With some top child-friendly attractions and a wonderful outdoor pool, Plymouth is a family-friendly city. Summer is especially appealing – a greater number of boat rides operate and there's ample opportunity for getting out on the water.

Accommodation & Facilities

The bigger city hotels welcome families with children, often providing cots or put-up beds. Some B&Bs will be able to fit extra beds in too.

The city’s Drake Circus shopping centre, the bigger attractions and department stores all have good baby-changing facilities. Many cafes, especially around the Hoe and waterfront, offer reasonable children's menus.

Child-friendly Sights & Activities

National Marine Aquarium Hugely youngster-friendly displays and information, plus sharks, rays and Nemo-esque fish.

Tinside Lido Superb hot-weather fun; includes child-friendly shallows and swim aids.

Plymouth Hoe Broad water-view park includes Pitch & Putt golf and, at West Hoe, a pirate-themed play zone (expect crazy golf and remote-controlled boats and cars).

Smeaton's Tower All age groups enjoy clambering up this lighthouse.

Plymouth Boat Trips Entertaining warship cruises and, via the Cawsand Ferry, a boat ride to a sandy beach.

Mount Batten Centre Older kids and teenagers can learn to sail, stand-up paddleboard and kayak.