Plymouth attractions

Top Choice Aquarium in Plymouth

National Marine Aquarium

The UK's biggest – and perhaps best – aquarium is lodged beside the Barbican harbour. There's a huge amount to see, but the highlight is the impressive Atlantic Ocean tank, the deepest in the UK, with over 2 million…
Top Choice Market in Plymouth

Plymouth Fish Market

Around 60,000 tonnes of fish pass through this market, making it the second biggest by volume in England after London's Billingsgate. It's an amazing sight when it's in full flow. Tours can be arranged with the harb…
Top Choice Landmark in Plymouth

Plymouth Hoe

Francis Drake supposedly spied the Spanish fleet from this grassy headland overlooking Plymouth Sound (the city's wide bay); the bowling green on which he continued to finish his game after the sighting was probably…
Top Choice Area in Plymouth

Barbican

For a glimpse of ancient Plymouth, head down to this historic harbour area, where part-cobbled streets are lined with Tudor and Jacobean buildings, and old dockside warehouses have been turned into bars, restaurants…
Top Choice Distillery in Plymouth

Plymouth Gin Distillery

This heavily beamed distillery has been concocting gin since 1793, making it the oldest working producer of the spirit in England. Four to six tours per day thread past the stills and take in a tutored tasting befor…
Monument in Plymouth

Mayflower Steps

The Mayflower Steps mark the approximate final UK departure point of the Pilgrim Fathers – the band of settlers who founded New England's first permanent colony at Plymouth (Massachusetts) in 1620. Having left South…
Lighthouse in Plymouth

Smeaton's Tower

The red-and-white stripes of Smeaton's Tower rise from the middle of the Plymouth Hoe headland. For an insight into past lighthouse keepers' lives, head up 93 stone steps and through the circular rooms to emerge on …
Memorial in Plymouth

Plymouth Naval Memorial

The immense Plymouth Naval Memorial commemorates Commonwealth WWI and WWII sailors who have no grave but the sea.
Museum in Plymouth

City Museum & Art Gallery

Plymouth's main museum was closed for a multi-million-pound redevelopment at the time of writing. It's set to reopen in 2020, with the transformation of a clutch of existing buildings into a high-tech history centre…
Museum in Plymouth

Mayflower Museum

A child-friendly jaunt through the story behind the sailing to America of the Pilgrim Fathers aboard the Mayflower in 1620. It makes good use of cartoons, sound effects and hands-on gizmos; the centrepiece is a metr…