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Play Time in Plymouth


Plymouth is a lively waterside city crammed full of attractions. No matter what tricks the weather decides to play, you will always manage to find something for everyone amid the historic city streets and spectacular water front.

“There are well-known landmarks, historical sites and natural assets to explore across Plymouth’s many unique districts.”

Plymouth is one of the best UK cities and certainly a great destination to visit in October. Huge live events, museums, art exhibitions, historic landmarks and stunning harbour nightlife ensure there is something for all the family. There is so much to fit in to your visit you might have to extend your stay!

Smeatons Lighthouse

Inject some culture into your trip and attend Respect Festival, starting from 10:30am on Saturday the 12th. A convoy of artists, musicians, and performers will be making its way from the Plymouth Guildhall heading towards Plymouth University. There will be plenty of fun and entertainment for all the family with activities such as face painting, giant bubbles and performances by local and global artists.

Head towards Plymouth Hoe located on the waterfront where you can climb the iconic Smeatons Tower Lighthouse – Plymouth’s most iconic landmark. With its prominent barber shop livery and dominating stature, it is much-loved by all! If you feel up for the challenge, visitors can really enjoy this grade I listed building by clambering up the 93 steps – but don’t worry it will be worth it to truly appreciated the outstanding views across the sea.

If you are a water baby why not take a dip at the Tinside Lido, the most beautiful outside swimming pool in the country. Built in 1935 it has been lovingly restored and is a wonderful feature for visitors and locals alike.  Located around 5 minutes’ walk away from the Smeatons Tower, this opulent salt water swimming pool is open all year round.

Tinside Lido Plymouth

While on the Hoe you have to have a go on the Wheel of Plymouth. Standing at a breath-taking 196ft (60m) the Wheel of Plymouth contains 42 capsules including a luxury VIP capsule with glass floor, leather interior and even a DVD player! Visitors are simply blown away by the views when at the top and say “it is the ultimate journey above the city of Plymouth”.

Adult ticket Prices start from £8.50 with family ticket prices at £20 – there is also a student and OAP special price of £5.50.

Fancy a tour away from the mainland? Take a floating tour to Drake’s Island, the Naval Dockyards and River Tamar. Here you will get a chance to see behind the scenes of Devonport Naval Base or if you fancy it – stick your own paddle in the water at Mountbatten Water Sports Centre.

The jewel in the crown of Plymouth’s local produce is without a doubt its seafood. Enjoy fresh fish and shellfish hauled in off the boats in the harbour daily, you definitely won’t find it fresher anywhere else! Whether it’s fish and chips while strolling along the quayside, or scallops served in one of the many fine-dining restaurant, the Barbican has it all. One restaurant you must visit while in Plymouth is The Dolphin House Brazzerie.

Dolphin House Brazzerie

A former waterfront warehouse overlooking Sutton Harbour Marina, positioned in the more relaxed part of Plymouth’s historic Barbican. This independent restaurant is famed for its ethically sourced local ingredients and talented head chef who creates British cuisine peppered with international flavours. The Christmas menu is set to bring all the festive cheer of the winter months; with some of their selections featuring Goose Rillette, Festive Pheasant and a gorgeous Chocolate Chestnut Log. There will certainly be something delicious for all to enjoy!

With so many things to do in Plymouth over the forthcoming winter months; from fabulous places to eat, to special events and fantastic landmarks to visit, you will wonder why you didn’t visit sooner.

October 4, 2013 | Les Routiers UK

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