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Relax with a latte or organic juice in one of the bustling Plymouth city centre art house cafes or people-watch with a tasty shake in one of the more relaxing cafes on the waterfront. Laid back, funky, cosmopolitan, hip and cool, cafes in Plymouth are a great place to unwind. Whether you want to check your emails in a WiFi cafe, chat with friends over jazz in one of the open air cafes or indulge in a traditional cream tea with oodles of Devonshire clotted cream at one of the many specialist tea rooms, Plymouth has them all. There is a fantastic mix of restaurants in Plymouth to suit all tastes with established national chains, a vibrant independent restaurant sector, and a selection of restaurants which reflect all of the major cuisines of the world. Plymouth is well known for its ‘quintessentially English’ reputation and is a great place for traditional English fare such as cream teas, fish and chips, lobster and dressed crab, and local beef, game and poultry. And there is much more to Plymouth’s restaurant scene – with a great diversity of places to eat out in Plymouth serving a variety of international flavours. From Italian, French, Greek and Spanish to Thai, Japanese, Moroccan, Mexican and Indian restaurants in Plymouth, there really is something to suit all tastes.
Cafe/Wine bar - lovely place.
Just Be
3 Old Ferry Rd
Cafe/Wine bar - lovely place.
Delicious meals are made with locally sourced ingredients and are prepared the way wholesome meals should be. They offer a range of pub classics, as well as British and European favourites, served to order, piping hot and full of flavour. Recently decorated and modernised for comfort, our lounge boasts The Ferry House Inn's rich history, with dark wood and a real log fire.
Ferry House Inn
888 Wolseley Rd
Delicious meals are made with locally sourced ingredients and are prepared the way wholesome meals should be. They offer a range of pub classics, as well as British and European favourites, served to order, piping hot and full of flavour. Recently decorated and modernised for comfort, our lounge boasts The Ferry House Inn's rich history, with dark wood and a real log fire.
Pizza Hut Delivery
642 Wolseley Rd
It is just a lovely restaurant with great service and food
Kuku Sushi Bar & Robata
19 Princess St
It is just a lovely restaurant with great service and food
Lovely seafood restaurant
Quay 33
33 Southside Street
Lovely seafood restaurant
Another of the city’s oldest seafood restaurants, the focus here is all on the fish. Head inside the cosy Barbican restaurant and enjoy great tasting plates of food. You can enjoy crispy battered fish and chips, grilled fish fillets, seafood pasta and paella. Starters include classics like bouillabaisse and moules mariniere too.
Platters Restaurant
12 The Barbican
Another of the city’s oldest seafood restaurants, the focus here is all on the fish. Head inside the cosy Barbican restaurant and enjoy great tasting plates of food. You can enjoy crispy battered fish and chips, grilled fish fillets, seafood pasta and paella. Starters include classics like bouillabaisse and moules mariniere too.
Best Burger in town Hot dogs Jasperizers
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Cap'n Jaspers
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Best Burger in town Hot dogs Jasperizers
The Greedy Goose opened in November 2014 and is owned by Francesca & Ben Palmer. Francesca will be there to welcome you at the front of house with her team of friendly staff, while Ben and his brigade of chefs look after the kitchen, preparing modern, modest and flavoursome dishes. Ben brings years of experience and awards to his kitchen and he specialises in using local, seasonal produce to create memorable flavours. Ben has worked with some of Britain’s most respected chefs, who have all played an important part in his career and achievements. He was also a quarter finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals, in 2011. The Greedy Goose has retained two AA rosettes, since being awarded them in November of 2014; just weeks after opening.
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The Greedy Goose
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The Greedy Goose opened in November 2014 and is owned by Francesca & Ben Palmer. Francesca will be there to welcome you at the front of house with her team of friendly staff, while Ben and his brigade of chefs look after the kitchen, preparing modern, modest and flavoursome dishes. Ben brings years of experience and awards to his kitchen and he specialises in using local, seasonal produce to create memorable flavours. Ben has worked with some of Britain’s most respected chefs, who have all played an important part in his career and achievements. He was also a quarter finalist on MasterChef: The Professionals, in 2011. The Greedy Goose has retained two AA rosettes, since being awarded them in November of 2014; just weeks after opening.
Housed in the world famous Plymouth Gin Distillery, Barbican Kitchen was established in 2006 by the Tanner Brothers, Chris and James. Our aim is to deliver fresh local food at a realistic price. Barbican Kitchen takes full advantage of the superb larder here in the Westcountry. With the menu showcasing stunning local meats, vegetables & top quality fish from our fantastic network of suppliers. We can cater for all your requirements and don’t forget kids under 5 eat for free!
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The Barbican Kitchen
60 Southside St
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Housed in the world famous Plymouth Gin Distillery, Barbican Kitchen was established in 2006 by the Tanner Brothers, Chris and James. Our aim is to deliver fresh local food at a realistic price. Barbican Kitchen takes full advantage of the superb larder here in the Westcountry. With the menu showcasing stunning local meats, vegetables & top quality fish from our fantastic network of suppliers. We can cater for all your requirements and don’t forget kids under 5 eat for free!
Quirky and fun coffee shop on Plymouth's Barbican.
The Flower Cafe
46 Southside St
Quirky and fun coffee shop on Plymouth's Barbican.
Traditional Devonshire Cream Tea, Sandwiches, Breakfasts
The Strand Tea Rooms
24 New St
Traditional Devonshire Cream Tea, Sandwiches, Breakfasts
Traditional Devonshire Cream Tea, Sandwiches, Breakfasts
Monty's Café
13 The Barbican
Traditional Devonshire Cream Tea, Sandwiches, Breakfasts
Handmade Chocolate & Cakes
Chocaccino
58 Southside St
Handmade Chocolate & Cakes
Ice Cream Parlour
Pilgrims Ice Cream
9 The Barbican
Ice Cream Parlour
Seafood
The Harbour Seafood Restaurant & Takeaway
Seafood
If you’re looking for a unique location for a romantic evening, the Artillery Tower restaurant is it! Set on the sea wall overlooking Plymouth Sound, Drake’s Island and Mount Edgcumbe and just one minute walk from Royal William Yard the restaurant is housed within a 15th century tower with exposed walls, walnut ceilings and a wood burning stove. With a delicious menu focused on local ingredients from artisan producers it’s fit for a perfect date.
The Artillery Tower
If you’re looking for a unique location for a romantic evening, the Artillery Tower restaurant is it! Set on the sea wall overlooking Plymouth Sound, Drake’s Island and Mount Edgcumbe and just one minute walk from Royal William Yard the restaurant is housed within a 15th century tower with exposed walls, walnut ceilings and a wood burning stove. With a delicious menu focused on local ingredients from artisan producers it’s fit for a perfect date.
Not a restaurant, but a wine experience that serves delicious Tapas, Le Vignoble is a wine bar with a difference, great for enjoying a glass of wine and some nibbles with your partner. With over 180 wines and champagnes from around the world to choose from, and the opportunity to try a taster using their wine serving machines you can have a fantastic time trying out new wines together.
Le Vignoble
Not a restaurant, but a wine experience that serves delicious Tapas, Le Vignoble is a wine bar with a difference, great for enjoying a glass of wine and some nibbles with your partner. With over 180 wines and champagnes from around the world to choose from, and the opportunity to try a taster using their wine serving machines you can have a fantastic time trying out new wines together.
The Barbican, Plymouth These traditional tea rooms are set in listed premises dating from 1640 when New Street…
The Tudor Rose Tearooms & Garden
36 New St
The Barbican, Plymouth These traditional tea rooms are set in listed premises dating from 1640 when New Street…
The Mission
Along Southside Street, you’ll find this relaxed restaurant with a great reputation for serving up quality fish and seafood dishes – with a Grecian twist. One of Plymouth’s oldest seafood restaurants, they’ve been serving up delicious food for more than 27 years. Why not try the fisherman’s platter, featuring tiger prawns, scallops, mussels, calamari and more!
The Village Restaurant
32 Southside St
Along Southside Street, you’ll find this relaxed restaurant with a great reputation for serving up quality fish and seafood dishes – with a Grecian twist. One of Plymouth’s oldest seafood restaurants, they’ve been serving up delicious food for more than 27 years. Why not try the fisherman’s platter, featuring tiger prawns, scallops, mussels, calamari and more!
Mitch Tonks’ Plymouth restaurant has beautiful harbour views and serves up delicious fresh fish dishes, from traditional fish and chips to fritto misto, prawn tacos and Jersey Rock oysters. They also offer a local fish menu, which changes daily depending on the catch of the day.
