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Things to do in Plymouth

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Neighborhood
“cobblestone streets, a small theatre, a harbour, boats, the sea and interesting shops. plenty to see and then walk through and up to the Hoe.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Theater
“heatre Royal, Plymouth, is a theatre venue in Plymouth, Devon. It consists of a 1,300-seat main auditorium, The Lyric, which regularly hosts large-scale musicals, opera and ballet; a 200-seat studio, The Drum; and a 50-seat studio, The Lab. On a separate site, Theatre Royal Plymouth also has a production and learning centre, TR2, featuring rehearsal studios and workshops for the production of set and costumes.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Aquarium
“The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Britain's Ocean City, Plymouth. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean. See their website for special events programme”
  • 29 locals recommend
Building
“Plenty of things to do here. Shopping, restaurants, beautiful views set in the granite backdrop of Royal William Yard, a former Royal Navy victually centre.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Park
“Another must see. Get the ferry over or drive. They have a pitch and putt too. ”
  • 24 locals recommend
Park
“Fabulous camellia collection. Free entry to the park. Riverside views and duck pond.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Movie Theater
“Complex with free parking if you are attending the bowling, Vue cinema, restaurants or Przym nightclub.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Neighborhood
“A lovely place to while away the morning watching the world go by over a cofee”
  • 21 locals recommend
Shopping Mall
“Leading shopping destination with over 60 retailers, including clothes, footwear, homeware, food and more. www.drakecircus.com/shops”
  • 11 locals recommend
Historic Site
“A lovely country park walk and beautiful views. You can also take the foot ferry into Plymouth from here. ”
  • 23 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Great place to visit, good for rainy days and just by the Barbican so can be combined easily. Good for families.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Entertainment
“The famous Plymouth Gin Distillery is must see place for all gin connoisseurs......or connoisseurs in training! Enjoy a guided tour and a few tipples before enjoying a cocktail or two in the Refectory bar on completion.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Cafe
“The south west's largest purpose-built conference, exhibition and entertainment attraction with an Ice Rink, catering outlets from fast food to ice cream and meeting areas.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Clothing Store
“Grade one buildings abound in this redevelopment of this historic naval victualling centre. Nowadays its a hub for bars and restaurants as well as a regular market. Its also close to the Stonehouse Cremyll ferry.”
  • 17 locals recommend
Scenic Lookout
“Plymouth Hoe, referred to locally as the Hoe, is a large south-facing open public space in the English coastal city of Plymouth. The Hoe is adjacent to and above the low limestone cliffs that form the seafront and it commands views of Plymouth Sound, Drake's Island, and across the Hamoaze to Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall. The name derives from the Anglo-Saxon word Hoe, a sloping ridge shaped like an inverted foot and heel.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Pub
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“A personal local favourite, can be very busy in Summer high season so we tend to visit out of season. Set a beautiful spot overlooking the sea, great atmosphere and fabulous food. Great Sunday lunches too.”
  • 19 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Despite the uninspiring surroundings this is my favorite restaurant in plymouth. the food and atmosphere are spectacular. There is a little pub right next door which is also excellent. Rock Salt if I'm not mistaken is the highest rated Plymouth restaurant on Trip Advisor.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Rockfish Plymouth Seafood Restaurant This is the perfect destination for seafood lovers overlooking the ocean, and is right next door to the National Marine Aquarium where you can see fish from all over the world and learn about the great work they do in preserving and managing our marine environment. The famous Plymouth fish market is just feet from our front door and from Rockfish you can watch the boats land. After lunch, take a stroll to the shops, bars and famous Plymouth Gin Distillery of the historic Barbican and Hoe districts.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Housed in the world famous Plymouth Gin Distillery, Barbican Kitchen was established in 2006 by the Tanner Brothers, Chris and James. Our aim is to deliver fresh local food at a realistic price. Barbican Kitchen takes full advantage of the superb larder here in the Westcountry. With the menu showcasing stunning local meats, vegetables & top quality fish from our fantastic network of suppliers. We can cater for all your requirements and don’t forget kids under 5 eat for free! ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“With an unbeatable combination of great food and great coastal views, The Dock is a family run café and restaurant that’s perfect for everyone! Whether you’re celebrating something special or just catching up with friends over coffee or cocktails, we offer an informal, relaxed setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner using the very finest food – sourced from across Devon and Cornwall. Situated at King Point Marina, in the heart of the Plymouth’s vibrant and ever changing Coastal Quarter in Millbay, enjoy the wonderful outlook from our two al fresco balcony dining areas. Make The Dock your next port of call!”
  • 9 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Enjoy freshly prepared French food, in an open kitchen for all to observe, in the historic setting of Royal William Yard, Plymouth.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you are looking to breakfast like a local this is the place to go! Beautiful views over Plymouth Sound, Kingsand, Cawsand and Millbrook.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Nice fish restaurant. Walk down James Street and turn left follow the coast for an evening stroll before lush food.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Sourcing the best seasonal produce from the West Country & serve them in modern, modest & flavoursome dishes. Chef Ben believes that the best way to approach food is to be unpretentious & uncomplicated. Light lunch in the beautiful courtyard, dinner with friends or family, a romantic night out or a big celebration.”
  • 9 locals recommend

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