Plymouth

Travel Guide
Plymouth showing a coastal town and heritage architecture

Appreciate the cultural transformation this waterfront city has undergone, with the World War II-damaged center now home to fashionable restaurants and maritime attractions.

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.

Jurys Inn Plymouth
Jurys Inn Plymouth
4 out of 5
50 Exeter Street, Plymouth, England
The price is £67 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Located in the heart of Plymouth, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Charles Church, The Box, and University of Plymouth. Elizabethan House ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (932 reviews)
"Great location for all of Plymouth’s amenities."

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2021

Jurys Inn Plymouth
OYO Plymouth Central
OYO Plymouth Central
3 out of 5
66-68 New George Street, Plymouth, England
The price is £72 per night from 12 Nov to 12 Nov
Situated in Plymouth, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Theatre Royal, Plymouth, University of Plymouth and Charles Church. Hoe Park and The Box are also ...
3.8/5 Good! (25 reviews)
"Staff were nice and hotel was clean. Shower room was slightly impractical"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2021

OYO Plymouth Central
Crowne Plaza Plymouth
Crowne Plaza Plymouth
4 out of 5
Armada Way, Plymouth, England
The price is £81 per night from 5 Nov to 5 Nov
Located in Barbican, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hoe Park and Theatre Royal, Plymouth. National Marine Aquarium and University of Plymouth ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (663 reviews)
"."

Reviewed on 17 Sep 2021

Crowne Plaza Plymouth
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Serviced Property Plymouth
Serviced Property Plymouth
3 out of 5
97 Union Street, Plymouth, England
The price is £40 per night from 20 Oct to 20 Oct
Situated in Plymouth, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Theatre Royal, Plymouth, Hoe Park and South West Coast Path Section 36 Trailhead. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (8 reviews)
"Recently stayed at this property for one night. Room.was very nice and cosy to be honest. Nice shower room. Very good location, town 10 mins walk away. Wetherspoons about two mins away which was handy. Couple of down sides. Room and house I felt was very hot. Radiators on when it's hitting nearly ..."

Reviewed on 10 Oct 2021

Serviced Property Plymouth
Central Plymouth Apartment
Central Plymouth Apartment
3.5 out of 5
31 Prospect Street, Plymouth, England
The price is £90 per night from 18 Oct to 18 Oct
Situated in Plymouth, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of The Box, Charles Church and University of Plymouth. Elizabethan House and Theatre ...
5/5 Exceptional! (2 reviews)
"The apartment was cosy and very clean, owners communication was excellent. The only downside is the WiFi which is slow and does lag, but if you are out and about exploring Plymouth then that doesnt really matter!"

Reviewed on 28 Aug 2021

Central Plymouth Apartment
Luxury 13 Brewhouse
Luxury 13 Brewhouse
4 out of 5
13 Brewhouse, Royal William Yard, Plymouth, England
The price is £130 per night from 9 Nov to 9 Nov
Situated in Plymouth, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of South West Coast Path Section 36 Trailhead and Mount Edgcumbe House. Devonport Playhouse ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Very relaxing stay overlooking the harbor
"The apartment was as described--very spacious and contemporary in design. Nice big rooms, and the kitchen was well-stocked with dishes and utensils for a longer stay. The only issues we had were that there were no sponges, no dish soap, and no laundry detergent for the washing machine, though we ..."

Reviewed on 1 Oct 2021

Luxury 13 Brewhouse
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Popular places to visit in Plymouth

Top things to do in Plymouth

Cities near Plymouth