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Rockfish
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Mitch Tonks’ Plymouth restaurant has beautiful harbour views and serves up delicious fresh fish dishes, from traditional fish and chips to fritto misto, prawn tacos and Jersey Rock oysters. They also offer a local fish menu, which changes daily depending on the catch of the day.
You’ll find this welcoming, family-run restaurant in Plymouth city centre, just a five minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Drake Circus. There’s lots of gluten free options, a great selection of wines – and plenty of fantastic fish dishes on the menu too, including fish stew, swordfish steak and a seafood platter.
The Chancel
You’ll find this welcoming, family-run restaurant in Plymouth city centre, just a five minute walk from the hustle and bustle of Drake Circus. There’s lots of gluten free options, a great selection of wines – and plenty of fantastic fish dishes on the menu too, including fish stew, swordfish steak and a seafood platter.
The Terrace Cafe Bar Restaurant is tucked away on the cliff face of the Plymouth Hoe. This is the best place for eating out in Plymouth whilst enjoying it's best view. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as having a fully licensed bar. Our aim is to create a relaxing atmosphere with soothing chill out music and STUNNING panoramic world class views over the water. We aim to create VALUE for our customers while still using FRESH ingredients in all our food. There really is no better way to spend a warm summers evening than having some great food, a glass of wine and watching the sun set with a live band playing relaxing music, so come down meet our friendly staff and Share the View! The Terrace Cafe also does a selection of hot and cold food, as well as a range of beverages. Why not sip on one of our delicious filter coffees while you enjoy the stunning scenery? There really is something for everyone at The Terrace Cafe! We even offer a selection of tasty meals for the little ones (and also a whopping thick milkshake if they're on their best behaviour!). So why not stop by the Terrace Cafe next time you're in the area? Believe me, after you've sampled one of our coffees, you'll be pleased you did! To book a table, please call 01752 603533
The Terrace
The Terrace Cafe Bar Restaurant is tucked away on the cliff face of the Plymouth Hoe. This is the best place for eating out in Plymouth whilst enjoying it's best view. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as having a fully licensed bar. Our aim is to create a relaxing atmosphere with soothing chill out music and STUNNING panoramic world class views over the water. We aim to create VALUE for our customers while still using FRESH ingredients in all our food. There really is no better way to spend a warm summers evening than having some great food, a glass of wine and watching the sun set with a live band playing relaxing music, so come down meet our friendly staff and Share the View! The Terrace Cafe also does a selection of hot and cold food, as well as a range of beverages. Why not sip on one of our delicious filter coffees while you enjoy the stunning scenery? There really is something for everyone at The Terrace Cafe! We even offer a selection of tasty meals for the little ones (and also a whopping thick milkshake if they're on their best behaviour!). So why not stop by the Terrace Cafe next time you're in the area? Believe me, after you've sampled one of our coffees, you'll be pleased you did! To book a table, please call 01752 603533
Entertainment & Activities
www.barbicanwaterfront.com/attractions/
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National Marine Aquarium
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Dartmoor Zoo
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Theatre Royal Plymouth
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www.edenproject.com/visit The Eden Project is a popular visitor attraction in Cornwall, England, UK. Inside the two biomes are plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. The project is located in a reclaimed china clay pit, located 2 km from the town of St Blazey and 5 km from the larger town of St Austell.
Eden project
www.edenproject.com/visit The Eden Project is a popular visitor attraction in Cornwall, England, UK. Inside the two biomes are plants that are collected from many diverse climates and environments. The project is located in a reclaimed china clay pit, located 2 km from the town of St Blazey and 5 km from the larger town of St Austell.
The South Wests' only Artisan Gin Shop and Bar As well as being the home to our very own Barbican Botanics Gin, we stock, sell and serve over 160 of the UKs finest Artisan Gins. Our bar is located within our ground floor shop where our knowledgeable team will help guide you through our vast selection of Gin and prepare your perfect serve. On the first floor is our relaxed chill out room, or if the weather is good why not enjoy your G&T in our secluded Gin Garden Please note - we are a small venue and our priority is to ensure you have the opportunity to enjoy your visit. Reservations are recommended for Friday and Saturday evenings but we only take reservations on Friday and Saturday evenings for a maximum of 6 people. We want you to enjoy your visit and to help ensure this is the case we have a seated policy, i.e. when all seats are taken, we are full and unfortunately may have to restrict entry.
The Barbican Botanics Gin Room
38 New St
The South Wests' only Artisan Gin Shop and Bar As well as being the home to our very own Barbican Botanics Gin, we stock, sell and serve over 160 of the UKs finest Artisan Gins. Our bar is located within our ground floor shop where our knowledgeable team will help guide you through our vast selection of Gin and prepare your perfect serve. On the first floor is our relaxed chill out room, or if the weather is good why not enjoy your G&T in our secluded Gin Garden Please note - we are a small venue and our priority is to ensure you have the opportunity to enjoy your visit. Reservations are recommended for Friday and Saturday evenings but we only take reservations on Friday and Saturday evenings for a maximum of 6 people. We want you to enjoy your visit and to help ensure this is the case we have a seated policy, i.e. when all seats are taken, we are full and unfortunately may have to restrict entry.
A step back in time. On 6th September 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers left Plymouth, England on board of The Mayflower to cross the Atlantic Ocean and settle down in North America. The ‘Steps’ today consist of a commemorative portico with Doric columns of Portland stone that was built in 1934.
The Mayflower Museum
3-5 The Barbican
A step back in time. On 6th September 1620, the Pilgrim Fathers left Plymouth, England on board of The Mayflower to cross the Atlantic Ocean and settle down in North America. The ‘Steps’ today consist of a commemorative portico with Doric columns of Portland stone that was built in 1934.
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Dartmoor Prison Museum
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The new interactive exhibition space in the Visitor and Learning Centre tells the story of the bridges and celebrates their engineering legacy. The Centre will offer a range of workshops for schools and provide guided tours for the public. The Visitor and Learning Centre will be open free of charge, daily to the public, from 10am until 4pm and full details can be found at www.bridgingthetamar.org.uk.
Tamar Bridge Visitor Centre
The new interactive exhibition space in the Visitor and Learning Centre tells the story of the bridges and celebrates their engineering legacy. The Centre will offer a range of workshops for schools and provide guided tours for the public. The Visitor and Learning Centre will be open free of charge, daily to the public, from 10am until 4pm and full details can be found at www.bridgingthetamar.org.uk.
The Barcode is now open, a £53m leisure and entertainment development in Plymouth. With over 400 new car parking spaces, a Cineworld cinema as well as Paradise Island Adventure Golf, there’s plenty of things to do. The Barcode is set to become a major visitor attraction in Plymouth and includes restaurants such as Nando’s, Zizzi’s, The Cosy Club, and Five Guys.
The Barcode
11 Bretonside
The Barcode is now open, a £53m leisure and entertainment development in Plymouth. With over 400 new car parking spaces, a Cineworld cinema as well as Paradise Island Adventure Golf, there’s plenty of things to do. The Barcode is set to become a major visitor attraction in Plymouth and includes restaurants such as Nando’s, Zizzi’s, The Cosy Club, and Five Guys.
Set in a beautiful location overlooking the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe and voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe, Tinside Lido is an attraction not to be missed. Built in 1935, Tinside is a slice of the quintessential British seaside from a bygone era. The Lido is a wonderful example of art-deco style and is Grade II listed. Open during the Summer months this fantastic outdoor salt water swimming pool offers both local people and visitors to Plymouth beautiful surround in which to swim, sunbathe and watch the world go by.
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Tinside Lido
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Set in a beautiful location overlooking the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe and voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe, Tinside Lido is an attraction not to be missed. Built in 1935, Tinside is a slice of the quintessential British seaside from a bygone era. The Lido is a wonderful example of art-deco style and is Grade II listed. Open during the Summer months this fantastic outdoor salt water swimming pool offers both local people and visitors to Plymouth beautiful surround in which to swim, sunbathe and watch the world go by.
Escape Rooms Plymouth Have you tried “Live” escape games before ? No? Then we believe you should! Our games are very popular. We suggest you play “Germ” first. It’s a thrilling game suitable for all ages. “Germ” is an ideal taster before you challenge yourselves against our other games. Based on the online virtual games. Escape Rooms is a real-life room escape game which requires players to work together to solve hidden puzzles to escape a locked-in themed room, before the 1 hour timer runs out. This exciting new concept, brings the popular online game into real life and gives players the opportunity to use their intuition, teamwork skills and intelligence to accomplish a unique and challenging task. The game is incredibly popular in Asia, the US and several European countries. Thousands of people have played worldwide and 99% say they would visit again.
