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PlymouthUnited Kingdom

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.

Where to stay in Plymouth

Stoke, Plymouth, England, United Kingdom

Stoke

4/5Very Good!(1 area review)

Stoke is well-liked for its restaurants. You can also take some time to explore sights in the surrounding area like National Marine Aquarium and Home Park.

Stoke
Plymouth featuring drinks or beverages and a bar as well as an individual male

Barbican

4.5/5Wonderful!(6 area reviews)

Theaters, bars, and seaside views are some highlights of Barbican. You might stop by National Marine Aquarium or Hoe Park while you're in the area.

Barbican
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 China Fleet Country Club.

St. Budeaux

Top Hotels in Plymouth

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Jurys Inn Plymouth
Jurys Inn Plymouth
4 out of 5
50 Exeter Street, Plymouth, England
The price is $68 per night from Oct 18 to Oct 19

Located in the heart of Plymouth, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Charles Church and University of Plymouth. National Marine Aquarium is ...

4.2/5Excellent! (936 reviews)

"Under COVID check in safe and plenty of information"…"

Reviewed on Sep 18, 2020

Jurys Inn Plymouth
Crowne Plaza Plymouth
Crowne Plaza Plymouth
4 out of 5
Armada Way, Plymouth, England
The price is $84 per night from Oct 11 to Oct 12

Located in Barbican, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hoe Park, National Marine Aquarium, and University of Plymouth. Smeaton's Tower and Plymouth Dome ...

4.3/5Excellent! (547 reviews)

"A nice hotel, with friendly staff. The location is superb within easy walkibg distance of the main attractions"…"

Reviewed on Sep 17, 2020

Crowne Plaza Plymouth
Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa
Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
Colebrook, Plympton, Plymouth, England
The price is $133 per night from Oct 19 to Oct 20

Situated in Plymouth, this luxury hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Saltram House and within 6 mi (10 km) of National Marine Aquarium and University of Plymouth. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (212 reviews)
5*

"Five star service throughout the whole stayCannot wait to return for another celebration"…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa

Popular places to visit in Plymouth

National Marine Aquarium
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National Marine Aquarium

4.5/5(3 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.

Hoe Park
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Hoe Park

5/5(11 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Hoe Park, a lovely green space in Plymouth. Amble around this family-friendly area's seaside and enjoy its top-notch restaurants.

Royal William Yard
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Royal William Yard

5/5(2 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

5/5(2 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. 

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 travels to Plymouth. Stroll along the seaside in this family-friendly area, or check out its lively bars.

Tinside Lido
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Tinside Lido

Take the family on an outing to Tinside Lido during your trip to Plymouth. Wander the area's seaside or simply enjoy one of its top-notch restaurants.

Top things to do in Plymouth

Plymouth Scavenger Hunt: Cruise The Ocean City
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Plymouth Scavenger Hunt: Cruise The Ocean City

$20
Per adult
Culture, Cobblestones and Clotted Cream
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Culture, Cobblestones and Clotted Cream

$169
Per adult
Day Tour of The Cornish Coastline in 6 Seater
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Day Tour of The Cornish Coastline in 6 Seater

$88
Per adult

Reviews of Plymouth

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Feb 11, 2020

Really liked the area down around the light house. Very pretty area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 13, 2019

Unfortunately was only there for one night but have visited Plymouth in past and enjoyed it

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 12, 2019

Visit Jerry at the Plymouth Synagogue- a historic building and Jerry is a wealth of information on the history of Plymouth

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Nov 11, 2019

Enjoyed seeing the place where my Mayflower ancestors departed.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 14, 2019

Will definitely return in the future to spend more time.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Aug 11, 2019

Nice town to visit. We saw the Saltram House, the aquarium, the Mayflower Museum, and went around the Barbican. I think we enjoyed the Saltram House the best.

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