Activities in Plymouth and Devon
A wander through the Barbican's tiny cobbled lanes will take you to the hidden Elizabethan House and its peaceful gardens, or you could take a tour of Plymouth Gin (the oldest working gin distillery in the world!).
The National Maritime Aquarium is also on the Barbican and includes the best collection of sharks and manta rays in Europe, the UK's largest collection of marine life in over 50 tanks, and a 4D cinema.
Plymouth's City Museum and Art Gallery contains collections of fine art, decorative art, human history and natural history, and is complemented by changing exhibitions touring from national galleries.
On Plymouth Hoe, you can admire the views from the top of iconic Smeaton's Tower, and the spot where Sir Francis Drake famously finished his game of bowls before defeating the Spanish Armada, take a walk along the Victorian promenade with an ice cream, or a dip in the renovated art-deco Tinside Outdoor Pool.
Saltram House and Gardens is a wonderful National Trust property which can be reached by foot or bicycle along a riverside path, or in a few minutes by car. It has lovely landscaped gardens and an impressive Georgian House which was the location for Sense and Sensibility.
You could also take a short ferry ride to Mount Edgcumbe to explore its beautiful house and gardens, and to enjoy some glorious coastal paths with stunning sea views. There is also a beautiful coastal path to be found from the marina itself, following Plymouth Sound and the coast towards the River Yealm, with access to several tiny beaches along the way.
On any day of the week or year, you will find plenty of entertainment in Plymouth. There is a multiplex cinema and ten pin bowling at theBarbican Leisure Park, and an interesting calendar of performances at the Theatre Royal, Drum Theatre and Plymouth Arts Centre.
Staddon Heights Golf Club welcomes visitors, and offers 18 holes of golf with fantastic views over Plymouth Sound. Own equipment required.
Fort Stamford Health & Fitness Centre has a gym, aerobics studio, squash courts, pool and beauty therapies. Visitors are welcome and there are a variety of activities taking place each day and evening.
Children will enjoy a visit to Plymouth Pavilions which has both an indoor ice rink and a fun pool with water slides. And for something a bit different - you could spend the day at the Ski & Snowboard Centre practising your turns on a dry ski slope!