Escape Rooms Plymouth
14-17 Manor St
Escape Rooms Plymouth Have you tried “Live” escape games before ? No? Then we believe you should! Our games are very popular. We suggest you play “Germ” first. It’s a thrilling game suitable for all ages. “Germ” is an ideal taster before you challenge yourselves against our other games. Based on the online virtual games. Escape Rooms is a real-life room escape game which requires players to work together to solve hidden puzzles to escape a locked-in themed room, before the 1 hour timer runs out. This exciting new concept, brings the popular online game into real life and gives players the opportunity to use their intuition, teamwork skills and intelligence to accomplish a unique and challenging task. The game is incredibly popular in Asia, the US and several European countries. Thousands of people have played worldwide and 99% say they would visit again.
Welcome to Adventure Segway. We’ve got a whole load of fun lined up. Discover a place of stunning natural beauty and follow the thousands who have taken the step to a more adventurous discovery. Every adventure starts with a first step. After you’re one on one training with an instructor head into our Segway Skills assault course. Navigate through a series of precision based challenges, ramps, balance beams and limbo! After you’ve mastered new skills in our assault course – venture out and glide for miles on our instructor-led Wildlife or Coastal expedition! Coastal Expedition Discover the formal side to Mount Edgcumbe and explore acres of ancient woodlands and gardens. Get up close to the magnificent house and glide effortlessly from beach to beach along the Cornish coastline to Cremyll. Then, if you’re up for it – follow your guide off road. Slalom around trees, traverse the hills and finish with more technical features. Whether you like your thrills wild or mild, you’ll find your level of fun here. Wildlife Expedition Escape to the summit of Mount Edgcumbe and you’ll discover the most captivating sights. Look out to Dartmoor, trade in the distractions of everyday life and glide like you mean it across the Grotton Plantation in search of hundreds of animals – including wild fallow deer. This journey also includes a stop at Red Seat – one of the most spectacular viewing platforms looking out over Plymouth’s famous breakwater.
Adventure Segway
Welcome to Adventure Segway. We’ve got a whole load of fun lined up. Discover a place of stunning natural beauty and follow the thousands who have taken the step to a more adventurous discovery. Every adventure starts with a first step. After you’re one on one training with an instructor head into our Segway Skills assault course. Navigate through a series of precision based challenges, ramps, balance beams and limbo! After you’ve mastered new skills in our assault course – venture out and glide for miles on our instructor-led Wildlife or Coastal expedition! Coastal Expedition Discover the formal side to Mount Edgcumbe and explore acres of ancient woodlands and gardens. Get up close to the magnificent house and glide effortlessly from beach to beach along the Cornish coastline to Cremyll. Then, if you’re up for it – follow your guide off road. Slalom around trees, traverse the hills and finish with more technical features. Whether you like your thrills wild or mild, you’ll find your level of fun here. Wildlife Expedition Escape to the summit of Mount Edgcumbe and you’ll discover the most captivating sights. Look out to Dartmoor, trade in the distractions of everyday life and glide like you mean it across the Grotton Plantation in search of hundreds of animals – including wild fallow deer. This journey also includes a stop at Red Seat – one of the most spectacular viewing platforms looking out over Plymouth’s famous breakwater.
The Arts Institute (formerly Peninsula Arts) is the wide-ranging public arts programme of the University of Plymouth which plays a pivotal role in building culture and art in the city and South West region, supporting established, new and emerging artists from around the world. The programme includes exhibitions, dance, films, music, performance and talks. The Arts Institute is the largest contemporary art space in Plymouth based in the Roland Levinsky Building on the University campus. Free Admission to the Gallery Ticket Prices vary for films, concerts, performances and talks see our website for more details.
The Arts Institute
The Arts Institute (formerly Peninsula Arts) is the wide-ranging public arts programme of the University of Plymouth which plays a pivotal role in building culture and art in the city and South West region, supporting established, new and emerging artists from around the world. The programme includes exhibitions, dance, films, music, performance and talks. The Arts Institute is the largest contemporary art space in Plymouth based in the Roland Levinsky Building on the University campus. Free Admission to the Gallery Ticket Prices vary for films, concerts, performances and talks see our website for more details.
Plymouth Arts Cinema is passionate about films, and we want as many people as possible to experience cinema and feel inspired, challenged and thrilled by what they encounter. Plymouth Arts Cinema has an established history in the city since 1947. In early 2019 we moved from our original home of Plymouth Arts Centre on Looe street, to Plymouth College of Art’s main campus at Tavistock Place. You can expect a warm welcome at our brand new, custom built 118 seat cinema. From foreign and arthouse films to more mainstream fare, the Plymouth Arts Centre Cinema programmer Anna Navas picks the best of what’s around, along with the occasional classic to enjoy on the big screen. So take a glass of wine, beer or a hot drink from the café-bar into the cinema, relax into the comfy seats, and enjoy the film! To find out what’s coming up at Plymouth Arts Cinema, visit their website or call the Box Office on 01752 206114.
Plymouth Arts Cinema
38 Looe St
Plymouth Arts Cinema is passionate about films, and we want as many people as possible to experience cinema and feel inspired, challenged and thrilled by what they encounter. Plymouth Arts Cinema has an established history in the city since 1947. In early 2019 we moved from our original home of Plymouth Arts Centre on Looe street, to Plymouth College of Art’s main campus at Tavistock Place. You can expect a warm welcome at our brand new, custom built 118 seat cinema. From foreign and arthouse films to more mainstream fare, the Plymouth Arts Centre Cinema programmer Anna Navas picks the best of what’s around, along with the occasional classic to enjoy on the big screen. So take a glass of wine, beer or a hot drink from the café-bar into the cinema, relax into the comfy seats, and enjoy the film! To find out what’s coming up at Plymouth Arts Cinema, visit their website or call the Box Office on 01752 206114.
This 17th-century village inn lies snugly amid the cottages and narrow and hilly cobbled streets of Calstock village centre. Built on 3 levels with beams and varished wood-planked floors throughout, the middle level inside the front door hosts the bar and main drinking area, with separate dining spaces either side.
The Boot Inn
This 17th-century village inn lies snugly amid the cottages and narrow and hilly cobbled streets of Calstock village centre. Built on 3 levels with beams and varished wood-planked floors throughout, the middle level inside the front door hosts the bar and main drinking area, with separate dining spaces either side.
Parks & Nature
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Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park
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Bigbury-on-Sea
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Well I think most people, if they’ve heard of Dartmoor, will have heard of Princetown! Most famous of course for it’s austere and forbidding prison which was built during the Napoleonic Wars, but also for being the place where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle found his inspiration when he came up with the idea of writing Hound of the Baskervilles.
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Princetown
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Well I think most people, if they’ve heard of Dartmoor, will have heard of Princetown! Most famous of course for it’s austere and forbidding prison which was built during the Napoleonic Wars, but also for being the place where Sir Arthur Conan Doyle found his inspiration when he came up with the idea of writing Hound of the Baskervilles.
Dartmoor National Park, Drake's Trail Cycle Path
Dartmoor With 368 square miles of unspoilt beauty, Dartmoor is the place to experience freedom - unadulterated, dramatic, and inspiring freedom. It’s the kind of place you can just venture into, camping out under the stars, or dipping into here and there to uncover hidden gems of pubs, culture and natural wonders. Dartmoor is the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England, and it really feels like it. History Dartmoor is a gift for lovers of ancient history. There’s plenty of evidence of prehistoric settlement around Dartmoor, with the Bronze Age period seeing a larger population moving into the area. From around 1000 BC much of the moor was abandoned due to cooler weather. In the Medieval period settlers returned to Dartmoor, continuing the practice of building houses from the area’s abundant resource – granite. Things to do With the largest concentration of Bronze Age remains in the UK, there is plenty for the modern antiquarian to discover on Dartmoor. But if you want something a little more exciting than Bronze Age barrows and spectacular scenery, there are plenty of outdoor activities to get your pulse racing. There are over 450 miles of public rights of way, so walkers and cyclists have lots to discover, but you can also choose to go climbing or canoeing. With rivers, dramatic Tors and rolling countryside, Dartmoor is one big adventure playground with something for everyone. And of course, nothing is more popular on Dartmoor than its wild ponies, so make sure you take the time to look out for these beautiful animals. Cycling on Dartmoor Cycling is a great way to explore Dartmoor and see large parts of the wonderful landscape. Travelling by bike allows you to easily stop and take in the amazing views and Tors which can be found across Dartmoor. For details on cycling routes in South Devon take a look at the cycle Devon website. Food and drink After a day canoeing, climbing or walking nothing can beat a hearty home cooked meal made from delicious and fresh local produce found in one of the many wonderful pubs dotted across Dartmoor.
