a big night out! As the sun goes down, you’ll find live music, delicious cocktails and pints a plenty.

City Centre

If it’s a night on the tiles you’re after then head to the city centre to dance the night away. Here you’ll find clubbers’ favourites including Popworld, Revolution, Walkabout and Fever & Boutique.

The Terrace Café

The Terrace Café and Bar is the place to be if you’d like to enjoy sunshine with glorious views of Plymouth Sound. Nestled on the Hoe Foreshore, the Terrace offers a range of music events throughout the year, from acoustic music to bands and DJ’s. With an all-weather gazebo you can enjoy the sights and the sounds no matter what the weather. Check out their line-up of events on Facebook facebook.com/theterracecafeandbar

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2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, which saw the passengers and crew sail to America seeking a new life and opportunities. Plymouth was the Mayflower’s final departure point in the UK, and as the lead city for the commemorative year, has an incredible line up of activities, events and experiencesfor you to discover.

The Mayflower voyage is one of the most influential journeys in global history and a defining moment in the shared history of Britain, the US, the Netherlands and the Wampanoag – more than 30 million people can trace their ancestry back to the passengers and crew on board.

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What’s happening? Here are the unmissable highlights!

Illuminate

Light-based festival, Illuminate, kicks off the programme in 2019 and will close the commemorations in November 2020. You can enjoy beautiful projections, light installations, live performances and interactive opportunities, there will be something for everyone to enjoy as the waterfront is lit up.

This Land

Theatre Royal Plymouth are creating an innovative international piece of theatre entitled This Land to mark the historic anniversary of the Mayflower’s journey and its impact upon arrival in America. Working with 120 citizens from Plymouth, UK and 30 members of the Wampanoag Tribe from Massachusetts, US, This Land will be the first ever international, community production produced by the Theatre Royal Plymouth and performed on The Lyric stage.

MAYFLOWER OCEAN FESTIVAL

Hoist the main sail from 4 to 10 May 2020, with a week of ocean activity. Watch the start of the OSTAR and TWOSTAR yacht races or enjoy family fun at Pirates Weekend Plymouth, the shanty festival and at a range of other exciting events.

Mayflower Week

Marking the anniversary of the date the Mayflower sailed on 16 September, the Mayflower Week will bring a programme of spectacular events to the city’s waterfront in September 2020: Mayflower Ceremony, 16 September: This four-nation civic ceremony will see a 1,000 person choir perform a brand new piece of bespoke music which tells the story of the Mayflower in an entirely new way, along with representatives from the UK, US, Netherlands and Wampanoag. The Royal Marines Rehabilitation Triathlon, 17 September: Traditionally held in Lympstone but transferred to Plymouth for this extra special year, injured serving and former tri-service men and women will compete with a swim at Tinside, cycle ride and static row on Plymouth Hoe promenade. Mayflower Muster, 19 to 20 September: Expect an exciting two-day festival celebrating our military heritage in partnership with the UK, US and Dutch Armed Forces, including live displays, interactive demonstrations and a host of fun activities for families.

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not so far away

Explore further afield Britain’s Ocean City is the perfect base to explore the breath-taking beauty of the south west. With the rugged expanse of Dartmoor National Park to the north, the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the east and Cornwall, with all its charms, just a short trip west, there’s endless natural beauty to discover.

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Dartmoor National Park

Bigbury-on-Sea

The same size as London, but with more sheep than people, there’s so much to see here. Look out for Dartmoor ponies and climb a tor to be rewarded with views of heather-covered moorland that seems to go on forever.

You’ll find this popular sandy beach around an hour’s drive from Plymouth. There’s rockpools to explore, a beach shop and café and at low tide you can stroll across to Burgh Island – which was once the favourite haunt of (and a source of inspiration to) author Agatha Christie.

Buckland Abbey

Wembury

The former home of one of Plymouth’s most famous faces, Sir Francis Drake, is now National Trust owned. Discover meadows, orchards and woodlands or explore the Abbey and the magnificent Great Barn.

Kingsand and Cawsand Once a haven for smugglers, these quaint twin Cornish villages are well worth the half hour boat trip from the Barbican. You’ll find secluded beaches, delightful walks and a warm welcome in the pubs and cafes.

Visit this beautiful beach, owned by the National Trust, which is just as lovely to explore on a misty winter’s day as it is in the summer heat. It’s also great for rock pooling with the Wembury Marine Centre running regular Rockpool Rambles and other marine themed events.

Bovisand

A sheltered bay of yellow sand with cliffs either side, this popular beach has a large expanse of flat sand when the tide is out, making it perfect for family games or relaxed sunbathing.

Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk/explore

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To see all the accommodation on offer, visit visitplymouth.co.uk/accommodation

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Getting around Plymouth

Plymouth is a city that’s easy to navigate once you’re here, whether you’re travelling by car, on foot or using our award-winning public transport network.

