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Welcome to

Plymouth Britain’s Ocean City

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Half Day Itinerary


Full Day Itinerary




Shop’til you drop


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Mayflower 400 For more than a thousand years Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront has bustled with adventurers, emigrants, merchant traders, soldiers and sailors. The city has marked the departure point for many famous journeys, including the Mayflower in 1620. 2020 marks the 400th anniversary of this historically significant voyage, which saw the Mayflower Pilgrims sail to America seeking a new life and opportunities. This turned out to be 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 nation. More than 30 million people can trace their ancestry back to the passengers and crew on board. Plymouth was the Mayflower’s final departure point in the UK and there’s plenty to see and do to mark the anniversary. The Mayflower 400 commemorative programme will tell a holistic view of the Mayflower story with a cultural events and activity programme running into 2021 with representation and involvement from all four nations. See the Mayflower Steps monument, follow the Mayflower trail around the Barbican (search for ‘Plymouth Trails’ in your preferred app store) or learn more with a trip to the Mayflower Museum or The Box. You can find out more about this historic journey and the commemorations at


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City Centre Half Day Itinerary Take a tour of Plymouth’s city centre, where you will find big name brands, great independents and amazing post-war architecture in the heart of Plymouth.

Shopping Browse big name brands in Drake Circus where you’ll find the likes of M&S, Joules, White Stuff, and more. 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.

City Centre Trail Take a journey through Plymouth city centre to discover how the people of Plymouth rebuilt their city after the Second World War to deliver Abercrombie and Paton-Watson’s Plan for Plymouth. This unique post-war architecture was given planning protection in 2019 as the new city centre conservation area. This 1.9 mile trail takes around one hour. It is relatively flat, and suitable for wheelchairs.

The Minister Church of St. Andrew Although gutted by fire during World War II and refurbished in 1957, the 15th century fabric of St. Andrew’s still retains some of its pre-War features. The great bell tower (“Yogge’s Tower”) and many of its memorials survive intact, the bells having been cast in the 16th century to celebrate Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the Globe (including his landing in California on 17th June 1579). The Tower and Central East Windows both commemorate Lady Astor. A few of the fragmented 17th century inscriptions upon the floor stones surviving in the south-east transept name merchants and others who would have been present in Plymouth at the time of the sailing of “The Mayflower” in 1620.


Waterfront Half Day Itinerary

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

Barbican and Sutton Harbour Start your visit in Plymouth’s historic harbour, where you’ll find the highest concentration of cobbled streets in England, lined with cosy cafes and unique boutiques and art galleries, where you can pick up special souvenirs to remember your trip. See the Mayflower Steps monument which marks the Pilgrims departure in 1620 and visit the Mayflower Museum to learn more about their story.

Plymouth Hoe Walk along the waterfront to enjoy this breath-taking panorama overlooking the natural harbour of Plymouth Sound. Stroll along the promenade to see the war memorials and statues commemorating the city’s key historic figures, from Sir Francis Drake to Lady Nancy Astor. You can also climb the former lighthouse, Smeaton’s Tower, for a 360 degree view of the city and surrounding countryside.

Plymouth Gin Distillery Take a tour of the home of Plymouth Gin, the oldest working gin distillery in England. Steeped in history, it’s believed that the Mayflower Pilgrims stayed in the building before their voyage. Sample Plymouth’s most famous export in the Refectory Bar and pick up a unique gift to take home with you in the shop.

National Marine Aquarium Enjoy the largest public aquarium in the UK and home to over 4,000 animals. Come face to face with sharks, sting rays, jelly fish, Neptune the Octopus and Friday, the green turtle.


Full-day If you’re here for longer than a few hours, you’ll have the opportunity to experience even more of Plymouth.

The Box

Pay a visit to Plymouth’s amazing new museum, gallery and archive. The Box has fantastic galleries and exhibitions including 14 impressively restored ship’s figureheads, beautiful paintings from the city’s art collections and a resident woolly mammoth. Until 18 12

September 2021, the ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ exhibition retells the story of this historically significant journey. From 6 November 2021 until 13 March 2022, experience ‘British Art Show 9’ – the UK’s biggest touring contemporary art exhibition.