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Dartmoor
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Dartmoor With 368 square miles of unspoilt beauty, Dartmoor is the place to experience freedom - unadulterated, dramatic, and inspiring freedom. It’s the kind of place you can just venture into, camping out under the stars, or dipping into here and there to uncover hidden gems of pubs, culture and natural wonders. Dartmoor is the largest and wildest area of open country in Southern England, and it really feels like it. History Dartmoor is a gift for lovers of ancient history. There’s plenty of evidence of prehistoric settlement around Dartmoor, with the Bronze Age period seeing a larger population moving into the area. From around 1000 BC much of the moor was abandoned due to cooler weather. In the Medieval period settlers returned to Dartmoor, continuing the practice of building houses from the area’s abundant resource – granite. Things to do With the largest concentration of Bronze Age remains in the UK, there is plenty for the modern antiquarian to discover on Dartmoor. But if you want something a little more exciting than Bronze Age barrows and spectacular scenery, there are plenty of outdoor activities to get your pulse racing. There are over 450 miles of public rights of way, so walkers and cyclists have lots to discover, but you can also choose to go climbing or canoeing. With rivers, dramatic Tors and rolling countryside, Dartmoor is one big adventure playground with something for everyone. And of course, nothing is more popular on Dartmoor than its wild ponies, so make sure you take the time to look out for these beautiful animals. Cycling on Dartmoor Cycling is a great way to explore Dartmoor and see large parts of the wonderful landscape. Travelling by bike allows you to easily stop and take in the amazing views and Tors which can be found across Dartmoor. For details on cycling routes in South Devon take a look at the cycle Devon website. Food and drink After a day canoeing, climbing or walking nothing can beat a hearty home cooked meal made from delicious and fresh local produce found in one of the many wonderful pubs dotted across Dartmoor.
A magnificent Georgian mansion and tranquil garden lie at the heart of this historic parkland. One of the Trust's hidden treasures, Saltram makes for a perfect family day out: close to Plymouth and yet in a world of its own. The magnificent house with its original contents gives a fascinating insight into rich and sophisticated country-estate life. A much loved green space of Plymouth, Saltram Park welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Whether they cycle, stroll, picnic, spot wildlife or give their four-legged friends a good run, all will agree that that this beautiful space is very special. Saltram’s historic parkland is a rare survival of an 18th-century estate, which at its height was made up of 4,000 acres of land and provided income for the Parker family and employment for many locals.The park continues to be a working estate today, with much of the land used as permanent pasture and cattle can often be found enjoying the sunshine in the fields around the house. There are 500 acres with a remarkable range of different habitats, including farmland, beaches, saltmarshes, meadows, woodland and an estuary, as well as the 18th century folly, known as the Amphitheatre. The rest of the park is enjoyed by locals who visit daily for a dog walk, cycle, run or just to take in the beautiful countryside without having to travel too far from Plymouth.
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Saltram Park
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A magnificent Georgian mansion and tranquil garden lie at the heart of this historic parkland. One of the Trust's hidden treasures, Saltram makes for a perfect family day out: close to Plymouth and yet in a world of its own. The magnificent house with its original contents gives a fascinating insight into rich and sophisticated country-estate life. A much loved green space of Plymouth, Saltram Park welcomes hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Whether they cycle, stroll, picnic, spot wildlife or give their four-legged friends a good run, all will agree that that this beautiful space is very special. Saltram’s historic parkland is a rare survival of an 18th-century estate, which at its height was made up of 4,000 acres of land and provided income for the Parker family and employment for many locals.The park continues to be a working estate today, with much of the land used as permanent pasture and cattle can often be found enjoying the sunshine in the fields around the house. There are 500 acres with a remarkable range of different habitats, including farmland, beaches, saltmarshes, meadows, woodland and an estuary, as well as the 18th century folly, known as the Amphitheatre. The rest of the park is enjoyed by locals who visit daily for a dog walk, cycle, run or just to take in the beautiful countryside without having to travel too far from Plymouth.
Seaton Valley Countryside Park covers over 53 hectares at the bottom of a steep sided wooded valley. There are various habitats to explore including a semi-ancient woodland, wet grassland and the river corridor. It is a great spot for watching various wildlife such as otters, kingfishers, dormice and fritillary butterflies. Other facilities include: outdoor gym, sensory garden, picnic area with benches and newly built toilet facilities.
Seaton Valley Countryside Park
Seaton Valley Countryside Park covers over 53 hectares at the bottom of a steep sided wooded valley. There are various habitats to explore including a semi-ancient woodland, wet grassland and the river corridor. It is a great spot for watching various wildlife such as otters, kingfishers, dormice and fritillary butterflies. Other facilities include: outdoor gym, sensory garden, picnic area with benches and newly built toilet facilities.
Cotehele is a medieval house with Tudor additions, situated in the parish of Calstock in the east of Cornwall, England. It is a rambling granite and slate-stone manor house on the banks of the River Tamar that has been little changed over five centuries. It was built by the Edgecumbe family in 1458 after the original Manor House was pulled down. Sir Richard Edgecumbe came into the property after fighting for Henry Tudor in the Battle of Bosworth. He was gifted with money and the original Manor House and estate and then proceeded to build Cotehele.
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Cotehele is a medieval house with Tudor additions, situated in the parish of Calstock in the east of Cornwall, England. It is a rambling granite and slate-stone manor house on the banks of the River Tamar that has been little changed over five centuries. It was built by the Edgecumbe family in 1458 after the original Manor House was pulled down. Sir Richard Edgecumbe came into the property after fighting for Henry Tudor in the Battle of Bosworth. He was gifted with money and the original Manor House and estate and then proceeded to build Cotehele.
This delightful little garden is an oasis of tranquility in a sea of shoppers and tourist activity,in a street that was new in the 16th century, when wealthy merchants built their houses here. Although a popular tourist stop it is tucked away, and can be quiet and completely empty even on a hot August day. Very low box hedges contain beds of colorful flowers and fragrant herbs in the old Elizabethan manner. Underfoot are cobbled paths and areas of old slate. Stone seats are very welcome to the weary shopper, although unfortunately this is not a place for those whose mobility is limited, as there are lots of stone steps and no room for ramps. Relaxing beside the cooling fountain, it is easy to think yourself back in Elizabethan Plymouth.
Elizabethan Gardens
34 New St
This delightful little garden is an oasis of tranquility in a sea of shoppers and tourist activity,in a street that was new in the 16th century, when wealthy merchants built their houses here. Although a popular tourist stop it is tucked away, and can be quiet and completely empty even on a hot August day. Very low box hedges contain beds of colorful flowers and fragrant herbs in the old Elizabethan manner. Underfoot are cobbled paths and areas of old slate. Stone seats are very welcome to the weary shopper, although unfortunately this is not a place for those whose mobility is limited, as there are lots of stone steps and no room for ramps. Relaxing beside the cooling fountain, it is easy to think yourself back in Elizabethan Plymouth.
Shopping
Shopping in Plymouth can be great fun: from famous brands such as Apple and Next to a host of more unusual independent boutique-style stores. The city centre benefits from wide pedestrianised tree-lined streets, al-fresco cafes and enough benches and seating to rest any shopaholic’s weary feet. Plymouth is the largest centre for shopping in the South West, outside of Bristol, and features many independent retailers as well as national brands and high street names in its varied shopping areas. Plymouth City Centre is a modern, pedestrianised area where visitors are encouraged to spend their time shopping without the need for transport. Offering shoppers a little bit of everything, Plymouth’s extensive range of shopping districts and markets is well laid out for easy access, not only for shopping, but also for making the most of the great range of restaurants, cafes and Plymouth’s entertainment venues and attractions.
Lots of shops all under one roof plus dog friendly too.
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Drake Circus
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Lots of shops all under one roof plus dog friendly too.
