Things to do in Plymouth

Things to do in Plymouth

I know Plymouth might not be at the top of many people’s travel list, or even anywhere to be seen on the list. But as someone who lived there for 13 years, I’m going to try and change your mind and give you some ideas of things to do in Plymouth.

If you have decided on your trip to the UK to see somewhere else instead of London, great, you are already winning! There are so many incredible places to visit and heading to the South West you really can’t go wrong. Now I know you may be thinking about just jumping on the train and completely bypassing, but here is a list of places to go in Plymouth.

Things to do in Plymouth Royal William Yard

Plymouth is a Cultural Hub

Plymouth is known as a city of makers and is home to many artists and art lovers. Dance, Theatre, Visual, Film, Photography, Textile…the list is endless. Whether you are looking to by a piece of art, listen to some live music or see a performance there is always something on. The best place to find out what’s happening is on the Artory App.

Things to do in Plymouth

You might be wondering what to do in Plymouth. There are many Plymouth attractions.

Unfortunately, there isn’t much in the way of a beach. BUT when you have The Plymouth Hoe who needs a beach!

You just walk 5 minutes out of the town centre and this is the view… Now that’s worth the trip alone!

Things to do in Plymouth the plymouth hoe

Plymouth is great for Scuba Diving

Yes, that’s right I said Scuba Diving in Plymouth.

Now I know it’s England and its cold (most of the time). But there is such a thing as a dry suit 😉 and with the vast number of wrecks, you can dive Plymouth is a great place to dive. In fact, Plymouth probably has more wrecks per mile than in any other part of the world.  So if you like wreck diving then diving in Plymouth is a must!

The Big Prawn

I mean come on where else in the world can you see a statue of a big prawn? You can find this famous Plymouth monument on the Barbican close to the aquarium. It makes a great meeting point.


Step back in time at the Barbican

The Barbican has something for everyone; great shops (from traditional sweet shops to galleries) history (make sure you visit the Elizabethan gardens), great food and some great pubs and bars. The Plymouth Barbican is the perfect place to wander during the day and enjoy a drink in the evening.


Plymouth has the largest aquarium in the UK

Like sharks? Plymouth is home to the National Marine Aquarium, which is the largest aquarium in the UK. It even offers sleepovers with the sharks! That’s right you can sleep in the aquarium with the sharks! Unfortunately, you need a child to accompany you…small details.

The Plymouth Gin Factory

If none of the above has managed to persuade you to visit we have a Gin Factory. I mean who doesn’t love a glass of gin…or 5. They also have a really nice restaurant where you can have an evening meal

I have created a self-guided walking tour of Plymouth on Walkli so be sure to download it before your visit. This will give you an insight into Plymouth activities. They have walking tours of different places around the world so please do check it out.

It has an Art Deco Lido

The Lido. Plymouth has a 1935 Art Deco lido it is in-between Plymouth Sound and Plymouth Hoe. It’s pretty amazing and it’s a great place to spend the day when the sun is shining.

Plymouth was the last stop before the USA on the Mayflower Voyage

This one is especially for all of my American travel friends. Plymouth was the last stop where the Mayflower docked before the Pilgrim Fathers set sail on 6th September 1620 making the voyage to North America settling in Plymouth, MA. As well as visiting the Mayflower Steps there is a museum close by that documents Plymouth’s part in the Mayflower.

Things to do near Plymouth

Plymouth is on the border of Devon and Cornwall making it the perfect place to stop for a night or so. But it also makes a great city base if you want to explore the surrounding area.

You can jump in the car/ boat/ train/ bus/ bike and within 30 minutes you are out of the city and surrounded by some of the most spectacular views.

There are many things to do near Plymouth, whether you like hiking the vast open space of the Dartmoor Moors, sailing, strolling on the beach or surfing Plymouth is the perfect central place to explore from or make a pit stop on your way through to Cornwall.

Looking for accommodation in Plymouth? Here are some great hotels I recommend:

City Stop

Stags Corner

Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa

Things to do in Plymouth

Are you traveling in the United Kingdom? Be sure to check out my other blog posts:

How to spend a day in Bath, United Kingdom

Coastal Walking in Cornwall | Porthcurno to Gwennap Head

This post was proofread by Grammarly



Book your trip now

Are you ready to book your trip?  To help you get the best deals and service here are the companies that I personally use to book all of my travel online. I always shop around before booking anything, but these are my tried and tested starting places.

  • Skyscanner – I’m a bit fan of Skyscanner, it is who I use to book all of my flights. I often will check other like Google Flights or Momodo, but I always go here first and it is who I book 99% of my flights with. 
  • – I LOVE especially when I can book and cancel free up until a certain point, mostly because my plans are forever changing. It’s easy to use and has one of the widest selections. 
  • Airbnb – I’m not a huge user of Airbnb, but sometimes I do like to use it, and I ALWAYS check it before I book anything else. You can get some really cool places to stay here, and it is especially good in places like Cuba. If you don’t have an account and you click on this link then you will get $36 off your first booking.
  • Hostelworld – If you are looking for hostels then this is a great place to check first. They often have additional places that you won’t find on
  • Agoda – Although I don’t use it as much as, Agonda is especially good if you are traveling in Asia as they really do dominate there. 
  • Worldpackers – If you want to travel on the cheap and save money on accommodation then you need Worldpackers in your life. You can read more about it here. If you click this link to sign up and use the code CLAIRESITCHYFEET then you can get a 40% discount on your membership! 
  • Book a Way – If you are traveling in Asia and want to pre-book your transportation then is a fantastic site to do so. They have buses, trains, and cars.
  • RentalCars – Looking to rent a. car while you are away? I always book through Rental Cars as they do a search of all of the big sites and find the best deals. 
  • Welcome Pickups – Very occasionally getting from the airport to my accommodation is a total pain in the butt, or I’m traveling in a group and it makes sense to arrange a pickup. When I do I use Welcome pickups.
  • World Nomads – If you are looking for flexible travel insurance then it’s World Nomads all the way. I wrote all about insurance here if you want a more thorough review. 
  • SafetyWing – AsI’m a Digital Nomad and not moving around quite so much anymore I personally use SafetyWing now for my health insurance. I wrote a full review here
  • Viatour – Sometimes it can be a little expensive, but I like Viatour for somethings, especially if you can get a discount code! It’s also great for inspiration. 
  • Klook – If you are traveling in Asia, then Klook is great! You can book all kinds of tours, activities, and train tickets, plus they even have sim cards and WiFi.

Claire Summers

Dancer, producer, traveller, photographer, cake maker, dog lover and knitter of Christmas scarfs.

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