Days out in and around Plymouth

Whilst in Plymouth...

Plymouth is an exciting city, overflowing with intriguing, traditional and enjoyable things to do and see and has seen so many exciting developments of the last few years. Plymouth has that perfect mix of old meets new...

Drake Circus Shopping Mall

Drake Circus is an impressive shopping mall offering the regions best selection of top name stores including:

Marks & Spencer, Next, Primark, Boots, H&M, HMV, Mothercare, Schuh, Coast, Paperchase, La Senza, New Look, O2, Monsoon, Topshop/Topman, Lush, Waterstones. Plus an Apple store opened in 2013.

With over 60 shops, you can browse for the latest fashions or discover great gifts for friends and family. There are several places to stop and eat too including Starbucks, Burger King and Spudulike. Please visit the website for opening hours and more details.

Drake Circus Shopping Mall Information
Website www.drakecircus.com
How to get there Several of our services operate via the bus stops directly outside the mall on Charles Street (including Park & Ride PR2 from Coypool) or you can catch the rest of our Plymouth buses from the Exeter Street Viaduct, Bretonside Bus Station or Royal Parade which are just a minute to a few minutes walk.

National Marine Aquarium

The National Marine Aquarium was the first aquarium in the United Kingdom to be set up solely for the purpose of education, conservation and research. It remains one of Britain's foremost aquariums with stunning exhibits and a reputation for excellence in education.

The Aquarium experience comprises a total of 50 live exhibits including three massive tanks, the largest of which - Britain's deepest tank - holds 2.5 million litres of water. Over 4000 animals from 400 species are displayed in realistic habitats from local shorelines to coral reefs. Please visit the website for opening hours and more details.

National Marine Aquarium Information
Website www.national-aquarium.co.uk
How to get there The aquarium is situated in Coxside and is a pleasant 15 minute walk through Plymouth's historic Barbican from Plymouth City Centre and the bus station where all main bus routes operate.

Plymouth Argyle Football Stadium, Home Park

Plymouth is very proud of its 'Green Army' and its impressive stadium is situated just outside of the City Centre. First's excellent Park & Ride PR1 service operates via Home Park (Milehouse). On match days we offer a great value £1 return fare between the George Junction and Milehouse. Please visit the PAFC website for details of the current home season matches.

Plymouth Argyle Football Stadium Information
Website www.pafc.co.uk
How to get there PR1 from City Centre and The George runs up to every 12 minutes from Monday - Saturday. Service 83 from Tavistock, Yelverton and Crownhill runs up to every 20 minutes from Monday to Saturday (except public holidays). Service 1/1A runs up to every 10 minutes from Saltash and St Budeaux and stops on Alma Road which is a moment's walk from the stadium. Service 4 also stops on Alma Road and runs up to every 20 minutes from Keyham and Ford.

Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park

Mount Edgcumbe House is the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. Set in Grade I Cornish Gardens within 865 acres Country Park on the Rame Peninsula, South East Cornwall. The house was first built in the 1500s and was restored after World War Two and is one of the regions most popular historic tourist destinations. Famous since the 18th Century for its landscape and gardens, scattered throughout the Park are buildings including Thomson's Seat, Milton's Template, the Folly and the Arch. A stop at the Edgcumbe Arms pub is perfect for a drink after a leisurely walk around the park. Please visit the website for opening hours and more details.

Mount Edgcumbe House & Country Park Information
Website www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk
How to get there During the summer season (April - September) service 81 is extended to serve Cremyll (Mount Edgcumbe) on Sundays and public holidays. Please check the current service 81 timetable for details of when this will run.

Plymouth Pavilions

Plymouth Pavilions is the South West's leading entertainment, concert, leisure and conference venue. Leisure facilities include a Fun Pool, which contains a shipwrecked galleon complete with water canons, a wave machine, waterfalls, jacuzzi and flumes, as well as a fantastic Ice Rink. The Pavilions is also host to numerous top name live music and entertainment acts throughout the year from rock bands, to orchestras and comedians to children's entertainers. Please visit the website for full details of the 2011 programme.

Plymouth Pavilions Information
Website www.plymouthpavilions.com
How to get there Plymouth Pavilions is a few minutes walk from Derrys Cross and Royal Parade where most Plymouth buses stop and pick up.

Theatre Royal, Plymouth

The Theatre Royal Plymouth is one of the South-west's largest and best attended theatres. It is home to two main performance spaces: The Theatre Royal and the Drum theatre. 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. The Drum Theatre has built a national reputation for the quality of its programme and its innovative, cutting-edge work in the fields of new writing and physical theatre. The Theatre Royal is currently undergoing a Regeneration Project, which is a £7,000,000 investment in the theatre's future. This has so far seen a new Box Office, shop and cafe area open in 2013.

Theatre Royal Information
Website www.theatreroyal.com
How to get there Plymouth Pavilions is a few minutes walk from Derrys Cross and Royal Parade where most Plymouth buses stop and pick up.

Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Hoe is adjacent to and above the low limestone cliffs that form the seafront and it commands magnificent views of Plymouth Sound, Drake's Island, and across the Hamoaze to Mount Edgcumbe. A prominent landmark on the Hoe is Smeaton's Tower lighthouse which is open to the public all year round and offers amazing views of Plymouth Sound. If the weather is good why not take a dip in the Tinside Lido pool – beautifully restored to its original 1930s art deco splendor. Please visit the websites for opening hours and more details.

