The Hoe, Plymouth,
Devon, PL1 2NZ
Everyone will recognise the lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe, a substantial landmark of the South West. Originally built by John Smeaton on Eddystone Rocks, the top part was removed and rebuilt here when it was discovered that sea erosion was making it unsafe. The original stub still stands on the rocks near the current lighthouse. It is worth the trek up the steps to see the lantern room and views out over Plymouth Sound.
The National Marine Museum
Coxside, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 0DX
Visit the spectacular Marine Museum, home to the world's biggest
aquarium. See sealife and sharks like you have never seen them before.
Journey through four different zones from Plymouth to the tropics
accompanied by imaginative and stimulating talks. 4D Cinema. H20 Creative
Centre open during school holidays and weekends where kids can enjoy free
arts and crafts. Loads to keep the children entertained.
Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery
Drake Circus, Plymouth, Devon, PL4 8AJ
Situated just five minutes away from the main shopping mall, the Museum
houses thousands of items in nine permanent galleries ranging from natural
history to decorative and fine art. Large and airy, the rooms also house
many different and important exhibitions and interesting events throughout
the year. Refreshments can be taken in their Cafe, and curios and gifts
bought from their in-house gift shop.
The Royal Citadel
The Hoe, Plymouth,
Devon, PL1 2PD
This 17th century group of buildings are imposing fortifications
with 70ft walls and its old guns still standing overlooking the Sound. Built
by King Charles II on Plymouth Hoe it protected the important naval base, as
well as being used against its own population in the Civil War. For the last
fifty years it has been occupied by the 29th Commando Regiment, and is still
in use by the military today.
The Theatre Royal
Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2TR
fantastic night out can be had at this very popular theatre complex, which
includes the Theatre Royal, Drum Theatre and TR2. You can expect significant
touring musicals, operas, ballets, and dramas throughout the year, as well
as concerts, fight nights, workshops and much more. It is one of the most
important theatres in the South West.
Yelverton, Devon, PL20
A wonderful historic
abbey and estate dating back to the 13th century, it has been the home of
Cistercian monks and the Elizabethan seafarers Drake and Grenville. The
abbey is a wonderful place to explore with furnished rooms and interactive
museum galleries. On the estate itself there are beautiful gardens, orchards
and woodland walks. Whether visiting by yourself or with your family there
is something of interest to everyone. Excellent restaurant and well-equipped
shop selling local food, ciders and ales, curios and gifts.
Dartmoor Zoological Park
Plymouth, Devon, PL7 5DG
award winning Dartmoor Zoo is located just five miles from Plymouth in
wonderful countryside. The zoo is set in 33 acres of leafy woodland, and has
been the subject of books, documentaries and even a Hollywood Film starring
Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson. Family owned, it boasts the widest
variety of big cats in the South west. There are also bears, wolves, tapir,
meerkats, monkeys, deer and much more. The animals can be seen in specially
designed enclosures to allow a closer experience and great photography.
Woodlands Family Theme Park
Totnes, Devon, TQ9 7DQ
A day out with a massive variety of
attractions and activities that families can all enjoy and take part in.
Rides and attractions are grouped together in at least ten different themes
and include roller coaster rides, swing boats, water rides and slides. Loads
of things to do indoors too if it's wet. Plenty of refreshment facilities
with diners, cafes and snack bars.