7 Things to do in Plymouth

7 things to do in plymouth

7 Things to do in Plymouth

Visiting Plymouth soon? Make sure you add these 7 things to do in Plymouth on your to your list!

Plymouth Hoe

Usually referred to as the “hoe”, this is a large public park facing the ocean. Why not bring a basket and have a picnic with some friends? Or simply just enjoy strolling through the park – maybe bring your furry friend(s) for a stroll.

Plymouth Hoe Statues

Smeaton’s Tower

Plymouth is home to a famous 18th century lighthouse. The lighthouse mainly operated during the range of 1759-1877 and now memorializes its designer in Plymouth Hoe. The lighthouse has a whopping 93 steps – and calls for a great view over the ocean and Plymouth.. If you’d like to climb its £4 per adult, or £2 for a child. Children that are under five are free, and family tickets (2 adults/3 children) are available for £12. Student and Senior tickets are available at £3 with valid I.D.

Plymouth Hoe Smeaton Tower


Royal Citadel

Post Plymouth Hoe – why not visit the Royal Citadel? It’s easy to spot from Plymouth Hoe and is in fact still used currently by the English Military. Tickets can be booked prior to your visit online, however tickets can aslo be bought in person if available. Prices are £6 for adults and £4 for children (those under 14).  The lawn  has “Welcome to Plymouth” carved into the grass – makes for a great photo!

Plymouth Welcome to Plymouth Sign

Barbican & Sutton Harbor 

Be sure to check out the Barbican Harbor just beyond the Royal Citadel. Great for a casual stroll, or if you’re in the search for some tasty food there are plenty of cafes and restaurants to pick from.

Mayflower Steps

Don’t leave Plymouth without visiting the historic steps where the Mayflower Ship to the New World departed. A must see for any Americans visiting.

Plymouth Mayflower Arch

Plymouth Gin Distillery

There are three different tours you can take.

  • The Plymouth Gin Distillery Tour for £7 lasting forty minutes.
  • The Connoisseur Tour for £20 lasting an hour and a half.
  • Master Distillery Tour for 4£0 lasting two and a half hours.

Plymouth Gin Distillery Wall

Royal William Yard

If you’ve got the time, and up for a stroll, why not visit Royal William Yard? Located about 30 minutes by foot from Plymouth Hoe. There are also local buses that you can pay for to take you there or use your plus bus ticket. Royal William Yard is filled with restaurants, bars, shops and a great view!

Plymouth Royal Albert



7 things to do in Plymouth


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  1. mccaullme
    February 10, 2018 / 11:45 AM

    What a beautiful lighthouse! Such a fun trip to take, great pics!

  2. February 10, 2018 / 1:05 PM

    I live about an hour from Plymouth and yet I’ve never been! Must fix that this year 🙂

  3. February 11, 2018 / 8:38 AM

    Wow, the lighthouse looks beautiful! I’ve not seen much of England so far – even though I live so close – need to change that 🙂

  4. July 28, 2018 / 4:10 AM

    yeah, a blog post about Plymouth! I willgo there in October for a few days and already lookingfor things to do and visit and if it is worth to stay there more than three days… thanks for this post and a first overview, if you have any other suggestions please let me know 🙂

    • Itinerary Shelly
      July 28, 2018 / 9:48 AM

      Honestly I did feel like it was a smaller town! You very well could spend three days and explore it quite slowly but I personally felt a day trip was perfect! Maybe if you do stay there for three days if you end up seeing everything for a day consider doing day trips elsewhere in the SouthWest of England from Plymouth 🙂 BIG fan of Exeter!

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