Out & About in the Barbican

The Barbican

White Lane enjoys being in the heart of the Barbican where you can wander along cobbled lanes and visit many of the boutique shops and galleries or enjoy a coffee and scone with famous Devonshire clotted cream.

Visit the Mayflower steps from where the Pilgrim fathers set sale in 1620 then enjoy a drink in the many waterfront bars and take in the sights of the harbour. World famous Capn Jaspers is a must for all visitors with a healthy appetite and the perfect spot to watch the world go by.

The Barbican by Day

Plymouth Hoe

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. Open to the public year-round, Smeaton's Tower offers a wonderful vantage point from its lantern room. 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.

Sir Francis Drake, intrepid explorer and local hero, is immortalised in a statue on the Hoe, situated just a few metres from the green where he finished his game before heading out to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588.

At the eastern end of the Hoe you’ll find The Royal Citadel, the most impressive 17th century fortress in Britain and for many years England’s most important defence against attack from the sea. The Citadel has been in constant military occupation since it was built and today it is home to some of Plymouth’s modern heroes – the troops of 29 Commando Royal Artillery. English Heritage offers tours of the Royal Citadel on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May to September

The Hoe sea front

Theatre Royal

A short walk into the town centre is the Theatre Royal where you can see many world class productions from The Lion King to the Royal Ballet.

The Theatre Royal Plymouth is the largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK and the leading promoter of theatre in the South West. There are two distinctive performance spaces, the Theatre Royal and the Drum Theatre, as well as TR2, our award-winning theatre production and education centre.

The range of work presented and produced on the Theatre Royal stage is incredibly extensive and includes major touring drama and musical productions, as well as welcoming leading opera and dance companies to the South West.

Boat Trips

Commercial Wharf is situated below the Mayflower steps and is the ideal start for a days exploring.

Fishing - Ferry - Cruising

Set sail with Plymouth Boat Trips, Plymouth’s premier fishing, ferry and cruising company. From fun packed fishing trips and relaxed harbour cruising to connecting ferries to Cornwall – there’s something for everyone!


Try boat fishing in Plymouth’s plentiful waters. From three hour mackerel trips to half day deep sea excursions, boat fishing is a fantastic way to get out on the water. All equipment and safety gear is provided. Keep what you catch for supper or we’ll Cook Your Catch, C.Y.C.! for you at our quayside café and bistro, The Boathouse Café.


Laze on idyllic Cornish beaches, visit quaint tea shops or walk the stunning headlands of the Rame peninsula. The Cawsand Ferry provides a spectacular half hour crossing between Plymouth’s Barbican and the Cornish villages of Cawsand and Kingsand.


See the sights of Plymouth on a one hour cruise, passing Plymouth Hoe and Drake’s Island, heading for the River Tamar where the mighty warships and nuclear submarines await!

Or, leave the busy city behind and experience the stunning scenery of the Tamar Valley on a half-day cruise up the River Tamar to the picturesque Cornish Villages of Calstock and Morwellham.


Royal William Yard

With its Grade I listed former Naval buildings and stunning views over the Waterfront, Plymouth’s Royal William Yard is fast becoming one of the most stylish places to dine in the city.

With the endorsement of celebrity chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall opening his new River Cottage Canteen in the listed Brewhouse building in 2011, Royal William Yard’s position as a real gourmet hotspot was confirmed. The Canteen itself serves up a delicious menu of locally sourced, sustainable produce and also features a deli stocked with a fantastic range of ingredients to take home with you.

For al fresco dining, Royal William Yard can’t be beaten - whether its Italian cuisine or quality pub grub, everything tastes better when eaten outdoors looking out over the water.

National Marine Aquarium

Visit the UK's largest Aquarium and be amazed by our fascinating underwater world and how we all play a part in conserving it.

The National Marine Aquarium is a registered charity committed to promoting a sympathetic understanding of the sea through programmes of education, conservation and research.

Your journey will take you across the world's oceans, from the shores of Plymouth to the coral reefs of the tropics. We have over 70 sharks from more than ten different species. The sharks on display range in size from the small catfish to the large Sand Tiger Sharks. Our hosts deliver an action-packed talk schedule, including our not-to-be-missed interactive dive show.



Warner Village & Cinema

Walk round from the Aquarium and you come to the Warner Village complex which has a huge multi screen cinema, bowling alley and various restaurants including Pizza Hut. For the not so old there is also Oceana Nightclub.