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Visitor Guide 2017


ROBINS & MOORE GOLDSMITHS 131 Cornwall Street & Avenue 3 City Market Plymouth 2

Tel: 01752 229319

Welcome to Britain's Ocean City You’ll find us easy-going and hospitable hosts here in Britain’s Ocean City. After all, we’ve had plenty of experience. Few cities can rival Plymouth's rich seafaring heritage, its stunning waterfront and natural harbour, its vibrant cultural life and its close proximity to some of the most beautiful countryside in the UK. For a thousand years and more our spectacular waterfront has been a port of call or point of departure for adventurers, emigrants, merchant traders, soldiers and sailors… And all have left their mark on the rich mosaic that is Plymouth today. Yet while it’s steeped in seafaring history, it is also a lively contemporary city with vibrant arts, event and food scenes, masses of cultural and family attractions, and a series of shopping districts brimful with both big brands and small independent shops. We’re proud of this place and eager to show you around because, frankly, we have more than our fair share of great things to share. It’s a city for all seasons with something for everyone. In short there's nowhere quite like it. That's why Plymouth is Britain's Ocean City. The following pages offer just a glimpse, a flavour, of what Plymouth has to offer…



About Plymouth ............................................................................................. 4 - 5 Family attractions .......................................................................................... 6 - 7 Heritage attractions ....................................................................................... 10 - 11 Parks, gardens and idyllic green spaces ...................................................... 12 - 13 Shopping ........................................................................................................ 14 - 15 Arts and culture .............................................................................................. 20 - 21 So much to see .............................................................................................. 24 - 26 We love events............................................................................................... 30 - 31 Must see events ............................................................................................. 32 MTV Crashes Plymouth ................................................................................ 34 - 35 Sport and leisure ............................................................................................ 36 - 37 A breath of fresh air ........................................................................................ 38 - 39 Step ashore .................................................................................................... 40 - 41 Food and drink ............................................................................................... 42 - 43 Surrounded by natural beauty ....................................................................... 48 - 49 Stay a while ................................................................................................... 51 - 53 How to get here ............................................................................................. 58 - 59 Getting around Plymouth .............................................................................. 60 - 61 City map ........................................................................................................ 64 - 65 Credits: Copywriter: Martin Jackson Design & Artwork: Sigma Marketing & Advertising Ltd


The Barbican


About Plymouth Plymouth owes its existence to the ocean, so that’s probably the best place to start in understanding and appreciating it. Follow Sir Francis Drake’s footsteps onto Plymouth Hoe, and gaze out over the magnificent Plymouth Sound – among the world’s finest natural harbours. Wander the waterfront and breathe the salty tang of the sea air – the scent of our city. Watch fishermen landing their glistening catch at the country’s second largest fish market – and even experience the excitement of hooking your own on one of our fishing boats, and the pleasure of preparing and eating it. Cruise around the warships and submarines berthed in Devonport, the biggest Naval base in Western Europe or dive into our shoreline saltwater swimming pool. They’re all part of what makes Plymouth our ‘Ocean City’. The city’s early prosperity was built on maritime trade and Naval defence. That legacy lives on in former tall ship docks transformed into first-class yacht marinas,

Sutton Harbour

and the Georgian-era Royal William Yard, re-imagined as a nationally-acclaimed cultural and culinary centre. The heart of the city’s heritage lies in Sutton Harbour and the Barbican, where Plymouth’s history is written in stone; ancient granite quays and Tudor brick. You can even feel that heritage through the soles of your shoes as you stroll the narrow cobbled streets, now buzzing with boutique shops, galleries, restaurants, cafés and bars.

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One of Plymouth’s principal attractions is that the great variety of a city comes packaged with the intimacy of a town. From there, just a ten-minute stroll forward through the centuries carries you to the wide boulevards and modern urban malls of the city centre, which was completely remodelled following the Blitz.


Family attractions Fair weather or‌.not quite so fair(!)‌ Plymouth is packed with family attractions, inside and out. The National Marine Aquarium in Sutton Harbour is the largest in the UK with the most shark and ray species in the UK - and rather less fearsome-looking clown fish and pufferfish - among the resident attractions.



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Take to the water yourselves with a boat trip from the Barbican wharves across the beautiful Devon and Cornish coasts. If you are feeling active, the Plymouth Ski Slope and Snowboard Centre offers sessions for all abilities – and for a bigger thrill, try the 650 metre toboggan run. Perhaps drop into the Super Tramp indoor trampoline park – the South West’s premier trampoline park!

Dartmoor Zoo

Or visit Dartmoor Zoo – just 15 minutes from the city – the inspiration for the best-selling book and subsequent Hollywood film, starring Matt Damon, ‘We Bought a Zoo’. Meet lions, wolves, otters, meerkat and deer or visit the Monkey Sanctuary in Looe, home to 36 individuals; each with their distinct character and personality.



