Plymouth travel guides
Plymouth is in beautiful southwest England, with the Atlantic ocean on one side and the lush green pastures of Devon on the other. There are hotels, apartments, B&Bs, and even country manors to choose from. If you stay in town, everything you’ll want to explore will be within walking distance.View full guide
Plymouth travel guides
Plymouth shopping offers variety - not only in terms of products, but also in terms of the experience. Shopping in the Barbican is like stepping back in time, while the city centre is slick and modern. The West End and Hyde Park give you 2 completely different takes on local shopping. Drake Circus mall offers great selections with the bonus of indoor comfort.
You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy Plymouth, but if you are, you'll find history everywhere you turn. If you’re looking for more up-to-date attractions, don’t worry - the city has those too. From high-end shopping, to world-class dining, to the simple pleasures of nature and the sea, you’ll find it all in Plymouth.
On the southwestern tip of England, about 240 miles from London, Plymouth is one of the UK’s oldest and most important ports. Its rich history, combined with the presence of Plymouth University, gives the city a veritable pirate’s treasure trove of attractions, from contemporary art galleries to the famous Mayflower Steps - the place from which the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for North America.
Plymouth offers many ways to enjoy an evening out, from the traditional pubs in the Barbican to the more modern clubs in the city centre. There’s al fresco clubbing with a harbor view and plenty of live music. If it’s a good scare you’re after, there’s even a blood-chilling "haunted" tour of Plymouth’s historic cobblestone streets.
In case conjuring up tall ships and salty sea captains, pirate treasure, and epic ocean battles weren't enough, Plymouth has lots of family-friendly activities - plus a huge park. There’s a cool lighthouse to explore, the largest aquarium in the UK, a 180-foot-wide pool, and even adventure treks on all-terrain Segways. The annual British Firework Championships are also held here.
The Plymouth arts and culture scene begins with a simple look around. Historic statues and architectural landmarks are everywhere. But it's not just a matter of history. Culture in Plymouth is alive and well, with local, national, and international artists showing in Barbican galleries, plus theatre and music performances and festivals throughout the year.
With boats hauling in fresh fish daily, and local farmlands and rolling hills providing top-notch produce and meats, it’s no wonder Plymouth is increasingly regarded as one of Britain's dining hot spots. The city offers a variety of tempting, tasty foods from around the globe, but the real emphasis is on fresh, regionally sourced ingredients.
Plymouth in southwest England experiences mild to warm temperatures from spring through early fall. These are the best times to enjoy Plymouth’s beautiful outdoor parks and beaches, to take harbor and river cruises, and to explore the 16th-century buildings and cobblestone streets. Residents are known for their warm hospitality. The local history is so rich, almost everyone has an interesting story to tell you about Plymouth.