How better to blow away the cobwebs than with a walk in the great outdoors? Take in some glorious countryside in the Tamar Valley, home to beautiful Buckland Abbey – former home of Sir Francis Drake – or explore the area by train with our Tamar Valley Sunday Rover ticket.
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.
The old harbour area at the Barbican boasts shops, restaurants, bars, galleries and the Barbican Theatre, while Plymouth Sound and Hoe is well worth a visit. The stunning scenery around Burrator Reservoir is a great spot, or pull on your walking boots and head out on the South West Coast Path National Trail. Try skiing on the dry slope at Plymouth Ski Slope.
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.
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.
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.