From the launching point of the Mayflower in the Elizabethan Barbican to Plymouth Hoe, this is a city with a fantastic history. Love theatre and the arts? You’ll find plenty to enjoy at the Theatre Royal, its sidekick The Drum, and Plymouth Arts Centre. And with Dartmoor National Park just a short journey away, there’s plenty of reasons to visit Plymouth.
There are regular train services from London to Plymouth and you can usually make the journey in just over 3 hours. Plymouth train station is centrally located and you can also jump on a Plymouth CityBus to explore the city and the surrounding area.
Food and drink
With a great selection of restaurants, cafés, pubs and bistros you’ll never be short of dining options in Plymouth. Go to the Barbican for food from around the world, try Chagford for fine dining with local touches, or enjoy fresh seafood by the Waterfront. If you like gin, a trip to the Black Friars Distillery, England's oldest working gin distillery, is a must.
Sport and outdoors
Plymouth is home to teams in a huge range of sports, from Plymouth Argyle in football to the Plymouth Devils in speedway. And, of course, the city’s coastal location also makes it a popular choice for hiking and a wide range of watersports. You can also take a dip in Tinside Lido, an amazing outdoor pool dating back to 1935, located right on the ocean's edge.
Music and nightlife
When it comes to nightlife, The Barbican has a good selection of pubs, bars and clubs, and the Royal William Yard Harbour on the waterfront is home to lots of restaurants and bars too. You can also catch a show at the Theatre Royal.
Head to the Independent Quarter – in the West End – for funky boutiques and accessory shops. Or for big-name retailers – like Topshop and Marks and Spencer – try the shopping centre at Drake Circus.