Explore Plymouth

Top places to go

Royal William Yard

‘The Yard’ is home to brilliant restaurants serving internationally-inspired food, and is host to some of the coolest spots in the city. Look out for the annual open-air cinema or enjoy the amazing views of Mount Edgcumbe Country Park.



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

<p>Royal William Yard</p>
<p>Royal William Yard</p>

The Barbican

Explore the historic cobbled streets of the Barbican, Plymouth’s old town and independent scene. Here you can find the Plymouth Gin Distillery, vintage shops, galleries and eateries.



</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>


Plymouth hosts the largest aquarium in the UK, ‘The National Marine Aquarium’, which has everything from seahorses to sharks and is the perfect place to explore life under the ocean’s surface.


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

Drake Circus

There’s a plethora of high street names waiting to welcome you at Drake Circus shopping centre, an exciting venue with over 60 retailers including Tiger, H&M and Superdry. In 2017, Drake Circus was named the UK shopping centre of the year (REVO – ACE Awards), so it’s not to be missed!


Ebrington Street

Why not explore an alternative side to Plymouth City Centre? Located close to campus and the shopping mall are a host of independent cafes and shops such as Prime Cafe, Good Coffee Headquarters and Minerva.

<p>Drake Circus</p>
<p>Minerva Streetwear</p>
DB prime

New developments

Plymouth’s new history centre project, The Box

The development work for Plymouth’s new £37 million history centre project, The Box, is under way.

“What is distinctive about The Box is the spirit of connection,” says Professor Dafydd Moore, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, and the University’s lead representative on the project. “It is about moving people, mentally and physically, to other places such as Smeaton’s Tower or the Elizabethan House. It is about allowing Plymothians to reconnect with the history of their city as a whole, and allowing visitors to make sense of the rich historical landscape they are visiting when they spend time in Plymouth.”

Read the full article in our alumni magazine, Invenite.

What our students say

Harry Millard
BA (Hons) Business Studies

“One of the biggest draws to Plymouth for me is the phenomenal seaside location. To be able to leave the campus, stroll through town, and arrive at a green and sunny seafront is a luxury few students get to enjoy, but in Plymouth it’s the norm.”

“The Hoe is popular among my friends as a barbecue spot, a running route, and even somewhere to catch up on coursework. It’s particularly useful having a city full of shops, cinemas, gyms, nightclubs and more so close together, as transport costs add up quickly on a student budget. Without these added costs, you’ll find yourself with more spare cash for eating out, or going to concerts at Plymouth Pavilions.”

Ankitha Manohar
BSc (Hons) Marine Biology

“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!”

Photos courtesy of Getty Images

  • Royal William Yard harbour at evening
  • View of Royal William Yard
  • View of the Barbican across Sutton Harbour