18th April, 2022

5 great day trips by train from Plymouth

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Hop on the train from Plymouth for some fantastic days out across Devon and Cornwall. Here are some of our favourites:

1. Calstock


Visit this picturesque gem on the banks of the River Tamar. Arrive by train across the impressive viaduct and explore the village. Enjoy some top pub food at the Tamar Inn and take a refreshing riverside walk.

The National Trust property Cotehele is a pleasant mile and a bit walk from Calstock (see directions and map). The walk includes fantastic view back across to the viaduct. Booking is advised for visits to Cotehele, including for National Trust members. Not all areas are open.

30min from Plymouth (or board at Devonport, Dockyard, Keyham or St Budeaux Victoria Road)
£6.70 Off-Peak Day Return (from Plymouth)

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2. Looe

Looe from above
Get some great views as the train snakes alongside the estuary to Looe. Soak up the atmosphere of the town and harbour, grab an award-winning pasty, head to the beach or take a coastal walk all the way to Polperro (buses available too).

1hr 15 from Plymouth (change at Liskeard) | £7.00 Off-Peak Day Return

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3. Newquay


Photo: Newquay BID

Arrive at Newquay station right in the heart of the town. You’ll be on Great Western Beach, named after the railway, in minutes. If you visit at low tide it joins with nearby Towan Beach, home to the Blue Reef Aquarium, creating a large expanse of golden sand.

2 hours from Plymouth (change at Par) | £12.00 Off-Peak Day Return

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4. St Ives



Widely considered as one of the most scenic railway journeys in the country, the train into St Ives hugs the stunning Cornish coast (top tip – if you can, sit on the right side of the train leaving St Erth for the best views).

Once you arrive in St Ives, the town centre, harbour and beaches are a short walk from the station with much to see, explore and enjoy. There are several art galleries to visit too including Tate St Ives.

2hr 15  from Plymouth (change at St Erth) | £12.10 Off-Peak Day Return

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5. Falmouth


Explore Falmouth’s harbour, beaches, art galleries, maritime heritage and more. Falmouth has something for everyone, especially for foodies, boasting many great independent cafes and restaurants – taking advantage of the fantastic local produce.

1hr 50 from Plymouth (change at Truro) | £12.10 Off-Peak Day Return

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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).

If you can, please buy your ticket online on the GWR app or website.

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