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The Five Top Best Things To Do in Plymouth (2023)

What is there to do, Plymouth has a lot to offer the day traveller or tourist, depending on your budget you might like to take a walk through the reminants of WW2 Plymouth and the Blitz or maybe take a boat trip out to the breakwater, on this post we have compiled the five top best things to do in Plymouth.

We are in no way affiliated to promote any local business, the results here are based upon our own findings of being a resident here for the past decade.

A walk across Plymouth Hoe, where Sir Francis Drake played sports

Roadside car parking is available on Hoe Road and also on Lockyer Street, roadside parking is available along these streets, you might need to pay for your stay using an app, as a local the parking situation seems to change yearly.  Plymouth Hoe offers some very nice views, you can see down the Cornish Coast and also over into Mount Batten, watch the various boats and ships in Plymouth Sound, you might if you’re lucky even see a Warship or two. Of course there is Smeatons tower – the red and white lighthouse that at one point began its life out at sea. Plymouth Hoe is open 24/7 although disabled parking is only until 4pm, there is ample street lighting on the promenade (Plymouth Hoe) but always be sure to stay in the well lit areas, sadly like other cities we do have our fair share of crime. Depending on what beverages you like there are a few places that sell tea, coffee and ice cream. 

Daytime Shopping

If shopping is your thing, the city centre offers shops for most people, including a selection of secondhand and charity shops, also restaurants, cafes and more, we currently have three car parks near to the City Centre these are located at Sainsburys, Civic Centre Car Park and Theatre Royal Car Park, there is limited spaces at the new bus and coach station, another option would be Plymouth Park and Ride. Now of course if you are visiting us by train or coach, parking wont be an issue for you. 

At the top of Cornwall Street we have the mall, Drake’s Circus, there is a multi-storey car park above the Mall also, you will need the Charles Street slip-road to access this car park.

WW2 Plymouth

Plymouth was heavily bombed during WW2, some areas the damage can still be seen, if you are interested in taking a guided walk to see for yourselves the damage that is still hidden in sight, please be sure to give us a call, or drop us an email and we will be in touch with prices and the next tour.

Plymouth Boat Trips

A personal favourite of ours, we enjoy venturing out to sea, they offer various boat trips including The Breakwater, Calstock, River Yealm and Cawsand (The boat actually goes onto the shore). Sadly these tours are seasonal, Plymouth Boat Trips also offer an hourly cruise up the River Tamar to HMS Drake (Devonport Dockyard). Its reasonably priced at £10 per person and is fun to do in the good and the bad weather.

Dartmoor Zoo

Fun for all the family to be had at Dartmoor Zoo, the Zoo is not actually directly in Plymouth but isn’t too far away neither, Dartmoor Zoo is in Sparkwell which is about five miles outside of the City, they have lots of animals and reptiles and is a great fun day out for all the family.

As always we have more information to add and also photos etc, please bear with us.



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