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Explore Plymouth

Full of fascinating maritime history and known as Britain's Ocean History, Plymouth is one of the most exciting places in South Devon to visit. With its rich maritime heritage and its status as the regional capital for culture, Plymouth is one of the most dynamic and fascinating places to visit in Devon.

Messing about in boats

If you’re a fan of all things nautical, then be sure to make a trip to Plymouth Hoe. Not only is it the backdrop for Sir Francis Drake’s legendary game of bowls, but it’s also one of the most beautiful natural harbours in the world. You can get incredible views of the Plymouth from Smeaton’s Tower. And don’t forget to pay a visit to the Barbican, a bustling array of specialist shopsrestaurants, cafes and world-class attractions in Devon, all set against the backdrop of Plymouth's picturesque harbour. In addition, there’s Sutton Harbour, where you can visit the world-famous Plymouth Gin Distillery or, if you’re with the kids, drop in on the National Marine Aquarium.

As far as maritime history goes, Plymouth is unrivalled. With other sights and experiences, such as Royal William Yard, it’s easy to immerse yourself in Plymouth’s seafaring heritage.

Soak up Plymouth's culture

If it’s culture you’re after, you’re going to be equally spoilt for choice. Because so many young people come here to study and work in marine science, there’s always something going on in Plymouth. In the back streets and along the winding streets you’ll find some of the best places to eat in Devon. There's a cluster of celebrity chef restaurants in Plymouth, and many of its eateries are supplied with fresh produce by the local farms and fishermen.

The city is a host for many nationally important events and Devon attractions  such as the British Art Show and America’s Cup World Series and The Armed Forces Day National Event, as well as its own unique home grown events like the Barbican Jazz and Blues Festival, the British Fireworks Championships and the Marine City Festival. These events take place all year around, making Plymouth one of the best places to go in Devon, whatever the season. And, if you’re looking to throw a little retail therapy into the mix, Plymouth has the largest shopping-centre in the South West, outside of Bristol, framed by impressive post-war architecture.

Where to stay in Plymouth

If Plymouth sounds like the place for you, you’ll be glad to know it also plays host to some of the best and most reasonably-priced places to stay in Devon. Whether you want to hire a self-catering cottage, stay in a family-friendly B&B or book yourself a weekend in a luxury hotel, there is a superb selection of accommodation to suit a range of requirements and budgets. Almost all  are located overlooking or just a short walk from the spectacular waterfront views and from the city’s shopping centre. Being a University City, Plymouth  has plenty of accommodation for backpackers or those travelling on a tight budget.

If you’re considering a visit to the city, check out the what's on section for a full list of events and festivals all year round. You’ll find that a memorable visit to Plymouth doesn’t depend on the quality of the British summer.


Plymouth Events

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Shark arrives at Royal William Yard

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A shark has been spotted approaching Royal William Yard in Plymouth, much to the surprise of swimmers, paddleboarders and onlookers. With its distinctive dorsal fin cutting through the water, the sizeable shark swam along the coastline, before turning to head inland towards Firestone Arch at Royal…

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Sink your teeth into Shark Month at Royal William Yard

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Shark Week is a renowned cultural phenomenon – but Plymouth is getting bigger and better this summer by welcoming Shark Month to Royal William Yard this July. The month-long celebration is a partnership with the Shark Trust, a leading international conservation charity, based in Britain’s Ocean…

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Learn about Devon’s pirates in Brixham and Plymouth this month

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This month is going to be a pirate extravaganza in Devon! Don’t worry though, you won’t find anyone attempting to overthrow your boat and walk the plank, though it is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about Devon’s pirate history. Did you know that many of the famous pirates of yesteryear are…

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Plymouth Street Food Festival is back and bigger than ever

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Street Food Warehouse is thrilled to announce that Plymouth Street Food Festival will be making a triumphant return to Central Park (PL2 3DG) over the early May Bank Holiday. From Friday 3rd - Monday 6th May they will be bringing you four days of great food, entertainment and family fun! Up to 30…

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Top places to explore in Plymouth by bike

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With warmer weather hopefully on the way, Spring is a great time to get out on your bikes and do some exploring and there are fewer places better than Plymouth – it isn’t all the hustle and bustle you can expect from a city, it’s full of maritime history and surrounded by some beautiful woodlands…

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