Heritage attractions The Barbican alone boasts more than 200 listed buildings; turn any corner or explore any cobbled lane and you’ll be faced with a Tudor or Jacobean gem, such as the facades of Merchant’s House on St Andrews Street and Elizabethan House on New Street. Another of those jewels in the city’s crown – or perhaps the olive in its Martini – is the world-famous Plymouth Gin Distillery on Southside Street, a former Black Friar monastery dating back to the 1400s. Take a tour, see how it’s made – and taste the tipple.



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The Barbican

The nearby Mayflower Steps commemorate the Pilgrim Fathers’ departure in 1620 for a new life in the New World; some 50 years later the imposing Royal Citadel fortress was established on The Hoe and was later joined by the city’s iconic landmark, Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse, rebuilt here in 1882. Climb to the top and on a clear day you can still see the original base of

Royal Citadel

the building, standing on the notorious Eddystone Reef 14 miles offshore. Around the Sound, the Royal William Yard complex, constructed in the early 1800s, is the largest collection of Grade I Listed naval buildings in the UK and full of enticing restaurants showcasing the very best local cuisine.




Parks, gardens and idyllic green spaces If the Barbican is the bustling historic heart of the city, Plymouth Hoe is its natural extension. The green-lawned expanse commands breath-taking views of Plymouth Sound, Mount Batten, and the mile-long breakwater built by French prisoners of war in the 1840s. Here, reputedly, Sir Francis Drake refused to allow the inconvenience of the Spanish Armada’s arrival to disrupt his game of bowls. Today, it continues to host some of Plymouth’s biggest events.

Mount Edgcumbe

The Hoe is just one of a chain of green spaces occupying more than a third of the city’s area; public parks including Freedom Fields, Millbay Park and Devil’s Point, and eight nature reserves. These are linked by a city nature trail (of which more later). On the city outskirts the 500-acre Saltram estate owned by the National Trust, set around a magnificent Georgian mansion and plantsman’s gardens, offers beautiful estuary and woodland walks overlooking the River Plym. Even the centre of the Barbican has an oasis of peace and tranquillity – for a few moments of unexpected calm, step into the delightful little Elizabethan Garden, tucked away in a quiet courtyard off New Street created within the ruins of tiny former cottages.

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Shopping The shopping opportunities in Plymouth should quicken the pulse of even the most jaded consumer; with ‘something for everyone’. The city centre, with its mix of large department stores, high street staples and boutique shops, is a spacious pedestrianised precinct, easy to access and navigate. With free outdoor WiFi across the city centre, Plymouth Hoe and the Barbican, makes it even easier to get information, find out more about the city and to share experiences online. The West End offers a mix of small retailers, cafés and galleries, and the 150-stall indoor Plymouth City Market where goldsmiths rub shoulders with produce growers and specialist delis.

To the east is Drake Circus, with all you would hope for or expect from a modern undercover mall experience – easy parking, more than 60 shops including top brands and a food court to refuel. The Elizabethan streets of the Barbican, by contrast, offer a quirky treasure trove of artisan makers, arts and crafts, prints, paintings and sculpture. And the area is catnip for curio-hunters, rummaging through the back-alley antique shops. All in all, we think that ‘something for everyone’ claim is pretty well justified.



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Arts and culture Plymouth is the West Country’s cultural and entertainment capital with a dazzling yearround variety of performance, music and art venues, festivals and events. Headline acts amongst these include the Theatre Royal Plymouth, the UK’s largest regional producing theatre, featuring a diverse programme of stage shows in its two auditoria. The Barbican Theatre offers drama and contemporary dance in an intimate setting, while Plymouth Pavilions presents an exciting mix of top comedy and music performers.

Plymouth University’s Peninsula Arts curates an eclectic range of contemporary art and culture, with a cutting edge theatre and dance programme in The House. You can also catch the latest independent cinema and art exhibitions at Plymouth Arts Centre, on the Barbican. Celebrated artists associated with Plymouth include George Passmore (half of the collaborative duo Gilbert and George), Beryl Cook, Robert Lenkiewicz and Royal Academy founder Sir Joshua Reynolds.

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Today, the art scene is as dynamic as ever, supported by renowned independent galleries and represented by the many artists and craftspeople working in the Barbican and at Ocean Studios in Royal William Yard.

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Stunning views of Plymouth Devonport Guildhall and Column Soaring 124ft above street level and visible for miles around, Devonport Column is a prominent feature on Plymouth’s skyline and offers unrivalled views across the city. Climb the 137 spiral steps to the viewing gallery and enjoy stunning vistas of the city, the River Tamar, the waterfront and beyond. Back on ground level, explore John Foulston’s regency architecture in the Greek-inspired Devonport Guildhall or grab a bite to eat at award-winning artisan bakery, Column Bakehouse.

