Plymouth is steeped in history and has something to offer to every visitor.

We love to give our guests ideas for places to visit whilst staying with us… and less than half an hour away is Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City. Plymouth is steeped in history and has something to offer to every visitor.

Nestled between the impressive South West coastline and the natural beauty that is Dartmoor National Park, Plymouth is in one of the most magnificent locations you could ask for… you will be overcome by the sheer scale of the serene views that await you.

Plymouth has everything you could ask for from a cultural city, with fantastic shopping, arts and entertainment possibilities. It is the urban hub of Devon and Cornwall.

To add to its charm, Plymouth has hundreds of years of history to explore and uncover, from the adventures of Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada, to the 1620 sailing of the Mayflower, to the dramatic story of a city rebuilt after the WW2 Blitz.

A trip to Sutton Harbour and the Barbican will bring you to beautifully quaint cobbled streets, and a wide variety of restaurants and independent shops. You’ll also be on hand to visit the National Marine Aquarium (it’s the largest in the UK with more than 4,000 animals) which makes a perfect venue to explore on a rainy day… yes, we do have them.

Other great opportunities for history lovers are the Mayflower Museum and the Mayflower Steps. The museum will plunge you into the world of the Pilgrims who set sail on the Mayflower ship in 1620, travelling from the UK to the US in search of religious freedom.

Just a short walk from the heart of the city you will find yourself at Plymouth Hoe; this is more than just a park! The Hoe is a broad expanse the looks out over the beautiful Plymouth Sound, and is home to a plethora of exciting events throughout the year… It is also one of the most popular places to stroll and sunbathe with a picnic on a sunny day.

The Hoe is also home to the strikingly famous red-and-white striped former lighthouse, Smeaton’s Tower, and the art deco open air swimming pool, Tinside Lido, and a huge number of interesting statues and memorials.

Shoppers can head for Drakes Circus to find many a big brand name. Or, for a huge variety of independent stores, head to West End (a Grade II listed building) where you’ll also find the 150 stall Plymouth market. This makes West End the ideal place to uncover unique gifts and lots of fresh local produce… And a good excuse to stop off a food stall for a bite to eat while you’re there.

If you’re in search of another unmissable place to visit, then the Royal William yard is the place for you! It is a truly impressive sight housing the largest collection of Grade I listed naval buildings known. Huge investment has seen the yard transformed into an array of restaurants, shops, cafes and galleries.

If you’re feeling a little more adventurous, why not appreciate Plymouth from the water? One of the most enjoyable ways to appreciate this stunning place is from the water… there are many impressive water links around the city. You can even travel further afield to Cornwall, visiting Mount Edgcumbe and Cawsand.

If life on the ocean appeals, there are many opportunities to jump aboard a fishing trip, or have a dabble in water sports. If a more sedate experience is your thing, then kick back and relax on a Harbour Cruise and sail up to the Royal Navy dockyard.

So, remember that come rain or shine, Plymouth is home to so much to see, do and explore... with lots of fresh sea air to fill your lungs along the way. Where else could you explore rugged moors in the morning, sneak in a cheeky Mexican at Los Iguanas at lunchtime, visit shops, galleries and historic sights in the afternoon before a taking a late afternoon dip in the sea? There really is nowhere quite like it, so make the most of your visit and enjoy every minute!

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