Plymouth Barbican & Waterfront

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The Area

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 scones with famous Devonshire clotted cream and preserve.

Plymouth & The Barbican enjoys being on the Devon and Cornwall border so you can take advantage of City life with its Theatre Royal and new Imax in 2020. Families and couples alike can soak up some sun on the beaches of Cornwall, from Fistral to Kynanace Cove.

Whilst here make sure you 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.

Places to Visit

Plymouth Hoe and Waterfront

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 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.

Plymouth Hoe is also host to many fantastic annual events including the famous Plymouth Armed Forces Weekend, MTV Crashes Plymouth and the British Firework Championships.

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.

The National Marine Aquarium is a truly unique venue in the stunning Sutton Harbour. Its relaxed environment and breathtaking views make it the perfect venue for a variety of functions and events, from birthday celebrations to wedding receptions.

Plymouth Boat Trips, the South West’s premier cruising company.

Explore local history and heritage and soak up the sights aboard our one hour harbour cruise. Take your time, sit back and relax on one of our longer half day trips to Cotehele, Calstock or River Yealm, as we journey along the River Tamar, flanked by the stunning Devon and Cornish coasts.

Our fleet of cruise boats, ferries and fishing boats are all available for private charter. From birthdays, weddings and family celebrations to inspirational corporate events, our floating venues provide the wow factor for your special occasion.

Located on the Barbican, where our boats depart, the Plymouth Boat Trips booking office and The Boathouse Cafe next door, provide the perfect place to meet before you set sail……Fisherman's Arches, Plymouth Boat Trips Ltd. 2-5 Commercial Wharf, Mayflower Steps Barbican, Plymouth. PL1 2NX

Telephone: 01752 253153 Email:

Plymouth Gin Tour and Tasting

Black Friars Distillery, the working home of Plymouth Gin since 1793, is the oldest working gin distillery in England and is situated in the heart of the historic port city of Plymouth.

The building dates back to the early 1400’s with the oldest part of the building – the Refectory, a medieval hall with a fine hull-shaped timber roof, dating back to 1431.

Take a guided tour and learn about the art of making the world-famous Plymouth Gin, enjoy a tutored tasting of the range and then relax in the Refectory cocktail lounge – the ultimate place to enjoy a cocktail and where the Pilgrim Fathers are said to have spent their last night before setting sail in the Mayflower to the New World.

Connoisseur Tours are available for small groups – discover even more fascinating secrets – contact us for details. Group evening tours are also available by appointment. Availability on all tours is limited so please do call to book.

Enjoy the finest West Country produce at the Barbican Kitchen Brasserie – the exciting dining experience from the Tanner brothers serving lunch and dinner.

Call 01752 604448 for reservations.