Devonport Guildhall, Ker St, Plymouth PL1 4EL



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So much to see So many choices, so little time! Here are a few more insider’s tips on making the most of the city, by day and night: • Visit the Mayflower Museum and explore the story of the voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers to the New World. • Take a water taxi ride across Plymouth Sound to Royal William Yard, for stunning views of the city from the sea or to Cawsand Bay and walk back along the stunning scenery of the South West Coast Path.


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• Tour Sutton Harbour Fish Market, then head out and catch and cook your own with the F.I.S.H. (Fish In Sutton Harbour) experience trail package. • Families with younger children will love the Treasure Island Pirate-themed Park on West Hoe, or go bouncing at Super Tramp. • Get your skates on and take to the ice all year round at the Plymouth Pavilions’ indoor Ice Rink.

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So much to see • If your trip coincides with its monthly opening days, visit Crownhill Fort, the best preserved of Plymouth’s Victorian Defences or book a guided tour of the Royal Citadel with its impressive fortified walls, and stunning views across Plymouth Sound. • For a unique experience, treat yourself to ‘Tea at the Top’, in the iconic tower of The Duke of Cornwall Hotel enjoy the exclusivity of a luxurious afternoon tea served to you by your own private butler.

Crownhill Fort

• Climb the spiral staircase of the Devonport Column soaring 124ft above street level, magnificent views looking back across the city towards Dartmoor or out to sea. • Enjoy brunch at Rock Salt or Salumi, both recently featured in Harden's Best UK Restaurants 2017. • If cocktails are your thing, visit The Dome, perched on Plymouth Hoe and enjoy your cocktail whilst taking in the breath-taking views across Plymouth Sound. Take a stroll across the Hoe to view the many historic memorials and points of interest. • Dine celebrity chef-style at Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s River Cottage Canteen, Mitch Tonk’s Rockfish Plymouth, Chris and James Tanner’s Barbican Kitchen. Or try the newly opened Marco Pierre White's Steakhouse in the Holiday Inn. All offering delicious food and a warm welcome.


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Visit Mount Edgcumbe 865 acres of Grade I listed Country Park & Gardens, open 365 days a year.

Mount Edgcumbe House and Earl’s Garden

With a Grade 1 listed landscape, formal gardens, Tudor House, shops, crafts, café’s, adventure activities, weddings, receptions, holiday accommodation, and conference facilities, there’s something for everyone whatever the weather. The Park is free and open from 8am to dusk. The House is open seasonally - check our website for details. Cremyll, Torpoint, Cornwall PL10 1HZ Tel. 01752 for more events822 236

Smeaton’s Tower

Visit our landmark lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe

Climb the 93 steps to the top for great views from the Lantern Room For full details of opening times and dates visit our website at


Armed Forces Day

We love events We love to throw a party. We like to bring together as many people as possible to enjoy themselves. And we love a theme, be it musical, culinary, cinematic…or pyrotechnic. Plymouth is an event capital for the region. From outdoor big screen presentations in the city centre Piazza, to makers’ markets in Royal William Yard, to seafood festivals in the Barbican and Sutton Harbour – it’s an eclectic mix, city-wide, winter and summer. But when it comes to the possibilities offered by the Hoe’s wide-open spaces, we get really ambitious.


Royal William Yard

Lord Mayor's Day

Over the past three years MTV Crashes Plymouth has brought top chart and international acts to the city‌ and 2017 promises to be even bigger and better. In August, the annual British Firework Championships provides an explosive

British Firework


climax to the summer holiday programme - literally. A spectacular two-night extravaganza of dazzling colour and incendiary creativity lights the sky above the Sound, attracting tens of thousands to the Hoe and other waterfront vantage points.


Must see events Plan your visit: April

Britain's Ocean City Half Marathon


Plymouth Pirate Weekend Lord Mayor's Day Chichester 50th

Pirate Weekend


Flavour Fest Armed Forces Day


MTV Crashes Plymouth


Rolex Fastnet British Firework Championships Ocean City Blues 'N' Jazz

Plymouth Seafood



Plymouth Seafood Festival


Britain's Ocean City 10k


Christmas City Centre Switch-On Christmas Barbican Switch-On Illuminate

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Christmas Market

2017 will also see a very special display on the Hoe - part of the iconic ceramic poppy installation first exhibited as part of the 'Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red' art installation at the Tower of London in 2014 to commemorate the fallen in the Great War. The breathtaking wave will adorn the Grade I Listed Naval Memorial from 23 August to 19 November. Wave is a sweeping arch of bright red poppy heads suspended on towering stalks, created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. It’s something of a homecoming, as the Theatre Royal Plymouth made the framework for the original sculpture. 32


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Sailing on Plymouth Sound


Sport and leisure Maybe it’s something to do with the ocean location, but Plymouth does produce some outstanding aquatics athletes: most notably, the swimmer Sharron Davies and the diver Tom Daley.