Royal William Yard

Visit the Grade 1 listed Royal William Yard, former Royal Naval victualling buildings which now boasts a plethora of cafes, retailers, bars and restaurants. Take a stroll by the sea, climbing the staircase that links the Yard to the South West Coast Path.

itinerary We have created a full day of activity to ensure you experience the best of Plymouth.

Drake’s Island

Be one of the first to set foot on Drake’s Island in 30 years for an exclusive guided tour. Learn about the history of the island, walk the tunnels, see the wildlife and view Plymouth from a whole new perspective.

Mount Edgecumbe House & Country Park Enjoy a VIP tour around the grounds and Grade II listed Mount Edgcumbe House. Mount Edgecumbe House is the formal home of the Earl of Mount Edgecumbe.Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres of country

park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall. With shops, cafés and restaurants it is the destination of choice for visitors to Cornwall and Plymouth alike. 13

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Look out for the ‘Tax-free shopping’ sign in participating shops to claim a tax refund. When shopping, ask the retailer for a VAT 407 form. It’s important to note not all shops will participate in the scheme and some may have a minimum purchase price (often around £75). They may ask for proof you are eligible so bring a passport or national identity card. To get your money back, show the VAT form, the goods and your receipts to customs at the point when you depart. Customs will approve your form if everything is in order. You then take the approved form to get paid.


Shop ‘til you drop

Plymouth offers a fantastic shopping experience, with an amazing mix of top brand names and unique independent shops. There waterfront is a treasure trove of boutiques and art galleries, filled with treats for you, your home and your friends! It’s a great place to browse and find something completely unique. And the flat, pedestrianised avenues of Plymouth city centre are a shopper’s paradise, with popular big brands and luxury names on offer.

Southside Street Enjoy a relaxed browse in the shops and galleries along the main street of the Barbican. Pick up contemporary glass artwork at Glass!!, wander through the arcade of unusual shops in The House That Jack Built, treat yourself to a new accessory from Victoria Steward Contemporary jewellery or pop into Rockpool Trading for unique gifts and souvenirs to take home.

27 New Street In this cluster of old storehouses, tucked away 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 High Street The city centre is the place to be for big brand names, which you’ll find in Drake Circus shopping centre, or big department stores Debenhams and House of Fraser. For luxury apparel, pop into Flannels on Armada Way where you’ll find a brilliant range of designer brands.


Retail Ther Situated in the heart of Plymouth, Drake Circus is the ultimate shopping and leisure experience with more than 70 of the UK’s top brand names and biggest stores in the region all under one roof

Visitors can browse the latest fashions at Marks & Spencer, Primark, Next, Superdry and Topshop and discover great gifts for friends and family at Smiggle, Hotel Chocolat and The Entertainer. For shoe lovers, Footasylum, schuh and Foot Locker offer some of the biggest names in footwear, whilst tech enthusiasts can sample all the latest electronics at the Apple Store and Game. Better still, select retailers within the centre offer tax-free shopping for all Mayflower 400 guests visiting from outside the EU. Whether it’s perfume, fashion, health products or jewellery, shoppers can claim back VAT on purchases they take home with them from retailers including The Perfume Shop, Joules, Ann Summers, River Island, Ernest Jones, Cotswold Outdoor, Fatface, Holland & Barrett and Marks & Spencer. As well as the vast selection of shops, Drake Circus offers plenty of places to eat, drink and stop, with a range of cafes and restaurants including Starbucks, Yo! Sushi and Spudulike. Located adjacent to Drake Circus shopping centre is Drake Circus The Barcode. The new £53m leisure and entertainment destination is a fantastic addition to the area’s already vibrant leisure offering and has become a major visitor attraction in the West Country since it opened last Autumn. At The Barcode, film enthusiasts can experience the latest movie releases at Cineworld’s new IMAX 4DX cinema, which offers a state-of-the-art cinematic experience with high-tech motion seats and special effects such as wind, fog, lightning, scents and water, that make for a truly immersive viewing. Cinema goers can treat themselves to some premium ice cream at Baskin Robbins, as well as rollover hot dogs, ICEE frozen drinks, Starbucks and the usual film snacks, such as popcorn and nachos. 18

