Plymouth in Two Days

Start at the city's spiritual heart, Plymouth Hoe; the spot where Sir Francis Drake is said to have spotted the Spanish Armada has expansive sea views. Climb Smeaton's Tower for insights into lighthouse keepers' lives and even wider vistas. Next, drop by Tinside Lido for a chilly, al fresco dip then stroll over to Plymouth's Barbican to see the Mayflower Steps. Devour a quick but gourmet sandwich at Rockets & Rascals, then it's into the Gin Distillery for a (prebooked) tour and a tipple. After a top-notch dinner at Rock Salt, it might be time for a pint with the locals at the Dolphin or a spot of cabaret and dancing at Annabel's.

Day two sees you hopping on a boat trip of the harbour, before an open-air lunch at legendary food-stall Cap'n Jaspers or indoors at chippy Harbourside. Next it's live fish, sharks and rays galore at the National Marine Aquarium, before heading to the stylish Royal William Yard for drinks at Vignoble.