Meanwhile, for the adventurous, the Mount Batten Water Sports and Activities Centre offers courses in kayaking, coasteering, climbing, stand up paddleboarding, powerboating and dinghy sailing.

We can’t all reach those heights (or somersault from them), but there are many ways to simply enjoy being in, on or under the water here.

Offshore, divers flock to explore wrecks and reefs – as do anglers keen to get among the conger, pollack and bass they hold. The cruising waters of the Sound and the rivers Plym, Tamar and Yealm are, understandably, also a huge draw for sailors – particularly as Plymouth has such fine berthing facilities.


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Swim outdoors in style at the beautifully renovated Art Deco seawater Tinside Lido on the Hoe foreshore, or the free family Mount Wise pools; the less hardy might prefer the superb indoor swimming and diving facilities at the Plymouth Life Centre, where Tom Daley and Tonia Couch had trained.

*Photo by Paul Gibbins

Tinside Lido


Whitsand Bay


A breath of fresh air A range of city trails invite visitors to stretch their legs…or walk off the night before! Nearly nine scenic miles of the South West Coast Path wind across Plymouth from Admiral’s Hard in Stonehouse to Jennycliff in Plymstock. The Waterfront Walkway is studded with entertaining art inventively relating the city’s past. It is mainly on pavement and much is suitable for wheelchair users and pushchairs, so it’s a great family walk. Much shorter, the mile-long circular Sutton Harbour Heritage Trail offers an intriguing introduction to the area’s heritage; a similar (although longer, at four miles) trail links the historic and cultural points around Devonport.

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Elsewhere, the two-mile City Centre Nature Trail unveils the flora and fauna flourishing in Plymouth’s green spaces and nature reserves. Offering a taste of the countryside beyond the city, the 10-mile but easy-going Plym Valley Trail follows the route of an old Great Western Railway track. It leads walkers and cyclists through glorious oak woodland, past dramatic industrial relics and out into the open landscape, giving great views from a series of viaducts.

Plym Valley Trail

Explore the stunning Devon and Cornwall coasts, with their sandy beaches and rugged cliffs. Find more information about Plymouth's walking and cycling routes at or visit the Tourist Information Centre on the Barbican.

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* Photo by Mike Kinsey

Step ashore Plymouth has the second highest number of Gold Anchor marinas in the UK – with visitor moorings and berths just minutes from the city’s attractions and entertainment. As you’d expect in a seafaring city, there are also excellent local chandlery, engineering, marine maintenance and support services and facilities available. If you are planning a visit by sea contact one of our marinas directly:


King Point Marin

Queen Anne’s Battery

Mayflower Marina

A short walk to the Barbican, 15 mins. to the city centre. Visitor moorings and landing slipway. Tel: 01752 671142

A short walk to Royal William Yard. Visitor berths available. Tel: 01752 556633

Sutton Harbour Marina In the heart of the action! Tel: 01752 204702 (out of hours: 01752 204732)

King Point Marina 15 mins. walk to the city centre. Tel: 01752 424297

Plymouth Yacht Haven Marina

Royal William Yard A short bus ride into the city centre. A small number of visitor berths available. Tel: 01752 659252/ 07979 152008

Public Slipways Offering free access for launching/landing small boats.

Commercial Wharf Slipway

Mount Batten ferry from Peninsula to the Barbican. Tel: 01752 404231

(Mayflower Sailing Club and Barbican Landing Stage) 15 mins. walk to city centre.

Millbay Docks

Mutton Cove Slipway

Tel: 01752 662191/ 07525 735892

Bus ride to city centre.

Richmond Walk Slipway (Behind Mayflower Marina) Bus ride to city centre.


Food and drink Something for all tastes It is no surprise that Plymouth’s restaurant, café and bar scene is so varied and vibrant, given the terrific natural larder on the doorstep. The South West has some of the finest food and drink producers in the country, and while the catch landed daily at the fish market in Sutton Harbour helps supply the nation – we ensure some of the best stays here!


Plymouth Gin

The Dome Bistro & Cocktail Bar

The city has a long unbroken history of providing good fare. Black Friars is Britain’s oldest working distillery and Jacka Bakery, also on the Barbican, is reputed to be the oldest commercially working bakery in Britain (it reputedly baked biscuits for the Pilgrim Fathers!). Now, Plymouth’s gourmet offer encompasses a spectrum of styles and cuisines from around the globe. Whether your taste is award-winning fine dining, waterside restaurant, pavement café, snug bistro or family food, wherever you are in the city it’s close by. Round up the evening in any one of a host of welcoming pubs, or a lounge bar for a cocktail… and did we mention our signature Plymouth Gin?