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For kids’ parties and fun days out, adventure golf comes to the city centre for the very first time. Paradise Island Adventure Golf, the UK’s leading indoor adventure golf company offers two tropical themed 18-hole adventure courses, each full of exciting features and special effects, designed for mini-golfers of all levels.

rapy at Drake Circus

Visitors to the Barcode will notice a striking piece of artwork on the main staircase at the development. Showcasing Plymouth’s little-known connection to Hollywood, the glass screens on the main staircase feature 12 of Hollywood’s biggest stars including Marilyn Monroe, Richard Gere and Jane Fonda. The design is inspired by the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims who set off from Plymouth to the new world of America in 1620. The descendants of the 102 passengers then went onto become some of the world’s most famous actors, including Clint Eastwood and Sigourney Weaver who also feature on the artwork. The Barcode is now also home to several of the UK’s favourite restaurants, including Zizzi, Five Guys, Nando’s and Cosy Club, where visitors can tuck into a range of cuisines, from Italy’s finest pasta to America’s tastiest burgers. Planning a trip to Drake Circus and The Barcode couldn’t be

easier. Both destinations are just a twenty-minute stroll from Plymouth’s historic waterfront. Drake Circus also offers a FREE high-speed Wi-fi service so passengers can get the latest offers, share shopping snaps and compare product details when disembarking the Mayflower 400. To keep up to date on all the latest events at Drake Circus and Drake Circus The Barcode and for details on opening times, please visit: and

How to Find us

Drake Circus, 1 Charles Street, Plymouth PL4 1EA

The Barcode, 11 Bretonside, Plymouth, PL4 0FE 19


Wine and dine Whether you’re looking for classic British dishes, international flavours or extra special fine dining experiences, Plymouth has a fantastic range of cafes, restaurants and eateries to choose from. Home to the country’s second largest fish market, unsurprisingly Plymouth has an impressive range of seafood restaurants to choose from. Whether you’re looking for delicately prepared sushi or traditional fish and chips, you’ll find it made here with the freshest catch. Situated on the edge of the harbour, indulge in fritto misto, prawn tacos or Jersey Rock oysters at Rockfish which also boasts a local fish menu that changes daily depending on the catch of the day. Another great spot for fresh fish is The Boathouse Cafe which has a special ‘Scallop Shack’ menu, serving locallycaught scallops that are lovingly shucked, prepared and cooked to order by expert chefs. For an elegant dining experience, you’ll find Kuku just a short walk from the Barbican. Here you can enjoy fresh, local ingredients prepared in a contemporary Japanese style, so take a seat at the sushi bar and experience a feast for the senses with dishes as delicious to look at as they are to eat. Try contemporary British cuisine at The Greedy Goose, set in the beautiful surroundings of Plymouth’s oldest building the Prysten House, which dates back to 1487. The restaurant holds two AA rosettes and uses the best regional produce to create modern, modest & flavoursome dishes. In another of the city’s most historic buildings, Plymouth Gin Distillery, you’ll find the Barbican Kitchen which prides itself on its use of the West Country’s brilliant produce to offer a menu filled with classic dishes. For more inspiration on where to eat, go to 21

Where are we located? Our postcode is PL1 2EU and we are a 5 to 10-minute walk from Plymouth Hoe & The Barbican. -w: t: 01752 255579 e: --

Opening Times Monday & Tuesday: 5.30pm-10pm (closed at lunch times) Wednesday to Sunday: 12 noon to 3pm | 5.30pm to 11pm (On Friday & Saturdays, evening service begins at 5.00pm) -kukuplymouth KukuPlymouth kukuplymouth -Quote code ‘MAYFLOWER2020’ to redeem 10% discount off your bill

Barbican Kitchen was established in 2006 by the Tanner Brothers, Chris and James. Our aim is to deliver fresh local food at a realistic price.

Barbican Kitchen takes full advantage of the superb larder here in the Westcountry.

With the menu showcasing stunning local meats, vegetables & top quality fish from our fantastic network of suppliers.

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Plymouth Gin Distillery, 60 Southside Street The Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2LQ

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