If you’re looking for an urban holiday destination in the middle of glorious South Devon, Plymouth has a bustling and vibrant character with a unique feel that’s exciting, lively and full of surprises. Retail addicts will love its superb shopping facilities, and the city has a strong maritime and military heritage and plenty of arts and culture. Plymouth is an urban centre with a real Devon feel to it, where diversity meets a traditional West Country welcome.
Plymouth was founded on its strategic maritime location, both for the export of wool and other goods, and as a naval base. There are various defensive locations around Plymouth, notably the Royal Citadel built in 1670. Plymouth played a significant role in the two world wars, and to this day remains an important UK port.
Things to do
Whether it’s gardens and wildlife, maritime heritage, theatre, live music or art, Plymouth has everything to offer you for a great city break. If you’re a sailing fan, Plymouth has been the start and finish point for many sailing events such as the Fastnet and Tall Ships, so there’s lots of opportunities to see the best the sailing world has to offer. If you fancy a swim, the Art Deco Lido on Plymouth Hoe is perfect on a hot summer’s afternoon.
Food and drink
Plymouth is a city that is inspired by the thrills and adventure of the sea, and you’ll find that its cuisine reflects that. With all the ingredients grown and produced on Plymouth’s doorstep – from the rich, fertile land that surrounds the city or fresh from the sea – there’s plenty of good places to eat out. Bars and terrace cafés are popular in the summer months, when the whole city seems to take it easy and relax with a coffee or Devon cream tea.
Something a little different
If you like a tipple of ‘mother’s ruin’, Plymouth Gin is a popular brand with a curious history, and you can find out more on a tour of the Plymouth Gin Distillery at the Barbican. Noted as a cultural centre, the Barbican has old narrow streets and many art galleries and pubs. Once you’ve finished exploring the lanes and alleys, cross the Barbican lock to discover the amazing sea life of the National Marine Aquarium – a colourful and informative environmental attraction.