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Great value, provincial French cooking served in our relaxed and friendly bistrot Open daily for lunch, dinner and serving breakfast at weekends New Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP

01752 262 318

The Boathouse Cafe Situated on the Mayflower Steps, overlooking the water where the boats depart, enjoy a drink or a bite to eat from our menu of locally sourced produce and the freshest fish caught by our own day boats. Open daytime and evenings.

Tel: 01752 600560 2-5 Commercial Wharf, Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2NX

Enjoy great food and drink at the best placed restaurant in Plymouth! Located at the centre of Plymouth’s waterfront with stunning views over the Sound and beyond,The Dome restaurant is a great venue for any occasion. Why not treat yourself to a delicious lunch, dinner or afternoon tea from our impressive menu or join us for cocktails in our iconic circular bar. Family friendly, there’s always a warm welcome waiting for you at The Dome!

Call us for more details on 01752 266600


Discover Column Bakehouse...

Plymouth’s award-winning social enterprise bakery Specialising in sourdough and artisan breads, we believe that great quality wholesome bread is something to be enjoyed every day, by everyone. Produced using fresh, locally sourced ingredients wherever possible, our award-winning breads are baked inhouse, with absolutely no nasties. Pop in and pick up a freshly baked loaf, stay a little longer and enjoy a tasty, wholesome lunch, or a Devon Coffee and a piece of cake.

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Tuesday-Saturday 9am-4pm Devonport Guildhall, Ker St, Plymouth PL1 4EL columnbakehouse


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A range of luxury, 4 star, gold award Heritage Apartments located in the wing of our Historical Georgian House. Situated in an idyllic peaceful valley along the SW coastal path. • A perfect location for walkers and nature lovers • Indoor heated pool • Spectacular Views • Sorry no pets

Mid week promotions call 01752 403554 for details Feast on fresh, local produce at River Cottage Canteen & Deli Royal William Yard, PL1 3QQ

Bovisand, Nr Plymouth, Devon, PL9 0AA

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Surrounded by natural beauty Much as we welcome you here and are sure you can enjoyably fill your days, if you’ve time we’d also advise a visit to some of our favourite places close by. Actually, we’re totally spoilt for choice - the coastline either side of the city is peppered with wonderful beaches and coves, and Plymouth is uniquely placed as a gateway to explore both Cornwall and Devon. Head west, and on the Cornish side of the Tamar there’s the formal grandeur of the magnificent Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park, first built in the 1500s, overlooking Plymouth Sound. Beyond lies

the old smuggling haunt of Cawsand and Kingsand, the rolling farmland of the Rame Peninsula, and on...into Poldark country! In Devon, we would particularly recommend Dartmoor, one of Britain’s finest National Parks. It’s just a few short miles from Plymouth’s busy centre, yet the contrast could not be starker; a wildly romantic landscape of heather-covered moorland, ponies, prehistoric standing stones, granite tors, clapper bridges and picturesque villages. It’s Southern England’s largest remaining wilderness, yet very accessible on foot or bike.



Set in the heart of Britain’s Ocean City, the Duke of Cornwall is a stunning period hotel brimming with character and style.

The hotel’s 72 rooms are all individually designed with thoughtfully-selected designer wallpapers and vintage furniture, creating a chic look that does justice to the building’s striking architecture. With a range of bedroom sizes and styles available, from comfortable en-suites to indulgently romantic four-poster rooms, there’s accommodation to suit everyone.

restaurant. With an AA rosette and a dynamic team of chefs, its dishes look and taste sensational. Light lunches and a generous choice of drinks are available in the lounge, with its welcoming bar and, in the colder months, a homely log fire. As well as the merits that await guests within, the Duke also offers a fantastically convenient location in the centre of Plymouth. The hotel is a short walk from the city’s abundance of shops, restaurants and bars, as well as the historic Plymouth Hoe, Sutton Harbour and The Barbican, with their spectacular sea views. And it’s a mere stone’s throw from two of the South West’s finest entertainment venues, the Theatre Royal and Plymouth Pavilions – making the hotel the ideal overnight stop-off or meeting place if you’re catching a show.

The Duke’s luxury extends to its impressive culinary offerings. Fine dining is available (for guests and non-guests alike) in the comfort of the hotel’s elegant

With its fascinating history, friendly but professional service, and breathtaking style, the Duke is truly a gem in Britain’s Ocean City.

