Fun things to do in Plymouth

Here’s our rundown of the best reasons to visit Britain’s Ocean City, including suggestions of where to eat and sleep.

Why go there?

Boasting picturesque views over the waterfront and harbour, Plymouth is a city packed with possibilities. Whether you’re in the mood to explore historic landmarks, take in the thrills of a live show or treat yourself to some culinary delights, Plymouth is a cultural hotspot to suit all tastes.

Where do I start?

Wander the Barbican district, with its part-cobbled streets lined with Tudor and Jacobean buildings and quirky bars. Navigate Plymouth’s past by visiting the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Fathers set off for the New World in 1620. Be sure to track down the passenger list on the side of the Island House nearby!

Where should I kip?

Old meets new in the grade I-listed Royal William Yard Apartments. These self-catering facilities are in a great location, right next to the marina, with top-quality restaurants and a bakery on their doorstep.

What’s hip?

The acclaimed Plymouth Pavilions showcases an eclectic mix of acts throughout the year. To find out what’s coming up soon, including music, comedy and more, visit

If I do one thing?

Test your fitness by scaling one of the south west’s most famous landmarks, Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse, which stands 72 feet high. You can experience stunning views over Plymouth from its restored lantern room.

Royal William Yard
Plymouth Pavilions
Smeaton's Tower