Plymouth shaped the lives of Drake, Darwin
and many more who set sail from its harbour as pioneers. Today, its
maritime heritage has blended with contemporary culture to create a city
with a strong international tradition and offering the best in
entertainment, arts and shopping.
From the soaring glass galleries and top brand shops of Drake Circus Shopping Centre
to the narrow Elizabethan streets and quirky boutiques of the historic
Barbican area, there’s something here to suit all tastes. You’ll also
find the home of the world-famous Plymouth Gin, distilling here since 1793. And nearby, the National Marine Aquarium -
the largest of its kind in the UK - where you can get a VIP pass to go
diving with sharks. Or go for a gentler swim in the open air at the
beautiful art deco Tinside Lido on Plymouth Hoe.
Catch top bands and live shows at the 4,000-seat Plymouth Pavilions
arena or check out up-and-coming local talent at the wealth of smaller
venues. And with four theatres and five cinemas ranging from a 15-screen
multiplex to an independent arts centre, you’ll never be short of
something stimulating to see.
Get active with all the watersports
you can imagine, head to the slopes at the ski and snowboarding centre
or follow the off-road cycle trail all the way out to Dartmoor. We’ve
even got our own diving centre – so you really can immerse yourself in
the marine environment!