5 Must Dos in Plymouth

If you’re looking for a care-free, gin-filled break by the sea, Plymouth is the place for you.


This city on the south coast of England is the perfect spot for a relaxing city break. Here are our top five things to do in Plymouth.

Make your own gin

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The world-famous Plymouth Gin is still distilled in the Black Friars Distillery on Plymouth’s Barbican. It’s the oldest working gin distillery in England and offers tours – the ‘Master Distiller’ tour even enables  you to make your very own gin!


Plymouth Distillery

Climb a lighthouse

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The distinctive red & white stripes of Smeaton’s Tower stand proudly on Plymouth Hoe, looking out to sea. Formerly a lighthouse, the 72 foot high tower boasts incredible views of Plymouth Sound and the city from its lantern room – definitely worth the 93-step climb. 


Smeaton's Tower

Live music by the sea…

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The home of Smeaton’s Tower, Plymouth Hoe will be transformed for two nights this summer as MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds hits the shoreline on 26 and 27 July!


The star-studded line up including Bastille, Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra, Ella Eyre, Professor Green and R3WIRE & VARSKI will take to the stage to present two huge days of live music for just £25 per ticket!  


Ocean City Sounds

Visit the UK’s largest public aquarium

On Plymouth’s harbour side you’ll find the National Marine Aquarium – the country’s largest public aquarium, home to over 4,000 animals including sharks, stingrays and Friday, the Green Turtle! Their Atlantic Ocean exhibit is the deepest in the UK and holds over 2million litres of water. 

Fish & trips

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Plymouth is Britain’s Ocean City which means it’s a great spot for fishing. Plymouth Boat Trips offer fishing trips, and the nearby Boathouse Café can then ‘Cook Your Catch’ afterwards!


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