PlymouthUnited Kingdom

4.2/5Top Destination

Love boating, churches and monuments? Get away to Plymouth!

Stroll along the cobbled quayside and see deep water fish tanks in Plymouth’s aquarium. Tour a gin distillery and sample the wares. Swim in a Jazz Age open-air swimming pool and take a boat trip out into the bay.

Plymouth is home to the most extensive naval base in Western Europe and an important location in British maritime history. The Pilgrim Fathers who settled New England set sail from here, as did Robert Falcon Scott of the Antarctic, Captain James Cook, Charles Darwin and Francis Drake. Since the 17th century the Royal Navy has maintained a base here, which drew extensive fire from the Germans in World War II. Plymouth was the target of a series of 59 Luftwaffe raids known as the Plymouth Blitz, which destroyed much of the city as well as the dockyards.

Walk the partially cobbled streets of the Barbican to see Tudor and Jacobean buildings and other attractions. Tour the Elizabethan House, a well-preserved property that gives insight into how a sea captain would have lived in the late 1500s. Stop at the Mayflower Steps, which mark the site where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to found America in 1620. Walk through glass tunnels at the National Marine Aquarium and watch sharks swim all around you. The aquarium also has moral eels, fish and even a loggerhead turtle called Snorkel. Have a drink at the Plymouth Gin Distillery, which has been producing gin since 1793.

See the statue of Francis Drake and read the numerous war memorials at the Plymouth Hoe, a green-lawned expanse that looks out over Plymouth’s natural harbour. Take a tour of the Royal Citadel, a 17th-century fortress still used by the British military today. Bring the family to Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park where you can ride Segways, play disc golf and visit artist studios as well as learn about the earls that once lived here.

Plymouth is a major U.K. city and has great transportation links. Though Plymouth Airport closed in 2011, Exeter Airport is just 1 hour away by car. Ferry services are also available. Eat at a range of pubs and restaurants or use one of the many take-out venues.

Known for

Friendly People, Boating and Sea

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Where to stay in Plymouth

Stoke
Stoke, Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

Stoke

Known for Friendly People, Family-friendly, Walking

5/5(3 reviews)

Stoke is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can plan an outing to Home Park and Devonport Playhouse while you're in town.

Barbican
Plymouth which includes drinks or beverages and a bar as well as an individual male

Barbican

Known for Friendly People, Theatres, Bars

4.5/5(93 reviews)

Get to know Barbican by checking out its theatres, bars and seaside views. Consider a visit to nearby sights like Hoe Park or Elizabethan House during your time in the area.

St. Budeaux
St. Budeaux, Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

St. Budeaux

If you're looking for some top things to see and do in St. Budeaux and surrounding area, you can visit Home Park and Torpoint Ferry.

Beaumont
Charles Church showing street scenes and night scenes

Beaumont

4/5(27 reviews)

While there might not be top attractions in Beaumont, you can explore the larger area and discover places like National Marine Aquarium and Royal Citadel.

Top hotels in Plymouth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Future Inn Plymouth
Future Inn Plymouth
3 out of 5
1 William Prance Rd, Plymouth, England
£56
per night
17 Nov-18 Nov

Situated in Plymouth, this ski hotel is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Derriford Hospital and 3.1 mi (5 km) from Dartmoor. Home Park is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

4.4/5Excellent! (1,907 reviews)

"Room was very nice and comfortable. Restaurant was expensive."…"

Reviewed on 19 Oct 2019

Future Inn Plymouth
Jurys Inn Plymouth
Jurys Inn Plymouth
4 out of 5
50 Exeter Street, Plymouth, England
£56
per night
3 Nov-4 Nov

Located in Beaumont, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Charles Church and University of Plymouth. Elizabethan House and Mayflower Steps are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,466 reviews)

"Very clean, lovely refurbishment. Stylish. Bed was comfy. Linen very clean. Good soft duvet. The beds however need breaks or something as they move / slide around too easily. Had a lovely stay and a nice view of the church on the round about."…"

Reviewed on 29 Sep 2019

Jurys Inn Plymouth
Copthorne Hotel Plymouth
Copthorne Hotel Plymouth
3 out of 5
Armada Way, Plymouth, England
£55
per night
27 Oct-28 Oct

Located in the heart of Plymouth, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Charles Church and University of Plymouth. Hoe Park and Elizabethan House are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (1,062 reviews)

"Good location, service friendly, meals good maybe a bit pricey"…"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

Copthorne Hotel Plymouth

Popular things to do in Plymouth

National Marine Aquarium
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National Marine Aquarium

4.5/5(67 reviews)

Discover the creatures that live deep in the world’s oceans and learn about the importance of conservation at the largest aquarium in the U.K.

Royal William Yard
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Royal William Yard

4.5/5(48 reviews)

Grandiose maritime buildings have been transformed into one of Plymouth’s trendiest spots, now a hub of restaurants, art galleries and family activities.

Plymouth Gin Distillery
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Plymouth Gin Distillery

4.5/5(53 reviews)

Sip on expertly made gin in a historic distillery that has been making spirits for over two centuries in the same spot on Plymouth’s waterfront. 

Royal Citadel
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Royal Citadel

This 17th-century stronghold was a bastion of military strength. Explore the walls and fortifications with a guided tour.

Plymouth Dome
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Plymouth Dome

You can study the exhibits at Plymouth Dome, a museum with a story of its own, during your trip to Plymouth. Amble around this family-friendly area's seaside or experience its entertainment choices.

Elizabethan House
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Elizabethan House

Step inside this wonderfully preserved house to see how a merchant or sea captain would have lived in the 1500s, a time when Plymouth was a prosperous port city.

Reviews of Plymouth

4.2

Top Destination

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

30 Sep 2019

Plymouth is a lovely city with spectacular view from the Hoe lost of places of interest restaurants bars and shops

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

27 Sep 2019

Lovely places to visit around Plymouth.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

23 Sep 2019

After visiting Plymouth frequently in 60s/70s it was very sad to see how tired and rundown the city centre has become, the once loved Dingles looked terrible outside, the lovely layout of the centre has been ruined by the Theatre, all looks tired.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

22 Sep 2019

Plymouth is very hilly! Take comfy shoes!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

21 Sep 2019

Great University

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

19 Sep 2019

The university provides a wonderfull graduation ceremony on the hoe. Perfect setting. Also visit Barbacan area and Barbacan Botanicals for great gin experience.