Plymouth's innovative History Centre is set to open in 2020. Until then, look out for Museum on Tour events (www.plymhearts.org) and other heritage sights.

Mayflower Steps The departure point (more or less) of America's founding Pilgrim Fathers in 1620.

Barbican The city’s heritage district; full of alleyways, historic buildings and cobbled streets.

Plymouth Hoe A broad, grassy headland with cracking sea views and heaps of statues and historic monuments.

Smeaton's Tower Climbing this red-and-white striped former lighthouse reveals an intriguing past and gives wraparound views.

Plymouth Gin Distillery A tour around England’s oldest gin distillery uncovers beams, a rich heritage and tasting tips.

The Outdoors

Tinside Lido A gorgeous al fresco swim spot, this jazz-age pool is tucked in under Plymouth Hoe.

Mount Batten Centre Offers lessons in sailing, windsurfing and kayaking.

Southwest SUP Try your luck at stand-up paddleboarding in Plymouth Sound.

Plymouth Boat Trips Climb aboard for views of the Royal Navy base and trips up the River Tamar.

Rockets & Rascals A cool cafe that also hires out bikes – perfect for a waterfront pedal.


Rock Salt A multi-award-winning neighbourhood eatery, excelling at everything from brunch to superb bistro fare.

Rockfish Bright, informal waterfront dining specialising in sustainable, just-caught seafood.

Greedy Goose Plymouth's premier fine-dining venue: elegant cuisine in an exquisite historic house.

Supha's Street Emporium Fun little eatery selling top-notch Thai-style street food.


Lyric The main venue at Plymouth's Theatre Royal stages major touring musicals, opera and ballet.

Drum The Theatre Royal's studio space has a good reputation for showcasing edgier works.

House Plymouth University's performing-arts centre is strong on dance and experimental pieces.

Plymouth Arts Centre Excellent programming of art-house movies, plus a gallery space.