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Waterlinks

The yellow water taxi from Mount Batten is a direct route straight into the Barbican. If you are travelling from Cornwall, the Cremyll Ferry is quick and direct into Stonehouse.

Bus

Stagecoach operates three Park & Ride services in the city, saving you the hassle of parking. These are based at Coypool, Milehouse and The George and run up to every 10 minutes, Monday to Saturday. Adult fares start from £1.70 single.

Skipper Ticket

More info: plymouth.gov.uk/parkingandtravel/ publictransport/ferries Plymouth Boat Trips run a number of ferry services: between the Barbican, Royal William Yard and Mount Edgcumbe; between the Barbican and Cawsand in Cornwall; and the Cremyll ferry. Seasonal timetables do apply, please check before you travel.

The Skipper ticket gives you the freedom to catch any bus, anywhere, any time! Hop on and off any bus operator’s service for the whole day. Valid throughout the whole of Plymouth and in surrounding areas including Torpoint, Saltash, Roborough, Langage, Ivybridge and Wembury.

More info: plymouthboattrips.co.uk/ferries/

Find out about all Plymouth’s bus services: plymouth.gov.uk/parkingandtravel/ publictransport

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Car

There are more than 20 car parks in and around Plymouth city centre and the Barbican, providing thousands of parking spaces for visitors.

Bike

Explore the city by bike! Plymouth lies on several National Cycle Network routes, including the Devon Coast to Coast ride. Bicycles are available to hire from Rockets & Rascals on the Barbican or Plymouth Bike Hire at Coypool Park & Ride. You can also hire premium scooter bikes from iScootbike. More info: visitplymouth.co.uk/ visitor-information/bike-hire 63


How to get to Plymouth IT'S SO EASY As a fantastic base for exploring Devon, Cornwall and the wider West Country, Plymouth is accessible by sea, air and land – whether you’re travelling by train, coach, car or bike!

Road

Coach

From Cornwall, take either the A38 over the Tamar Bridge or the A374 via the Torpoint ferry – both have a one-way toll payable.

National Express coach services stop in Plymouth city centre. Coaches from London Victoria take around five hours. Megabus coaches also stop in the city, offering a budget travel alternative. nationalexpress.com megabus.com

Most driving routes will bring you via the M5, which leads onto the A38, taking you directly to Plymouth. Drive time from London is around four hours, or around two and a half hours from Cardiff.

Rail

Travelling by rail is an easy way to get to Plymouth, and the city is well-connected to other major cities in the UK. Trains from London Paddington can take as little as three hours, and trains from Birmingham New Street just three and a half. nationalrail.co.uk GWR runs regular services from London Paddington to Plymouth, see timetables and fares at gwr.com

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For passengers travelling within the South West, the Stagecoach Falcon service connects Plymouth with Exeter, Taunton, Bristol and Bristol Airport. swfalcon.com


TRAVEL

Air

Plymouth is only 50 minutes from Exeter airport, 1 hour 15 minutes from Newquay Cornwall airport and 2 hours from Bristol airport. All three offer domestic and international flights.

Ferry

The ferry port provides direct links to Roscoff, France and Santander, Spain. brittany-ferries.com

Walking

Plymouth is on the South West Coast Path, so why not make a stop-off and explore the city as part of your hike. southwestcoastpath.org.uk

Bike

You can cycle to Plymouth on a number of National Cycle Routes. sustrans.org.uk

Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk

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DON´T TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT ns LOCAL recommendatio INGS TO SEE & DO TOP TH One of my favourite things to do on a weekend in Plymouth, is head down to Elvira's Cafe and have a big old English breakfast and then get on the Cremyll Ferry and have a beautiful day sightseeing! Tom Daley World Champion diver from Plymouth

ARDENS & GREEN SPACES PARKS, G We love spending time in Central Park. It’s a beautiful green, dog friendly space in our city with amazing views out towards Plymouth Sound, across to Jennycliff and over to Mount Edgcumbe. It’s a wonderful place to visit all year round. Claire Doyle Founder of Doggy Devon doggydevon.co.uk

I love photography in my spare time and Plymouth is full of interesting places. One of my favourite views is looking back across the city from Mount Batten pier. The vista is stunning and also gives a great perspective on all the maritime activity. Gordon Sparks Breakfast Show presenter at BBC Radio Devon

YOUR LEGS STRETCH My favourite walk is along the coastal path at Wembury. The scenery is stunning, and it is a place where you can really see the seasons change. It is a wonderful place to switch off and enjoy what’s around you. But take wellies in the winter! Chris Tanner Chef and Co-Owner of Plymouth brasserie, Barbican Kitchen

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