The Edinburgh Woollen Mill
20 The Barbican
City Centre If you’ve not got long to spend in our great little city by the sea, make sure to take time for some of our favourite city centre spots. The wide city centre pedestrianised streets are home to a fantastic array of high street brands and much loved independent stores providing everything from home wares and food and drink to clothes, jewellery and electricals. Luxury independent jeweller Michael Spiers, which has its flagship store on Cornwall Street, is the place Sir Alan Sugar chooses to shop for his watches. Drake Circus is the west country’s most popular shopping centre, with over 70 of the UK’s top brand names and biggest stores in the region. Find all of your big name brands under one roof,with M&S, Next. Boots, Cath Kidston, Joules, Skinnydip London and Pandora to name a few! The 150 stall Plymouth Market in the West End, home to incredible independent stores, is the place to head for fresh locally caught fish, fruit and veg, independent stores and stalls and a vibrant food and drink scene. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the food stalls, pick up the ingredients for your dinner or shop for clothes, crafts or beautiful jewellery, it’s all on offer. You'll also find amazing places to eat as well as a fantastic all year round event programme and activities. The new Drake Circus Leisure is due to open at the end of 2019, this new complex includes a 12-screen Cineworld cinema with IMAX digital screen and 15 restaurants and bars. Plymouth is well served by both public transport and car parks, making it easily accessible to all.
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City Centre If you’ve not got long to spend in our great little city by the sea, make sure to take time for some of our favourite city centre spots. The wide city centre pedestrianised streets are home to a fantastic array of high street brands and much loved independent stores providing everything from home wares and food and drink to clothes, jewellery and electricals. Luxury independent jeweller Michael Spiers, which has its flagship store on Cornwall Street, is the place Sir Alan Sugar chooses to shop for his watches. Drake Circus is the west country’s most popular shopping centre, with over 70 of the UK’s top brand names and biggest stores in the region. Find all of your big name brands under one roof,with M&S, Next. Boots, Cath Kidston, Joules, Skinnydip London and Pandora to name a few! The 150 stall Plymouth Market in the West End, home to incredible independent stores, is the place to head for fresh locally caught fish, fruit and veg, independent stores and stalls and a vibrant food and drink scene. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the food stalls, pick up the ingredients for your dinner or shop for clothes, crafts or beautiful jewellery, it’s all on offer. You'll also find amazing places to eat as well as a fantastic all year round event programme and activities. The new Drake Circus Leisure is due to open at the end of 2019, this new complex includes a 12-screen Cineworld cinema with IMAX digital screen and 15 restaurants and bars. Plymouth is well served by both public transport and car parks, making it easily accessible to all.
Essentials
Good quality affordable shopping
Lidl St Budeaux
Good quality affordable shopping
Tesco Superstore
Bubbles Launderette
56 Wilton St
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Cumberland Centre
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The Plymouth Barbican is a beautiful waterfront location full of history offering a diverse range of shopping experiences. A fine selection of pubs and restaurants are also waiting for you to enjoy.
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The Plymouth Barbican is a beautiful waterfront location full of history offering a diverse range of shopping experiences. A fine selection of pubs and restaurants are also waiting for you to enjoy.
Designed by Victorian architect Sir John Rennie and constructed between 1825 and 1831, Royal William Yard is steeped in history. Considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain, it is also the largest collection of Grade 1 listed military buildings in Europe. The Royal William Yard is a thriving hub for many Plymouth businesses and retailers. The Yard is one of Plymouth’s premier lifestyle destinations and is an arts and culture destination with regular public events taking place including outdoor theatre productions and open-air cinema, arts and crafts markets and the launch of Community Interest Company Ocean Studios offering opportunities for over 100 artists in residence. There’s also the Edward Waite Gallery and various artworks exhibited within Residence ONE.
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Designed by Victorian architect Sir John Rennie and constructed between 1825 and 1831, Royal William Yard is steeped in history. Considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain, it is also the largest collection of Grade 1 listed military buildings in Europe. The Royal William Yard is a thriving hub for many Plymouth businesses and retailers. The Yard is one of Plymouth’s premier lifestyle destinations and is an arts and culture destination with regular public events taking place including outdoor theatre productions and open-air cinema, arts and crafts markets and the launch of Community Interest Company Ocean Studios offering opportunities for over 100 artists in residence. There’s also the Edward Waite Gallery and various artworks exhibited within Residence ONE.
Plymouth Hoe is the natural heart of Plymouth with breath taking views across Plymouth Sound, one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world. Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse.
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The Hoe
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Plymouth Hoe is the natural heart of Plymouth with breath taking views across Plymouth Sound, one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world. Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse.
Discover Plymouth’s marine heritage, take a trip to Sutton Harbour and the Barbican, Royal William Yard or Mount Batten – all of which can be reached by ferries and water taxis as well as by bus and on foot. Whether it’s dazzling views you seek, a new dining or shopping experience you’re keen to enjoy or just want to learn some history, Plymouth’s Waterfront destinations offer something for everyone. Each part of the Waterfront has a different story to tell. The historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour are the heart of the city’s heritage with the oldest buildings and the greatest number of historical stories. It’s also a place where an eclectic cuisine mix of Italian, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Himalayan, Mexican and British restaurants may all be found!
Sutton Harbour
Discover Plymouth’s marine heritage, take a trip to Sutton Harbour and the Barbican, Royal William Yard or Mount Batten – all of which can be reached by ferries and water taxis as well as by bus and on foot. Whether it’s dazzling views you seek, a new dining or shopping experience you’re keen to enjoy or just want to learn some history, Plymouth’s Waterfront destinations offer something for everyone. Each part of the Waterfront has a different story to tell. The historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour are the heart of the city’s heritage with the oldest buildings and the greatest number of historical stories. It’s also a place where an eclectic cuisine mix of Italian, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Himalayan, Mexican and British restaurants may all be found!
Sightseeing
2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage, which saw the Pilgrims sail to America, seeking religious freedom. This was one of the most influential journeys in global history and more than 30 million people can trace their ancestry back to the 102 passengers and 30 crew on board. Plymouth was the Pilgrims’ final departure point in the UK and plays a lead role in the Mayflower 400 commemorations. We’re hosting a year-long programme of events, showcasing the very best in English heritage, culture and legacy. You can expect spectacular events, unique festivals and quirky cultural experiences, making Britain’s Ocean City the place to be during 2020.
This delectable beach is part of the English Riviera and it lives up to its name with its stunning sands, views and sunshine. This is the main beach for Torquay, being popular with holidaymakers from the surrounding hotels, day visitors and locals. This is a favourite spot for young holiday makers, who also take the opportunity to use the grassy expanse of nearby Torre Abbey Meadows. Type: Sand Access: Easy Dogs: Banned during the summer (May - Sept). There is a dog exercise area on Torre Abbey Meadows.
Torre Abbey Sands
This delectable beach is part of the English Riviera and it lives up to its name with its stunning sands, views and sunshine. This is the main beach for Torquay, being popular with holidaymakers from the surrounding hotels, day visitors and locals. This is a favourite spot for young holiday makers, who also take the opportunity to use the grassy expanse of nearby Torre Abbey Meadows. Type: Sand Access: Easy Dogs: Banned during the summer (May - Sept). There is a dog exercise area on Torre Abbey Meadows.
A breath-taking panorama, no trip to Plymouth is complete without a visit to Plymouth Hoe. With unbeatable views across Plymouth Sound, it’s the perfect place to spend a sunny day, enjoying a picnic on the grass or taking a dip in the art deco Tinside Lido. Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. Gaze down at the shoreline and you’ll see the glorious Tinside Lido, open to the public for bathing during the summer months. It is here where Sir Francis Drake, intrepid explorer and local hero, is immortalised in a statue, situated just a few metres from the green where he finished his game of bowls before heading out to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588. At the eastern end of the Hoe you’ll find The Royal Citadel, the most impressive 17th century fortress in Britain and for many years England’s most important defence against attack from the sea. The Citadel has been in constant military occupation since it was built and today it is home to some of Plymouth’s modern heroes – the troops of 29 Commando Royal Artillery. Plymouth Hoe is also host to many fantastic annual events including the famous Plymouth Armed Forces Day and the British Firework Championships.
