Five things not to miss in Plymouth

Nicolette Loizou / 18 September 2015

We think that the Pilgrim Fathers got it wrong – they should have stayed in the original Plymouth for a wealth of things to do and places to see that will suit all pockets and tastes.



1.) Tinside Lido

In this watery city what better way to enjoy it than taking a dip in its very own lido? Overlooking the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe is this elegant Grade II listed pool – as perfect for people watching as it is for swimming. Just hire one of their traditional deck chairs and watch the world go by. 

Take the plunge. Read more about lidos here. 

2.) Mayflower Museum

Plymouth is famed as the starting point for the heroic journey that the Pilgrim Fathers took in their eventual quest to find the New World or the USA as it is more commonly known. Discover how they managed to make history in this museum which features a model of the Mayflower.

3.) Barbican and Sutton Harbour 

There is no better way to explore Plymouth than here on Plymouth’s waterfront. Ancient buildings mingle with modern restaurants and around the Barbican you can find cobbled streets, narrow lanes and more than 200 listed buildings many of them Tudor and Jacobean.

4.) Plymouth gin distillery

Take a trip to the oldest working gin distillery in England and former debtor’s prison and take a sip of the juniper based drink in the distillery’s bar.

5.) National Marine Aquarium

Dip into the surreal wonderland of marine nature in the UK’s largest aquarium. All marine life is here ranging from benign catfish to the twirly octopus.

Three places to eat

St Elizabeth’s Restaurant and Bar

Although pricey this is an elegant place to escape to and the menu changes regularly. Try the pan-fried chicken breast with port and stilton sauce for a boozy update on an old classic.

The Boathouse Café   

You could be forgiven for thinking you’re sailing on the sea in this renovated fisherman’s store. And the fish served here are good for the seas too with all delicious catches caught by their own day boat. You never know what might turn up be it squid, crab, sea bass or whiting but what you will know is that it will be fresh and on your plate within hours. 

Il Capriccio

For a taste of Italy try this cosy little family-run place. Affordable and relaxed there are some real old favourites on the menu – not just your run-of-the-mill pizza and pasta – but veal and osso buco. The ice-cream is made on site for a decadent finish.

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