Make the most of your visit

Plymouth named in the top 15 best student cities in 2021*

The vibrant waterfront and town centre are home to a wide range of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, while other attractions include theatres, museums, an aquarium and lido. Our campus is based right in the heart of the city, which means you’re never too far away from the action and there is a real sense of community.

*Student Crowd Awards 2021, as voted by students

<p>Explore Plymouth - top 15 best student city. Students enjoying a night out in a bar</p>

The Hoe

Enjoy a sunny day and soak in the panoramic views of Plymouth Sound from the expansive Plymouth Hoe. Ideally situated for picnics, barbeques, walking, and swimming, the Hoe is every student’s go-to place when the sun is shining. Join our large community for the British Firework Championships and epic sporting events such as the America’s Cup.

<p>Students stood by the Lido, Plymouth Hoe</p>
<p>Students by a campervan on Plymouth Hoe.&nbsp;</p>
<p>Plymouth sound fireworks</p>

The Barbican

Welcome to the cobbled streets of Plymouth’s old town, where you can enjoy local theatre, delicious Thai food, and independently owned shops. Tour the historic gin distillery, wander around our proud art galleries and enjoy some multi-award winning fish and chips at The Harbourside.


</p><p><b>Coffee o’clock</b></p><p>Start the day with a well-made cappuccino or fresh fruit smoothie at the Real Food Kitchen on the Barbican, while sitting in the sun and enjoying the view.</p>

<p>Rockets and Rascals</p>
<p>SRRDG exhibit and sponsor plymouth barbican</p>

Drake Circus

Drake Circus is Plymouth’s most popular shopping destination with more than 70 independent and national brands under one roof, including M&S, Primark, Next, Boots, Joules and Pandora to name a few. Easily accessible by public transport and by car, with more than 1200 car parking spaces and shop mobility.

The new Drake Circus The Barcode leisure destination includes a 12-screen Cineworld IMAX 4DX cinema – the first IMAX for the Devon and Cornwall area – as well as Paradise Island Adventure Golf and dining brands including Zizzi, Five Guys, Nando’s and Cosy Club. There’s more than 400 car parking spaces available, including five electric car charging points.

Take advantage of student discounts across a variety of stores and restaurants and make sure you attend one of the shopping centre’s Student Nights, featuring live music, exclusive discounts and giveaways.

<p>Drake Circus shopping centre entrance</p>
<p>Outside Drake Circus</p>

Ebrington Street

Live life with an alternative edge with the shops, bars, and restaurants available to you on Ebrington Street. Whether it’s enjoying spoken word and live music at the Bread and Roses or grabbing a bite to eat at Prime Café, there’s always something cool to discover here.

DB prime
<p>Ebrington Street - ladies sat in a cafe with book shelves behind</p>

National Marine Aquarium

Explore the depths of the oceans with the UK’s largest aquarium here in Plymouth. From Tiger Sharks and a Turtle to Oscillated Eagle Rays and an Octopus, you can meet over 4,000 marine animals and find out more about life under the water’s surface.

<p>National Marine Aquarium</p>
<p>National Marine Aquarium</p>
<p>National Marine Aquarium</p>

Royal William Yard

Take a stroll on the finer side of life with the Grade I listed Royal William Yard. Indulge in various global cuisines through restaurants such as Wagamama, Las Iguanas, and Prezzo, before taking part in various activities such as sailing, stand-up paddleboarding, or yoga. Find a collection of art galleries and shops, and enjoy various festivities throughout the year.


Fine art studios are based at Royal William Yard, Plymouth.

<p>Royal William Yard</p>
<p>Royal William Yard. Illuminate light show.&nbsp;</p>

The Box

The Box is a new museum, art gallery and archive for Plymouth and the South West. They are open 10am-5pm Tuesday-Sunday and Bank Holidays with free entry. You don't need to book a ticket, unless you'd like to reserve a space in our Cottonian Research Room.

<p>The Box on s sunny day</p>
<p>The Box, Plymouth</p>

A little further...


Connect with nature at Dartmoor National Park, an epic expanse of moorland which offers hikes, trails, and much more. Devote a weekend to conquering Tors, camping beneath the starry skies, walking among the infamous Dartmoor ponies, or simply by enjoying an ice cream by the Burrator Reservoir. Regardless of age and ability, people from all walks of life can enjoy the adventure Dartmoor offers.


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<p>River Teign, Dartmoor National Park (courtesy of Getty Images)<br></p>
<p>Dartmoor square</p>

Devon and Cornwall beaches

Local beaches are just a short drive (or sail!) away. Whether you want to look out at Wembury’s iconic Mewstone or enjoy a picnic at Bovisand, you have the chance to escape the hustle-and-bustle of the city centre and connect with the coast. Popular activities include surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, sailing, coasteering, and coastal walking.

Seascape of Whitsands Bay, Clouds in a blue sky.
<p>Bigbury Beach</p>

I never run out of places to visit in and around Plymouth because there is so much to do and to take in.

“There is an abundance of places that you can visit and all it takes is a bus or a ferry ride (always a better option!). Some places that I have been to include Mount Edgcumbe, Mount Gould, Mount Batten, Cawsand beach, Jennycliffe Bay, Devil's Point and a little Cornish village past Mount Edgcumbe. I promise, with the sun making an extended appearance during the summer, these places look stunning!”

BSc (Hons) Marine Biology graduate


Student blogs Ankitha<br></p>