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The Hoe
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A breath-taking panorama, no trip to Plymouth is complete without a visit to Plymouth Hoe. With unbeatable views across Plymouth Sound, it’s the perfect place to spend a sunny day, enjoying a picnic on the grass or taking a dip in the art deco Tinside Lido. Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. Gaze down at the shoreline and you’ll see the glorious Tinside Lido, open to the public for bathing during the summer months. It is here where Sir Francis Drake, intrepid explorer and local hero, is immortalised in a statue, situated just a few metres from the green where he finished his game of bowls before heading out to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588. At the eastern end of the Hoe you’ll find The Royal Citadel, the most impressive 17th century fortress in Britain and for many years England’s most important defence against attack from the sea. The Citadel has been in constant military occupation since it was built and today it is home to some of Plymouth’s modern heroes – the troops of 29 Commando Royal Artillery. Plymouth Hoe is also host to many fantastic annual events including the famous Plymouth Armed Forces Day and the British Firework Championships.
Plymouth is home to some of the most stunning and well known attractions throughout the UK. The coastline to either side of Plymouth into Devon and Cornwall is peppered with some of the country’s most envied beaches and romantic hidden coves, and just on the edge of Plymouth, you get one of the finest and largest national parks in Britain - Dartmoor! Plymouth has an interesting and varied history, and there are some fascinating local sites to be visited in the area dating from the 15th century onwards such as the famous Mayflower steps where the pilgrims set sail. Within Plymouth there are currently 37 ancient monuments including boundary stones, milestones and other markers which add great interest to the local heritage landscape. Our landmark and trail guides offer a great day for those interested in re-living Plymouth's past. Being on the coastline of Devon, Plymouth has a number of marinas with incredible views and some offering an array of places to eat and attractions to give you that sense of a real coastal holiday experience. Plymouth prides itself in its arts & culture, being host to many all year round exhibitions, events and displaying all forms of cultural diversity. Home to Beryl Cook, whose work was often comical, picturing people whom she encountered in everyday life, including people enjoying themselves in pubs can be located within the city aswell as one of Britain's most infamous painters Robert Lenkiewicz whose work still exists on the walls of buildings within The Barbican. The surrounding towns and villages of Plymouth have some of the most spectacular sandy beaches, perfect for basking in the sun, water sports or crab fishing.
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Plymouth is home to some of the most stunning and well known attractions throughout the UK. The coastline to either side of Plymouth into Devon and Cornwall is peppered with some of the country’s most envied beaches and romantic hidden coves, and just on the edge of Plymouth, you get one of the finest and largest national parks in Britain - Dartmoor! Plymouth has an interesting and varied history, and there are some fascinating local sites to be visited in the area dating from the 15th century onwards such as the famous Mayflower steps where the pilgrims set sail. Within Plymouth there are currently 37 ancient monuments including boundary stones, milestones and other markers which add great interest to the local heritage landscape. Our landmark and trail guides offer a great day for those interested in re-living Plymouth's past. Being on the coastline of Devon, Plymouth has a number of marinas with incredible views and some offering an array of places to eat and attractions to give you that sense of a real coastal holiday experience. Plymouth prides itself in its arts & culture, being host to many all year round exhibitions, events and displaying all forms of cultural diversity. Home to Beryl Cook, whose work was often comical, picturing people whom she encountered in everyday life, including people enjoying themselves in pubs can be located within the city aswell as one of Britain's most infamous painters Robert Lenkiewicz whose work still exists on the walls of buildings within The Barbican. The surrounding towns and villages of Plymouth have some of the most spectacular sandy beaches, perfect for basking in the sun, water sports or crab fishing.
Wembury beach is perfect if you’re looking for a great family holiday. It’s set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has enough sand for sunbathing, along with a huge number of rock pools to explore. The waters are clean and have won an award from the Marine Conservation Society and are also fairly shallow, so the kids can enjoy a supervised splash-about. To get a flavour of the local scenery you can take a stroll along the cliff paths, which will take you to Bovisand and Newton Ferrers.
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Wembury Beach
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Wembury beach is perfect if you’re looking for a great family holiday. It’s set in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and has enough sand for sunbathing, along with a huge number of rock pools to explore. The waters are clean and have won an award from the Marine Conservation Society and are also fairly shallow, so the kids can enjoy a supervised splash-about. To get a flavour of the local scenery you can take a stroll along the cliff paths, which will take you to Bovisand and Newton Ferrers.
There are many beaches within easy reach of Dartmouth; quiet secluded coves, long expanses of golden sands and stunning shingle beaches, flanked by striking cliffs. If you’re looking for a family friendly beach with facilities on hand then beaches such as Blackpool Sands or North Beach in Salcombe are ideal. Looking for a more peaceful retreat? Then take the South West Coastal Path and visit Soar Mill Cove.
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Blackpool Sands
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There are many beaches within easy reach of Dartmouth; quiet secluded coves, long expanses of golden sands and stunning shingle beaches, flanked by striking cliffs. If you’re looking for a family friendly beach with facilities on hand then beaches such as Blackpool Sands or North Beach in Salcombe are ideal. Looking for a more peaceful retreat? Then take the South West Coastal Path and visit Soar Mill Cove.
The beautiful town of Dartmouth situated on the mouth of the River Dart is one of South Devon’s most popular and enchanting towns. With its charming historic streets, scenic river location and surrounded by South Devon countryside you have to go a long way to find a town as pretty. Things to Do in Dartmouth The beauty of the landscape, the historical buildings, and the exceptional local produce all make Dartmouth the perfect holiday destination. The River Dart is the perfect watersports playground – sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boat trips and more are all on offer – you can even learn to surf at one of the nearby beaches, or just spend a lazy day enjoying the views. One of the country’s top beaches Blackpool Sands is just a short drive from Dartmouth and is not to be missed. Dartmouth is full of history and heritage, no trip to Dartmouth would be complete without visiting Dartmouth Castle, or Agatha Christie's Greenway National Trust Holiday Home. For the kids, there are plenty of local attractions such as Woodlands Theme Park, and activities and crabbing is a popular pastime on the embankment to keep them amused. Spend a day exploring the town, with its museum, art galleries, independent shops and places to eat. After you have finished exploring the town make sure you head out in to the surrounding countryside. Take one of the many footpaths surrounding the town and discover the wonderful countryside or costal views. Walk parts of the South West Coast Path and enjoy spectacular views across the coastline. Catch one of the many ferries and head for Torquay, Salcombe or Totnes or just enjoy a trip around the river mouth. You could even catch the steam train from Kingswear for a nostalgic trip through the South Devon Countryside. Top Events in Dartmouth There are many top events that draw the crowds to the town year after year. The Music Festival in May is a 3 day free event for all music lovers, whist in July, Dartmouth Castle is lit up with outdoor performances during Shakespeare Week. In August, the Dartmouth Royal Regatta is a week of sailing and family fun that the whole town comes out to celebrate. In October, local artists take centre stage with the Galleries week opening their doors and studios to visitors. Lastly, October also sees the Dartmouth Food Festival – one of the top food festivals in the UK where local producers and chefs showcase the wonderful variety on offer with stalls, demo’s and events. Where to Eat in Dartmouth From the bustle of the waterside to fine dining, traditional pub grub and bistros as well as fish and chip shops and ice cream vendors, there’s a huge variety of food and drink outlets for you to choose from. The fresh local seafood is a specialty in Dartmouth – especially the South Devon crab. Many places also serve local wine and ales so you can experience the best of the South West’s food and drink. History of Dartmouth With a long tradition of strategic importance for sailing ships, Dartmouth has a long association with the Royal Navy, with The Britannia Royal Naval College located on the hill overlooking the town and has been training Officers since 1863. With its medieval and Elizabethan roots, many of the original buildings in the town still stand giving it a distinctive character, with Dartmouth Castle and Bayards Cove Fort being two iconic historical buildings that are well worth a visit. Dartmouth also played a role in the historic sailing of the Mayflower to America in 1620. To find out more about the history of the Mayflower and its incredible voyage, please click here. 2020 also marks the 400th anniversary of the ships journey, and Dartmouth have plenty of fanatstic Mayflower 400 events taking place, to find out more about these, please clcik here. The Information Centre The Information Centre is located in Mayors Avenue Car Park, and has all the visitor information you need with maps and trails, as well as a gift shop. The staff are on hand to help you with any queries you have.