Built as Plymouth’s first luxury hotel in 1863, the Duke has been lovingly preserved and enhanced so that its unique Victorian Gothic splendour can still be enjoyed by guests today.

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Stay a while Plymouth has a terrific variety of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, whether you are looking for a bed for the night or a base for the week. For a city, it offers a particularly wide choice as, depending on requirement or desire, you can either stay central for the bright lights – or opt for the immediately accessible and quieter countryside close by.


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In town, there are a superb selection of charming B&Bs, guest houses and boutique hotels around picturesque Plymouth Hoe and within the historic core of the Barbican and Sutton Harbour, and both luxury and economy hotels in the city centre. Out of town, enjoy stunning castles, country houses or period hotels. Perhaps relax and indulge yourself with a little spa ‘me time’, take in a round of golf or try a new watersport as part of a package.

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And if you’d prefer to be looking after yourself, the options run from serviced apartments, holiday lets and Airbnb places to a great range of caravan and campsites in idyllic beach or countryside locations. Your choice…. Boringdon Hall


For further information or to make a booking go to

Plymouth Accommodation Hotels - Central Copthorne Duke of Cornwall Grosvenor Hotel Holiday Inn Invicta Hotel Jurys Inn New Continental

Tel 01752 224161 Tel 01752 275850 Tel 01752 260411 Tel 01752 639988 Tel 01752 664997 Tel 01752 631000 Tel 01752 220782

Hotels – Surrounding Area Boringdon Hall Tel 01752 344455 Bovey Castle Tel 01647 445000 Elfordleigh Tel 01752 348425 Glazebrook House Tel 01364 73322 Kitley House Tel 01752 881555 Langdon Court Tel 01752 862358 Moorland Garden Tel 01822 852245 China Fleet Country Club Tel 01752 848668

Lodges Style Hotels Premier Inn Premier Inn Premier Inn East

Tel 0871 5278880 Tel 0871 5278882 Tel 0871 5278884

Guest Houses - Central Acorns and Lawns Admiral Macbride Ashgrove Athenaeum Lodge Barbican Reach Belmont Bowling Green Caledonia


Tel 01752 229474 Tel 01752 262054 Tel 01752 664046 Tel 01752 665005 Tel 01752 220021 Tel 01752 261241 Tel 01752 209090 Tel 01752 229052

Caraneal Casa Mia Cassandra Chester House Citadel House Cotehele Villas Crescent House The Crescent The Drake The Edgcumbe The Firs Four Seasons The George The Imperial Island Lodge Jewells Kynance House Lamplighter Lockyer House Mariners Mayflower Moorings Number One Old Pier Poppys Rainbow Lodge Rusty Anchor Sea Breezes Seymour Squires St. Malo Tudor House Westwinds

Tel 01752 663589 Tel 01752 265742 Tel 01752 220715 Tel 01752 663706 Tel 01752 661712 Tel 01752 930973 Tel 01752 266424 Tel 01752 224476 Tel 01752 229730 Tel 01752 660675 Tel 01752 262870 Tel 01752 223591 Tel 01752 661517 Tel 01752 227311 Tel 01752 220716 Tel 01752 254760 Tel 01752 266821 Tel 01752 663855 Tel 01752 665755 Tel 01752 261778 Tel 01752 667496 Tel 01752 250128 Tel 01752 212981 Tel 01752 309797 Tel 01752 670452 Tel 01752 229699 Tel 01752 663924 Tel 01752 667205 Tel 01752 667002 Tel 01752 261459 Tel 01752 262961 Tel 01752 661557 Tel 01752 601777

or contact The Tourist Information Centre 01752 306330 Email:

Other Accommodation Mount Batten Water Sports & Activities Centre

Tel 01752 404567

Guest Houses – Surrounding Area Pentillie Castle Raleigh’s Style

Tel 01579 350044 Tel 01752 492232

Self Catering – Central Hoe Lodge Hoeside Apartments Maritime Living Plymouth Self Catering Apartments Stay at the Royal William Yard Strathmore House

Tel 01752 863702 Tel 01752 823994 Carswell Cottages Tel 01752 664898 Tel 01752 417728 Tel 01752 276797

Self Catering – Surrounding Area Blue Chip Holidays (agency) Bovisand Lodge Estate Carswell Cottages Churchwood Valley Holiday Cottages (agency) The Bolthole Traine Farm

Tel 0333 2204914 Tel 01752 403554 Tel 01752 830020 Tel 01752 862382 Tel 01237 459888 Tel 01822 810285 Tel 01752 862264

Holiday Parks Bovisand Beachside Holiday Park

Tel 01752 403554

Challaborough Bay Holiday Park

Tel 01548 810771

Duke of Cornwall


Strathmore House Apartments’ combine the refined services, facilities and location of a luxury hotel – with the addition of privacy, comfort and generous living spaces; making the perfect fusion to meet all your needs. These elegantly furnished one, two, three and four-bedroom apartment’s provide you with comfort, convenience and spacious accommodation, be it for business or leisure.

