19th August, 2020

Visit Plymouth Hoe and the Barbican by train

Whether you’re after a relaxing picnic with sea views, a wander through the harbour, or some great local seafood, Plymouth is the place to be this summer:

The Hoe

Plymouth Hoe and Smeaton's Tower
From Plymouth station, take a stroll through the city centre (map) and emerge on The Hoe in all its splendour. With fantastic views over Plymouth Sound, it’s the perfect spot to chill out, take a selfie with Smeaton’s Tower or have a picnic on the grass.

View from the Terrace Cafe out over Plymouth Sound
Take in the amazing views and enjoy a drink and some top notch food at eateries such as the Terrace Cafe (pictured above).

Tinside Lido

Tinside Lido

Photo: Jay Stone

Right in front of The Hoe, enjoy a refreshing open air swim at the Tinside Lido, a Grade II listed art deco wonder built in 1935. On a sunny day there’s no better place to be! Pre-booking is essential.

The Barbican

The Barbican, Plymouth
Walk a few minutes along past the Royal Citadel, Plymouth’s 17th century fortress, to reach The Barbican. Plymouth’s old port is awash with cafes, art galleries, independent shops and narrow cobbled streets.

The quarter’s restaurants range from world cuisine to the local catch of the day, with many participating in the Eat Out to Help Out discount scheme (runs to 31 August).

For families, there is also a Barbican Summer Children’s Trail running until 5th September. Pick up your trail sheet from the Tourist Information Centre or download a digital copy to print at home.

Barbican summer children's trail 2020
Take a moment too to visit the nearby Mayflower Steps as we approach next month’s 400th anniversary of the crossing of the pilgrims to America.

National Marine Aquarium

National Marine Aquarium, Plymouth

Photo: Abi Skipp (Creative Commons)

From the Barbican, cross the Sutton Harbour footbridge to visit the National Marine Aquarium (pre-booking essential). It’s the largest aquarium in the UK and is home to local sharks, rays and other native sealife, through to some of the most colourful fish from around the world.

And while you’re in town…

The Barcode complex, Plymouth
Why not check out the new Barcode complex, a short walk from The Barbican on the way back to the station. It has a 14-screen cinema (including IMAX), adventure golf and restaurants including Zizzi and Nando’s.

Taking the train

Under 5s travel free on the train, and 5-15 year-olds are half price. Dogs are allowed on board (on a lead, up to two dogs per person).

Remember to travel safely this summer – face coverings must be worn on public transport and in indoor spaces at stations unless you are exempt.

If you can, please buy your ticket online on the GWR app or website. Please also remember to wash your hands and use social distancing. Read more on GWR’s Coronavirus advice page.