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Dartmouth Castle
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The beautiful town of Dartmouth situated on the mouth of the River Dart is one of South Devon’s most popular and enchanting towns. With its charming historic streets, scenic river location and surrounded by South Devon countryside you have to go a long way to find a town as pretty. Things to Do in Dartmouth The beauty of the landscape, the historical buildings, and the exceptional local produce all make Dartmouth the perfect holiday destination. The River Dart is the perfect watersports playground – sailing, kayaking, paddle boarding, boat trips and more are all on offer – you can even learn to surf at one of the nearby beaches, or just spend a lazy day enjoying the views. One of the country’s top beaches Blackpool Sands is just a short drive from Dartmouth and is not to be missed. Dartmouth is full of history and heritage, no trip to Dartmouth would be complete without visiting Dartmouth Castle, or Agatha Christie's Greenway National Trust Holiday Home. For the kids, there are plenty of local attractions such as Woodlands Theme Park, and activities and crabbing is a popular pastime on the embankment to keep them amused. Spend a day exploring the town, with its museum, art galleries, independent shops and places to eat. After you have finished exploring the town make sure you head out in to the surrounding countryside. Take one of the many footpaths surrounding the town and discover the wonderful countryside or costal views. Walk parts of the South West Coast Path and enjoy spectacular views across the coastline. Catch one of the many ferries and head for Torquay, Salcombe or Totnes or just enjoy a trip around the river mouth. You could even catch the steam train from Kingswear for a nostalgic trip through the South Devon Countryside. Top Events in Dartmouth There are many top events that draw the crowds to the town year after year. The Music Festival in May is a 3 day free event for all music lovers, whist in July, Dartmouth Castle is lit up with outdoor performances during Shakespeare Week. In August, the Dartmouth Royal Regatta is a week of sailing and family fun that the whole town comes out to celebrate. In October, local artists take centre stage with the Galleries week opening their doors and studios to visitors. Lastly, October also sees the Dartmouth Food Festival – one of the top food festivals in the UK where local producers and chefs showcase the wonderful variety on offer with stalls, demo’s and events. Where to Eat in Dartmouth From the bustle of the waterside to fine dining, traditional pub grub and bistros as well as fish and chip shops and ice cream vendors, there’s a huge variety of food and drink outlets for you to choose from. The fresh local seafood is a specialty in Dartmouth – especially the South Devon crab. Many places also serve local wine and ales so you can experience the best of the South West’s food and drink. History of Dartmouth With a long tradition of strategic importance for sailing ships, Dartmouth has a long association with the Royal Navy, with The Britannia Royal Naval College located on the hill overlooking the town and has been training Officers since 1863. With its medieval and Elizabethan roots, many of the original buildings in the town still stand giving it a distinctive character, with Dartmouth Castle and Bayards Cove Fort being two iconic historical buildings that are well worth a visit. Dartmouth also played a role in the historic sailing of the Mayflower to America in 1620. To find out more about the history of the Mayflower and its incredible voyage, please click here. 2020 also marks the 400th anniversary of the ships journey, and Dartmouth have plenty of fanatstic Mayflower 400 events taking place, to find out more about these, please clcik here. The Information Centre The Information Centre is located in Mayors Avenue Car Park, and has all the visitor information you need with maps and trails, as well as a gift shop. The staff are on hand to help you with any queries you have.
The South Devon Coast The South Devon coast is varied and forever changing with the seasons With dramatic cliffs and rocky coastlines, family resorts, beach front cafes and amusements, secluded coves, water sports and foot paths, history and wildlife the shoreline around South Devon offers something for everyone. Walking The best way to explore the South Devon coast is on foot via the South West Coast Path. The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked footpath and runs for 630 miles from Minehead, Somerset to Poole Harbour, Dorset. The South Devon stretch, around 125 miles, takes in many of the main towns in the region, including Seaton, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Torquay, Dartmouth and Salcombe. As well as towns and family friendly resorts the path will take you past hidden coves and rugged coastlines, wide open beaches and protected landscapes. As well as allowing you to get out and enjoy the wonderful fresh Devonshire air, exploring the coast path allows you to visit stretches of the coast away from the main tourist areas and discover some beaches which are not accessible by car. Jurassic Coast The East Devon Coast is also known as the Jurassic Coast, The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site covers 95 miles of stunning coastline running from Exmouth, Devon to Studland, Dorset, and records 185 million years of the earth’s history. This part of the coast spans the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and many of the beaches are ideal for fossil hunting. Water sports Trying some water sports is a great way to enjoy the south Devon coast. Whether it’s Stand Up Paddle Boarding, kayaking or canoes, sailing, surfing or enjoying a trip on a day cruise, exploring the coastline around South Devon is great way to enjoy new angles and views of the amazing scenery which are not visible from the land. And South Devon is home to some great water sport provider who will either hire you the equipment, with some instruction, so you can explore at your own pace, or take you on guide tours ensuring you don’t miss any of the hidden gems on your expedition. Wildlife Much of the South Devon coast lies within either the South Devon AONB or the East Devon AONB, these protected landscapes ensure the scenery is maintained and continues to be enjoyed by all visitors to the region. The protected landscapes along the coast are the ideal habitats for rare and importance plants, birds and animals. With a number of nature reserves to be found along coast, including Slapton Ley, the largest freshwater lake in the South West, Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve and Seaton Wetlands, you’ll find plenty of wonderful habitats to explore and a wide range of wildlife to spot. Beaches The South Devon Coast is home to some wonderful beaches, with everything on offer from secluded coves to family friendly beaches with all the amenities to hand, we’re also pleased to have two piers, which are great for some friendly competitive fun. Whether you’re looking for relaxing beach break, an action packed water sports filled time, want to follow in the footsteps of a royal visit to Sidmouth or the Victorians summer holidays to the English Riviera. If you want to explore the rugged beauty of the landscape, discover rare plants and animals or take a trip back in time along the Jurassic Coast, you’re sure to find your perfect beach in South Devon.
Dawlish Warren Beach
The South Devon Coast The South Devon coast is varied and forever changing with the seasons With dramatic cliffs and rocky coastlines, family resorts, beach front cafes and amusements, secluded coves, water sports and foot paths, history and wildlife the shoreline around South Devon offers something for everyone. Walking The best way to explore the South Devon coast is on foot via the South West Coast Path. The South West Coast Path is England’s longest waymarked footpath and runs for 630 miles from Minehead, Somerset to Poole Harbour, Dorset. The South Devon stretch, around 125 miles, takes in many of the main towns in the region, including Seaton, Sidmouth, Exmouth, Dawlish, Teignmouth, Torquay, Dartmouth and Salcombe. As well as towns and family friendly resorts the path will take you past hidden coves and rugged coastlines, wide open beaches and protected landscapes. As well as allowing you to get out and enjoy the wonderful fresh Devonshire air, exploring the coast path allows you to visit stretches of the coast away from the main tourist areas and discover some beaches which are not accessible by car. Jurassic Coast The East Devon Coast is also known as the Jurassic Coast, The Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site covers 95 miles of stunning coastline running from Exmouth, Devon to Studland, Dorset, and records 185 million years of the earth’s history. This part of the coast spans the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods and many of the beaches are ideal for fossil hunting. Water sports Trying some water sports is a great way to enjoy the south Devon coast. Whether it’s Stand Up Paddle Boarding, kayaking or canoes, sailing, surfing or enjoying a trip on a day cruise, exploring the coastline around South Devon is great way to enjoy new angles and views of the amazing scenery which are not visible from the land. And South Devon is home to some great water sport provider who will either hire you the equipment, with some instruction, so you can explore at your own pace, or take you on guide tours ensuring you don’t miss any of the hidden gems on your expedition. Wildlife Much of the South Devon coast lies within either the South Devon AONB or the East Devon AONB, these protected landscapes ensure the scenery is maintained and continues to be enjoyed by all visitors to the region. The protected landscapes along the coast are the ideal habitats for rare and importance plants, birds and animals. With a number of nature reserves to be found along coast, including Slapton Ley, the largest freshwater lake in the South West, Dawlish Warren Nature Reserve and Seaton Wetlands, you’ll find plenty of wonderful habitats to explore and a wide range of wildlife to spot. Beaches The South Devon Coast is home to some wonderful beaches, with everything on offer from secluded coves to family friendly beaches with all the amenities to hand, we’re also pleased to have two piers, which are great for some friendly competitive fun. Whether you’re looking for relaxing beach break, an action packed water sports filled time, want to follow in the footsteps of a royal visit to Sidmouth or the Victorians summer holidays to the English Riviera. If you want to explore the rugged beauty of the landscape, discover rare plants and animals or take a trip back in time along the Jurassic Coast, you’re sure to find your perfect beach in South Devon.