The warmest and most professional of welcomes awaits at the New Continental Hotel. Located in the heart of Plymouth it’s the perfect location for business and pleasure. With 99 bedrooms, parking, a range of function rooms and suites we can cater for your exact requirements.

For more information, please call

For more information please call

01752 276798

01752 220 782

Langdon Court 16th Century Manor

HHHH Langdon Court is a stunning 16th Century Manor House hotel nestled in one of the most beautiful locations in the renowned South Hams Countryside. Situated near Plymouth, Langdon Court is within easy walking distance of Wembury Cove and the South West Coastal Path. The house offers a warm and welcoming atmosphere in which to relax and enjoy our superb cuisine and exquisite wines. All of our bedrooms are individually designed and beautifully finished using the finest designer soft furnishings. Your dining experience at Langdon Court - whether you opt for lunch at the Brasserie or the opulent restaurant Tasting Menu - will effortlessly blend tradition with modernity. With a focus on innovative flavours and a commitment to local produce, it’s no wonder that Langdon Court has so frequently been awarded some of the country’s top accolades.

Tel: 01752 862 358

Adams Lane, Down Thomas, Plymouth PL9 0DY


BOVISAND LODGE ESTATE Beachside Holiday Park

A range of luxury, 4 star, gold award mobile holiday homes and Lodges ( on a peaceful, family run beachside holiday park, within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Park has Direct beach access and Stunning Sea views of Cornwall. All our mobile homes have Double glazing and Central Heating throughout and are less than 4 years of age. • Indoor heated pool • Small children play area • Animals to enjoy • Short breaks available.

Mid week and two week promotions call 01752 403554 for details. Bovisand, Nr Plymouth, Devon, PL9 0AA

Sea Breezes thrives on happy guests. We work 24/7 to make sure we exceed your expectations at every turn. Whether you’re with us for business or leisure, you’ll enjoy an accessible location with the benefit of sea views. 28 Grand Parade, Plymouth PL1 3DJ

Tel: 01752 667205

Our 7 peaceful and individual cottages are dotted around our coastal organic dairy farm, just a short walk from the sea and nearby coves & beaches. Very well equipped with log fires, private gardens and BBQs. Tel: 01752 830020

Holbeton, Nr. Plymouth, Devon PL8 1HH

Afternoon Tea Afternoon tea at Boringdon is served in the dramatic surroundings of the quintessentially English Great Hall or intimate but impressive Grenville Suite. Devour delicately handmade cakes, exquisite pastries, scones and other luscious sweet treats alongside elegant bite-sized finger sandwiches whilst sipping speciality Jing Tea.

Spa Gaia Spa is a luxury spa set within the grounds of Boringdon Hall, on the edge of Dartmoor. Drawing inspiration from Gaia – also known as Mother Nature – the spa’s interior and exterior encompass natural materials including wood, stone and glass for natural light in order to bring the outdoors in.

Eat Food and drink is at the epicentre of Boringdon Hall. An insanely delicious experience, dining at the exquisite manor house should not be underestimated. We specialise in intimate, classic, memorable dining, underpinned by discreet and attentive service.

Boringdon Hall, Colebrook, Plymouth, PL7 4DP / 01752 344455


View from Plymouth Hoe *

How to get here Plymouth is accessible by sea, air and land; by train, coach, four wheels, two wheels… even on two feet! And there are plenty of public transport options around the city itself. Once here, you’ll find it’s a superb base for touring the rest of Devon, Cornwall and the wider West Country.




Head south west on the M5 to Exeter, then take the A38 Devon Expressway to Plymouth (about three and a half hours from both London and Birmingham).

Direct services from London Paddington and Birmingham New Street (both three and a half hours), South Wales, the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland.

From Cornwall take either the A38 via the Tamar Bridge or the A374 via the Torpoint Ferry. Both have a one-way toll of £1.50.

Details and booking: or Tel: 08457 48 49 50.

*Photo by Scott Grenney



National Express coaches from London Victoria and Birmingham (four and a half hours).

Plymouth’s international ferry port links the city with Roscoff and Santander plus St Malo in the winter months.

Details and booking: The SW Falcon connects Plymouth with Exeter, Taunton, Bristol Airport and Bristol city centre.

Details and booking: or Tel: 0871 244 0744.



Plymouth lies on several National Cycle Network routes, including the Devon Coast to Coast ride.

We have three international airports located within a two hour driving distance.


Exeter International Airport (45 mins)


Bristol Airport (two hours)

Hike to our city on The South West Coast Path!

