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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:
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.
Take in the amazing views and enjoy a drink and some top notch food at eateries such as the Terrace Cafe (pictured above).
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.