From iconic sandy beaches to intimate sheltered coves, Cornwall’s 300+ beaches are gloriously varied. Dog friendly, family friendly, golden, pebbly, bustling or blissfully empty – we love them all! Get out in the surf at Fistral Beach, dip your toe in turquoise waters at Porthcurno or hunt for crabs at Treyarnon Bay. It's easy to see why we think they are some of the best in the world!
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Carbis Bay
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From iconic sandy beaches to intimate sheltered coves, Cornwall’s 300+ beaches are gloriously varied. Dog friendly, family friendly, golden, pebbly, bustling or blissfully empty – we love them all! Get out in the surf at Fistral Beach, dip your toe in turquoise waters at Porthcurno or hunt for crabs at Treyarnon Bay. It's easy to see why we think they are some of the best in the world!
Large sheltered west-facing beach, plenty of sand at high tide and popular with families and surfers. Situated halfway between Newquay and Padstow with several popular hotels nearby.
Mawgan Porth Beach
Large sheltered west-facing beach, plenty of sand at high tide and popular with families and surfers. Situated halfway between Newquay and Padstow with several popular hotels nearby.
Lamorna is the place where the 2013 movie Summer in February was filmed. The Cove has a small pebble beach beside the harbour and quay with lots of large granite boulders especially at low tide.
Lamorna Cove Beach
Lamorna is the place where the 2013 movie Summer in February was filmed. The Cove has a small pebble beach beside the harbour and quay with lots of large granite boulders especially at low tide.
Port Isaac is a traditional fishing village with a vibrant local community in north Cornwall and home to the TV series Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes.
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Port Isaac
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Port Isaac is a traditional fishing village with a vibrant local community in north Cornwall and home to the TV series Doc Martin starring Martin Clunes.
In an secluded corner of South East Cornwall, Kingsand and its neighbouring beach at Cawsand are east-facing beaches of sand and shingle and great views of Plymouth Sound. Dog-friendly all year.
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Kingsand
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In an secluded corner of South East Cornwall, Kingsand and its neighbouring beach at Cawsand are east-facing beaches of sand and shingle and great views of Plymouth Sound. Dog-friendly all year.
A two mile stroll above the railway line, with spectacular views over St Ives Bay. People have lived and worked here since Stone Age times, and there are relics and stories of the past throughout, including prehistoric field systems, a Celtic saint's medieval chapel and a fishermen's lookout hut, as well as shipwrecks, railways, mining and a twentieth-century novelist. Take the train back to Carbis Bay.
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St Ives
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A two mile stroll above the railway line, with spectacular views over St Ives Bay. People have lived and worked here since Stone Age times, and there are relics and stories of the past throughout, including prehistoric field systems, a Celtic saint's medieval chapel and a fishermen's lookout hut, as well as shipwrecks, railways, mining and a twentieth-century novelist. Take the train back to Carbis Bay.
Small east facing beach of sand and shingle, fairly sheltered. There are rock pools to explore at Kingsand and access to both Kingsand beaches are via slopes and a few steps. There is parking in the centre of Kingsand. Access - Easy Toilets Restaurants and cafe's are nearby All year dog friendly beach.
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Kingsand
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Small east facing beach of sand and shingle, fairly sheltered. There are rock pools to explore at Kingsand and access to both Kingsand beaches are via slopes and a few steps. There is parking in the centre of Kingsand. Access - Easy Toilets Restaurants and cafe's are nearby All year dog friendly beach.
Bantham beach is one of the best in South Devon and ticks all right the boxes if you want a typical English seaside holiday. This beach is part of the designated South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s also won awards from the Marine Conservation Society and the coveted Blue Flag, so you know it’s clean. You can see Bigbury Beach and Burgh Island from the beach. Bantham is shallow and sandy so it’s great for families with young children who want to do a little swimming or paddling, and there are lifeguards on duty from May to September. At low tide, you’ll find loads of rockpools that warm up quickly in the sun and are perfect for crab hunting. Bantham is also one of the best surfing beaches in South Devon, with mellow waves for beginners while the mouth of the River Avon fires out rips and breaks to test even the seasoned surfer. The beach is well served with its own facilities, including a beach shop where you can buy all the essentials. While dogs are not allowed on the beach between May and September they are allowed on the Estuary all year round, which you can get to at low tide.
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Bantham Beach
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Bantham beach is one of the best in South Devon and ticks all right the boxes if you want a typical English seaside holiday. This beach is part of the designated South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. It’s also won awards from the Marine Conservation Society and the coveted Blue Flag, so you know it’s clean. You can see Bigbury Beach and Burgh Island from the beach. Bantham is shallow and sandy so it’s great for families with young children who want to do a little swimming or paddling, and there are lifeguards on duty from May to September. At low tide, you’ll find loads of rockpools that warm up quickly in the sun and are perfect for crab hunting. Bantham is also one of the best surfing beaches in South Devon, with mellow waves for beginners while the mouth of the River Avon fires out rips and breaks to test even the seasoned surfer. The beach is well served with its own facilities, including a beach shop where you can buy all the essentials. While dogs are not allowed on the beach between May and September they are allowed on the Estuary all year round, which you can get to at low tide.
Undisturbed Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor and rugged Dartmoor tors. The reservoir is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Many of the trails lead on to Dartmoor so it makes an ideal starting point for longer trips. The circular walk which follows the lanes around the water is ideal for families as it is easy going and flat. It will take between 1.5 - 2 hours to complete and is approximately 3.5 miles. Parking is possible at various locations including the Quarry car park, Norsworthy Bridge and the Dam. Low cost bank fishing for both rainbow and brown trout is available at this scenic water; permits are sold at the garage in Yelverton. Being within Dartmoor National Park we kindly request that you drive and park with consideration to other users and animals. The National Cycle Route 27 runs near to Burrator further information is available at www.sustrans.co.uk Ice cream vans visit the dam, Norsworthy Bridge and Sharpitor car park. Burrator Reservoir is available to the public all year round. For more information please visit their website. It is free to the public. For more information please visit their website.
Burrator Reservoir Waterfall
Undisturbed Burrator is surrounded by mixed woodland which sharply contrasts with the open moor and rugged Dartmoor tors. The reservoir is popular with walkers, cyclists and horse riders due to its wealth of footpaths and bridleways. Many of the trails lead on to Dartmoor so it makes an ideal starting point for longer trips. The circular walk which follows the lanes around the water is ideal for families as it is easy going and flat. It will take between 1.5 - 2 hours to complete and is approximately 3.5 miles. Parking is possible at various locations including the Quarry car park, Norsworthy Bridge and the Dam. Low cost bank fishing for both rainbow and brown trout is available at this scenic water; permits are sold at the garage in Yelverton. Being within Dartmoor National Park we kindly request that you drive and park with consideration to other users and animals. The National Cycle Route 27 runs near to Burrator further information is available at www.sustrans.co.uk Ice cream vans visit the dam, Norsworthy Bridge and Sharpitor car park. Burrator Reservoir is available to the public all year round. For more information please visit their website. It is free to the public. For more information please visit their website.
Nestled deep in the Tamar Valley the village of Calstock is a great place to explore the surrounding countryside that borders Devon and Cornwall. Dominated by the railway viaduct that brings trains up from Plymouth on the pretty Tamar Valley Line, the village has a thriving arts community with the Old Chapel and village hall regularly putting on music and theatre events. From the village it is an easy drive to the National Trust property at Cotehele, alternatively you can walk along the river and through the woods to reach the house and gardens. The valley is also rich in industrial history with World Heritage mining remains dotted about the hillsides and market gardens that are famous for their soft fruit and daffodils. At Drakewalls, just north of Calstock, the Tamar Valley AONB have an office and visitors centre. www.tamarvalley.org.uk/explore/tamarvalleycentre/ There you can find out information about walks and cycle trails as well as the history of the area.
Calstock
Nestled deep in the Tamar Valley the village of Calstock is a great place to explore the surrounding countryside that borders Devon and Cornwall. Dominated by the railway viaduct that brings trains up from Plymouth on the pretty Tamar Valley Line, the village has a thriving arts community with the Old Chapel and village hall regularly putting on music and theatre events. From the village it is an easy drive to the National Trust property at Cotehele, alternatively you can walk along the river and through the woods to reach the house and gardens. The valley is also rich in industrial history with World Heritage mining remains dotted about the hillsides and market gardens that are famous for their soft fruit and daffodils. At Drakewalls, just north of Calstock, the Tamar Valley AONB have an office and visitors centre. www.tamarvalley.org.uk/explore/tamarvalleycentre/ There you can find out information about walks and cycle trails as well as the history of the area.