The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
A traditional county pub on the banks of the river Tamar with views across Plmouth Sound to Drakes Island. Sit by the open fire and enjoy either a quick drink or fresly cooked meal.
Inaccessible by road but located just 200m across the Tamar from Plymouth. This beach has a mix of stone, sand and shingle - there is only a small sliver of beach at high tide, so you would be wise to check the tides before you visit.
An interesting thirteen mile hike along the Cornish Coastal Path with stunning coastal views taking in Mount Edgecombe Country Park and several pretty Cornish villages with obligatory watering holes! Make sure you plan your journey back as public transport in the area is limited.
The first and last Cornish town, Torpoint lies opposite Plymouth, separated from Devon by the Tamar River. It offers the best of both worlds; close proximity to all the urban delights of Plymouth, which has excellent shopping, eating and entertainment, and easy access to Cornwall’s most easterly beaches, like Cawsand, Kingsand and Downderry.
Five hundred and fifty years of history.
Wonderful parkland with many walks and beautiful gardens with views of Plymouth.
Staff at Mount Edgcumbe House helpful and informative , interesting house to wander around beautifully maintained.
Exhibitions of original work and a gallery selling prints, glassware and sculpture.
The whole area around Rame Head is a walkers' paradise and the wildlife is abundant. Scenery is magnificent.
Check out the oceans’ strangest creatures and marvel at the beauty of the coral reef. With 50 live exhibits, three massive tanks, over 4000 animals, and six zones to explore- Explorocean, The Shallows, Atlantic Reef, Mediterranean Sea, Weird Creatures and Coral Seas - there’s plenty to keep the family entertained. Budding scientists and ocean explorers will love Explorocean, two floors of interactive exhibits exploring how technology is being used to help us understand and care for our oceans.
We went in the off-season (October) and found it lovely and quiet, with no large school groups or families to contend with. Not the easiest place to find if you don't know Plymouth, though the parking was good. Overall a good location for seeing the Hoe and visiting the prettier parts of Plymouth harbourside.
The aquarium is of a fair size, but we felt the website was somewhat misleading as to the grandeur of the exhibits. The shark tank felt a bit of a let down, as the viewing wasn't as good as I've seen elsewhere. The design of the place also leads to somewhat unfulfilled expectations, as after the shark tank there is more to see, but it ends quite abruptly at the turtles. With a better route it could definitely be improved, though I give 5* to the quality of the tanks and the health of the animals.
Great for a rainy day
Been twice and the kids loved it both times. Go early on a rainy day in the school holidays as it gets busy.
Beautiful sand and pebble beach, popular with surfers and bodyboarders. Short walk from car park (get there early in summer!) and cafe nearby. Finnygook is the eastern end of Portwrinkle, which itself consists of two beaches and marks the western extremity of Whitsand Bay.
Rain Rain Rain...
...But the cafe was good - fast & friendly service while the rain lashed the outside! Nice walks though.
really great pub! Dog friendly
We took our two dogs there on new years eve for lunch. very friendly, great food and beer.
we also had their take away fish and chips one night which was some of the best fish and chips we have ever had!! well worth a visit!!
Gorgeous sandy beach just the right size for letting children run free while small enough to still keep an eye on them. Convenient car park and small cafe. Slightly off the beaten track so a great place to get away from the crowds.
Plymouth is fast becoming a sleek, cosmopolitan destination with much to offer the visitor. The architectural eyesores of the 60s and 70s are steadily being torn down to be replaced by chic, contemporary buildings and the city is changing to accommodate great shopping, swanky bars, cafes and gourmet restaurants. The historic ‘Hoe’, the vast public space next to the water is a wonderful place to soak up the view across Plymouth Sound to Drake’s Island.
Plymouth then Wembury
If you like natural Devon/Cornwall then do not bother with Plymouth it is very pleasant but much the same as any other seaside place and reminded me of Portsmouth.
We also visited Wembury which is a nice part of the coastline - rugged and very pleasant rocky beach but worth a visit to see the structure of the rocks!
Plymouth - a plethora of pleasures!
My family all come from Plymouth, so I am slightly biased, although I have never lived there myself, but Plymouth has most things you could ask of a city, plus the added benefit of a fantastic seaside setting! It has benefitted from regeneration in recent years, and the upgrade is on-going - the new shopping centre definately takes up a full day in itself!
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