Things to do in Plymouth

I keep reading lists of things to do in Canada and in specific areas and found it great to get ideas for my geeky tourist list of things to do.  Given how useful I have found other peoples lists, I thought I would write one for Plymouth based on the things I enjoy doing in my home town.  So here goes, Things to do in Plymouth. 

  • Wembury Beach – fantastic at the beginning and end of beach season for walks on the coastal path, barbecues on the beach and a hot chocolate in the little beach cafe
  • Saltram House – great place for a run or a walk around the grounds, there is a National Trust run cafe, shop (great for random gifts) and the main Saltram House to look around if you like a bit of history
  • Smeatons Tower – the good old Lighthouse on the Hoe in Plymouth.  I actually have not been here for years and years.  Writing this now, I think I am going to make it a mission to go before I leave….
  • The Barbican – a nice place to go for a stroll, lots of little cafes, fish and chip shops, ice cream parlours and nick nacky trinkety shops.  By night, The Barbican turns into a great place for a night out.  If it is a Bank Holiday, you are in for a real treat.  Just turn up and watch the locals in their natural habitat 😉 
  • The National Marine Aquarium – Not actually my favourite thing to do I must say, but I guess it should go on a list of things to do in Plymouth
  • Burrator Reservoir – This is about 30 minutes out of Plymouth towards the moors.  A lovely walk at any time of year – in the summer there is an ice cream van.  It is about four miles around the reservoir, run it, walk it, cycle it.  Enjoy.  (oh and dont forget your wellies if it has been raining!)
  • Princetown – this village is a bit further on than Burrator and has a some nice pubs and moorland for walking, sunbathing or just enjoing a malibu and coke (pint if you prefer) in the sunshine.  Princetown is also the home of the notorious HMP Dartmoor and the Prison museum.  A favourite of mine.  Prisons and prison museums a plenty are on my list of things to do in Canada
  • The Cremyll Ferry – a little ferry that runs in the summer taking you from Plymouth to Mount Edgecumbe.  A country house, gardens and a nice pub for a day out.  There are also activities such as golf and segway
  • Burgh Island – this is a bit of a mission, but a nice day/ afternoon out.  Burgh Island is on the beach at Bigbury On Sea.  At low tide, you can walk across to the island, there is a pub, a nice hill to climb up with great views and a posh, expensive art deco hotel (I have always wanted to stay, but am yet to come into enough disposable income!).  If the tide is high, you can get a sea tractor across

Well there you go, a few things that are nice to do in Plymouth.  Whilst visting, you should also ensure you have fish and chips by the sea front, a pasty and some nice devonshire cream and ice cream – keep an eye out for Langage Farm ice cream, it is a personal favourite.  There are more touristy things like a museum and I am sure there are some other sensible art gallery type things, but these walks and outdoor spots are the places you will remember, you will take photos and you will just stand and appreciate the views and the experience.


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