Things to Do


Things to do in Plymouth

Dartmoor Zoo

Dartmoor Zoo is just 15 minutes on the outskirts of Plymouth and is a charity that is responsible for the care of the animal collection as well as conservation, breeding and research projects. The zoo has an array of animals and allows to you to get particularly close to the big cats (lions, tigers) meerkats, otters and more.

RockFish – Sustainability Focused

This is the perfect family friendly destination for seafood lovers. The seafood restaurant & deck overlooks the ocean and is right next door to the National Marine Aquarium. The famous Mayflower Steps and Plymouth fish market is just feet away from Rockfish so you can watch the fishing boats land, whilst you’re enjoying your seafood & with stunning views overlooking Plymouth Sound.

Bens Farm Shop & Cafe Organic, Vegan & Vegetarian

The large farm shop offers a full range of fresh organic meat as well as famous sausages and dry cured bacon, drinks, dairy and fish products. Owned by Riverford Farm, they are committed to low mileage food & a fair trade ethos. The large and airy café is a great place to stop for breakfast, coffee and cakes or lunch after a day on the near by beaches.


Pips Pick Your Own

A huge range of fruit & vegetables are available at various points throughout the season. Buy fresh honey, direct from the bees on the farm and for those hot summer days, grab an amazing artisan, Surfing Cow Ice Cream. Pips is a working farm, so please remember to wear sturdy shoes and clothing to protect you from brambles etc..

Tinside Lido

Tinside Pool is a unique 1935 Art Deco grade 2 listed lido that overlooks Plymouth’s harbour. It situated on the Hoe and is overlooked by Smeaton’s Tower (the iconic lighthouse).This beautiful salt water swimming pool with sundeck is open in the summer months. Check the website for the current opening times.

Mount Batten Ferry

Travel to the historic Barbican by boat. The yellow Mount Batten Ferry takes approximately 10 minutes and operates between Mount Batten and the Barbican all year round.

The Box

The Box is Plymouth’s new museum, art gallery and cultural centre. Nine permanent galleries showcase The Box’s incredible collections including 14 monumental ships’ figureheads, thousands of natural history specimens, a full-size woolly mammoth replica, wonderful works of art, amazing archive film and photography, and fascinating documents, maps and plans. Entry to the Box is free and there’s no need to book.

Saltram (National Trust)

A magnificent Georgian mansion and tranquil garden lie at the heart of this historic parkland which is perfect for a family day out. You can cycle, ride the BMX track, stroll, picnic and spot wildlife on the estuary and salt marshes to name a few things!

Wembury Beach and Marine Conservation Centre

Wembury beach is set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The Marine Conservation Centre runs guided rock pool rambles as the beach is one of the best in the country for its marine life.

Burrator Reservoir

Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor and rugged Dartmoor Tors. The reservoir is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Many of the trails lead on to Dartmoor so it makes an ideal starting point for longer trips. The circular walk which follows the lanes around the water is ideal for families as it is easy going and flat. It will take between 1.5 – 2 hours to complete and is approx 3.5 miles.

The Bridge

The Bridge is waterside restaurant and bar at Mount Batten. It offers stunning views overlooking the busy Yacht Haven Marina and across the Cattewater to Plymouth.

Theatre Royal

Take in a show at Plymouth’s grand Theatre Royal. This superb venue attracts shows and performances from all over the world.

Mount Edgcumbe Country Park

Nestled on the beautiful Rame Peninsula, Mount Edgcumbe offers a charming, peaceful spot for walking, picnicking or just kicking back and relaxing.

National Marine Aquarium

Visit the UK’s biggest aquarium and get up close and personal with hundreds of fascinating underwater species.

Smeaton’s Tower

Do you dare go to the top? Climb Plymouth’s most iconic landmark and enjoy unparalleled views from the top.

The Dock

This family-run café and restaurant serves up a fine line in relaxed breakfasts, lunches and dinners. Watch Brittany Ferries docking and departing as you dine!

Everest Spice

Some of the finest Nepalese and Indian cuisine, this popular eatery is located on Plymouth Hoe, which offers a super after-dinner walk.

Woodlands Theme Park

The kids (and you!) will love it here: Woodlands is packed with adventure opportunities and is the largest theme park in the whole of Devon.

Salumi Bar and Eatery

A favourite among tourists and locals alike, Salumi offers a host of creative dishes and a warm welcome to all. Check out the sharing boards.

Jolly Jack’s

Enjoy a light bite harbourside at Jolly Jack’s. This modern bar and bistro always has a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

Quay 33

Amazing local food with great service: Quay 33 is always a popular choice with locals, thanks to its warm, welcoming atmosphere.

The Clovelly Bay Inn

Set on the waterfront in the fishing village of Turnchapel, this family-run real ale pub offers good food, live music and ale festivals.

The Royal William Yard

This historic victualling yard offers something for everyone, from amazing dockyard architecture to a host of big-name bars and restaurants.

Staddon Heights Golf Club

Staddon Heights is a stunning 18-hole cliff top course. The club has wonderful views along the Devon and Cornwall coastline, Plymouth Sound, the City of Plymouth and inland over the Dartmoor and Bodmin hills. Visitors and Societies welcome.


Helping you get about while you’re holidaying, Avis hires out a large fleet of vehicles at very reasonable prices.

Plymouth Bike Hire

The beautiful Plym Valley Trail is your route to discovering Dartmoor. Plymouth Bike Hire at Coypool Park and Ride has free parking and bikes, trikes, tags, trailers and electric bikes for all the family. Come and ride the traffic free trail.

The Fisherman’s Arms

Tuck into a plate of superb pub grub at one of Plymouth’s oldest watering holes – a real hidden gem, tucked away around the corner from the Barbican’s main drag.

Buckfast Abbey

Explore this active Benedictine monastery which rose up from the ruins of an ancient medieval monastery.

Pennywell Farm

There’s something for the whole family at this beautiful organic farm, including shows and displays every single day.

Plymouth Gin

Visit the historic Plymouth Gin distillery and see where the magic happens: don’t forget to take a bottle home!

Eden Project

Explore the beautiful biomes and even take in a live music performance at this iconic Cornish attraction.

Plymouth Hoe

Enjoy the vast expanse of Plymouth Hoe with spectacular views across Plymouth Sound. Take the chance to explore the iconic Smeaton’s Tower while you’re there!

The Eddystone Inn

Whether its the height of summer and you want to enjoy a nice cold pint and some delicious local food on our panoramic ocean-view terrace, or find shelter after a winter walk inside our warm and cosy pub in front of our roaring log burner during the winter. The Eddy can be the perfect place to relax for either. Located on the SW Coast Path in Heybrook Bay 

 These are some of our favourite places to eat and recommendations on things to see and do in the local area or Plymouth, if you have any specific requests, let us know and we will do our best to help!