Plymouth Hoe Information
Website www.plymouth.gov.uk/tinsidelido
www.plymouth.gov.uk/museumsmeatonstower
How to get there Plymouth Hoe is a 10 minute walk from Royal Parade where most Plymouth buses stop and pick up.

The Barbican

The Barbican is home to Plymouth's heritage and there is so much to see and do in the oldest and most charming part of Plymouth. If it's history you're after a visit to the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim Father's set sail in the Mayflower to settle in the New World in September 1620.

A trip to the Plymouth Gin Distillery is also a must. Since 1793, they have been crafting their world renowned smooth gin at Blackfriars Distillery situated on Southside Street. Explore the site and discover some of the secrets behind the legendary smooth taste of Plymouth Gin. The Refectory bar situated above the distillery is the ideal place to sample some Plymouth Gin in comfortable surroundings.

The Barbican's cobbled streets are also home to many quaint little shops selling an array of local produce and galleries showing the work of local artists. There is also a great range of pubs to suit all tastes.

For those who fancy a bite while looking out over the harbour can do no better than a visit to Cap'n Jaspers. Legendary across Plymouth Cap'n Jasper's was established more than 30 years ago and is still run by the original Cap'n's daughter. Those with a big appetite are advised to try the half a yard hot dog!

The Barbican Information
Website www.plymouthbarbican.com
How to get there The Barbican is just a short walk from Royal Parade and Bretonside Bus Station where most Plymouth buses stop and pick up.

Tavistock

Straddling the fast flowing river Tavy below the Western edge of Dartmoor, Tavistock stands in the heart of an area of tremendous natural beauty. It is a classic West Country Market Town and a shoppers delight. Whatever your fancy - old books, the art scene or a new outfit - there is enormous variety and choice. A visit to Crebers with it's local produce and fine foods and wines from around the world and delicatessen is a must. Why not take the kids to Meadowlands swimming pool which boasts indoor heated pools and a leisure flume. Or for those less inclined to get wet the delightful poolside cafe and sun terrace make Meadowlands a fun and relaxing leisure environment for all the family.

Tavistock Information
Website www.tavistockdevon.com
How to get there Services 83/84/86 run up to every 20 minutes between Plymouth and Tavistock via Yelverton from Monday to Saturday during the daytime and an hourly service in the evenings and on Sundays and public holidays. There are also service 86 journeys way into the evening 7 days a week so perfect if you want to stay on for an evening bite to eat or drink.

Mount Batten

The Mount Batten Centre is one of the South West's premier waterside venues so if sailing, water sports and outdoors activities are your thing head out to Mount Batten.

Or if you prefer something less energetic the Mount Batten Hotel has a lovely family friendly restaurant and pub serving food and hot and cold drinks. There is also the Mount Batten Centre's Isobar and Waterside café with 180 degree views of the water through floor to ceiling windows.

Mount Batten also offers stunning views of Plymouth Sound, The Hoe and Drake's Island.

And if you fancy a stroll there are even more spectacular views of Plymouth Sound from Jennycliff a 15-20 minute walk up from Mount Batten.

Mount Batten Information
Website www.mount-batten-centre.com
How to get there Service 2 runs up to every 15 minutes between Plymouth, Plymstock, Goosewell and Mount Batten 7 days a week. It also runs an hourly service in the evening with the last bus back from Mount Batten Pier to the City Centre at 22:26 from Monday to Saturday and at 21:55 on Sundays & public holidays so ideal if you fancy a meal and drink in the evening.

Plymouth Life Centre

Plymouth Life Centre

The Plymouth Life Centre opened in March 2012.

Facilities include:

  • Family leisure pool with flumes, 'beach entry' and bubble pool
  • Innovative climbing zone with 15-metre wall, aerial assault course, bouldering and abseiling
  • Eight-lane indoor bowls rink
  • 12-court multi-use sports hall suitable for badminton, five-a-side football, basketball, netball, trampolining and other sports
  • 150-station fitness suite
  • 10-lane, 50-metre swimming pool with moveable floors and 'booms' allowing flexible use
  • Diving pool with moveable floor
  • Dryside training facility for competitive divers and other sports people, with trampolines, springboards, harnesses, crashmats and other specialist equipment
  • Relaxing oasis with sauna, steam rooms and showers
  • Multi-purpose areas for dance and martial arts, which can also be used for a crèche and soft play
  • Youth gym, squash, training and studio spaces
  • Public café

The aquatic facilities are the largest of their kind in southern England (outside of the Olympic Village) and were used by a number of international swimming and diving teams in preparation for London 2012. The centre has the only 10-lane, 50-metre competition pool in the South West and one of the best diving pools in the country.

Plymouth Life Centre Information
Website and contact detatils For information about opening hours, timetables, prices and bookings please visit the Everyone Active website, call 01752 606900 or email plymlifecentregm@everyoneactive.com.
How to get there PR1 from City Centre and The George runs up to every 12 minutes from Monday - Saturday. Service 83 from Tavistock, Yelverton and Crownhill runs up to every 20 mins from Monday to Saturday (except public holidays). Service 1/1A runs up to every 10 minutes from Saltash and St Budeaux and stops on Alma Road which is a moment's walk from the stadium. Service 4 also stops on Alma Road and runs up to every 20 minutes from Keyham and Ford.