If you are here for the shopping, you won’t be disappointed. The city centre can offer you all the big names, including the new and very popular Drake Circus Shopping Mall. But try and see the Independent Quarter, which includes the Pannier Market and many interesting small shops. There are also many street markets in the city centre throughout the year. Plymouth also boasts The Pavilions, offering an Ice Rink, a Beach-Style swimming pool and regular shows featuring world renowned names in its huge auditorium. There are also three theatres in the city centre - The Theatre Royal, which stages West End shows and the Drum and Atheneum Theatres, which offer more alternative or local productions.
The Barbican is the fishing and boating heart of the city and home to the Mayflower steps where in 1620 some one hundred and fifty men, women and children, left these shores bound for a new life in America. The Barbican offers cobbled streets, historic houses and numerous alfresco cafes, restaurants and bars. It is also the starting point for boat trips to Devonport Naval dockyard, fishing trips and longer, picturesque trips up the rivers Tamar and Yealm. Or if speed is more your scene, why not try a ride in a fast rib around the Sound - not for the faint-hearted! The National Marine Aquarium is close by - the largest in Europe.
Plymouth Hoe is the natural heart of Plymouth with breathtaking views across Plymouth Sound, one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world.
Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. Gaze down at the shoreline and you’ll see the glorious Art Deco Tinside Lido, open to the public for bathing during the summer months.
It is here where Sir Francis Drake, intrepid explorer and local hero, is immortalised in a statue, situated just a few metres from the green where he finished his game of bowls before heading out to
Why not explore Mount Edgecumbe House &Country Park on the Cornwall side of the Tamar river or take a scenic train journey following the Tamar river up to Gunnislake. Just to the north of the city is the beautiful, wild, Dartmoor, with brooding Tors, a sinister prison, wild ponies and beautiful villages. The Eden Project, The Lost Gardens of Heligan and historic houses such as Cothele, Castle Drogo, Saltram House and The Garden House are just a drive away.