Cornwall Airport Newquay (one hour)


Barbican Wharves*

Getting around Plymouth


*Photo from City College Plymouth



CITY CENTRE There are 20 car parks in and around the city centre providing thousands of parking spaces for shoppers. As well as Drake Circus there are the Civic Centre, Colin Campbell Court, Derry’s Cross and the Theatre Royal car parks to name but a few. The car park at Western Approach (near Toys R Us) offers a day’s parking at £5.

PARK AND RIDE Stagecoach operate three park and ride sites in Plymouth; Coypool, The George and Milehouse. Services are every 10 to 12 minutes (can be up to 15 minutes at certain times) Monday to Saturday. Fares are from £1.90 return.

BARBICAN AND SUTTON HARBOUR Park up at the Harbour, Elphinstone or Lambhay Hill car parks for parking close to the waterfront. ROYAL WILLIAM YARD There is limited parking available within the yard. Visitors can park at the Theatre Royal car park and catch the number 34 bus from Royal Parade. Visit: for more information.

WATERLINKS The yellow water taxi from Mount Batten is a direct route straight into Sutton Harbour at the Barbican Wharves landing stage. Visit: for more information. Take the red ferry from the Barbican Wharves for a glorious view of the Hoe and a trip to the Royal William Yard.

The Park and Ride stops on Royal Parade in the heart of the city centre, just a short walk to The Barbican and Sutton Harbour. Visit: for more information SKIPPER TICKET Any bus, anywhere, anytime! The Skipper bus ticket gives you the freedom to get on and off as many times as you wish, for a whole day! Tickets can be purchased on the bus from any participating operators. Valid throughout the whole of Plymouth, and in surrounding areas Torpoint, Saltash, Roborough, Langage, Ivybridge and Wembury. Visit:

LAND TRAIN Connecting the city centre and waterfront, the land train stops at the The Guildhall on Royal Parade, West Hoe Park and The Mayflower Steps. Visit:

If you are travelling from Cornwall to the Royal William Yard the Cremyll Ferry is quick and direct into Stonehouse. Visit: for more information.

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Add to a adult farenoy concession r ary pass*

Ask the driver for a kid for a quid ticket! *Max 3 kids (aged 16 and under) added to each adult fare or concessionary pass and travel with them at all times. Ticket must be shown each time the bus is boarded. Info correct at Tel: 01752 662 271



fly across the South West

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Bristol Bristol Airport

Taunton Cullompton Exeter Plymouth

(Under 25, over 60s & concessionary passes*)

Information correct as of December 2016. Offer may be withdrawn at any time.




George Park & Ride Near Tavistock Road

Milehouse Park & Ride

Near Outland Road , Home Park & Plymouth Life Centre




Cycle Hire


Places of Interest


Royal William Yard

City Centre Shopping

RN War Memorial

The Barbican & Sutton Harbour

University Campus


Smeaton’s Tower

Cycle Hire Parks & Recreational Areas

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Mayflower Coach Station

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Coypool Park & Ride & Cycle Hire Near Marsh Mills Roundabout

Cycle Hire

Beatle Bums

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Saltram & Plym Valley





POLICE Charles Cross Police Station

WC Public/Disabled Toilets

Coastal Path

Tourist Information

Cycle Route


City Map Points

Free Wi-Fi within the city centre, Plymouth Hoe 65 and Barbican

ATHENAEUM LODGE GUEST HOUSE The Athenaeum Lodge is a family owned Guest House situated in the heart of the city close to Plymouth Hoe, the Barbican and seafront. The Theatre Royal, Pavilions, shops and University are a short walk. Wifi available.

Mid-week special offers available

4 Athenaeum Street, Plymouth, PL1 2RQ Tel: 01752 665005 M: 07966459277 E:

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1 HOUR HARBOUR CRUISES Sailing across the beautiful Devon & Cornish coasts, to where the mighty warships & nuclear submarines await! DAILY: 11:00, 12:30, 14:00 & 15:30

CREMYLL FERRY Daily scheduled service linking Plymouth and Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall.

CAWSAND FERRY Daily crossing from Plymouth to the beautiful beaches and villages of Cawsand & Kingsand.

PRIVATE HIRE & PARTY CRUISES All our boats are available for private hire, we can organise trips to suit all occasions.

FISH ‘N’ TRIPS 3 ½ Hour Mackerel & Deep Sea Boat Fishing Trips. All equipment & safety gear is provided on board. Keep what you catch for supper!

BOOK ONLINE: GENERAL ENQUIRIES: 01752 253153 SALES TEAM: 07971 208 381

Plymouth Visitor Guide 2017  
Plymouth Visitor Guide 2017  

Welcome to the official Plymouth Visitor Guide for 2017.