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Explore Plymouth and beyond, Britain’s Ocean City

Situated in one of the most beautiful locations imaginable, Devon’s South Coast.

Plymouth borders Cornwall and has everything you’d expect from a cool, cultural city. With lots of opportunities to get in, on, under or beside the sea. You’ll wonder why you didn’t visit sooner.

Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City is home to the first UK’s National Marine Park… explore and find out why.

Sandwiched between the incredible South West coastline and the wild beauty of Dartmoor National Park, Plymouth is a city with a lot going on. 

There’s everything you’d expect to find in a cool, cultural city, with great shopping, arts and entertainment and a world class programme of events. Time to explore.  

With the wide expanse of Plymouth Sound National Marine Park on the doorstep there are plenty of opportunities to dive in, enjoy the water and learn more about the wildlife that lives beneath the waves. Whether you’re into sailing, wild swimming, paddle-boarding or marine conservation or just fancy a boat trip, there’s plenty to dip your toe into during your visit. 

Plymouth owes its existence to the ocean. From Sir Francis Drake setting off to circumnavigate the world, to the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620 or the city’s significant naval heritage, the waterfront location plays centre stage. 

Discover Plymouth’s maritime history at the Mayflower Step and Mayflower Museum. Royal William Yard, Plymouth Hoe and the Royal Citadel, a dramatic 17th century fortress, or hop on a boat trip around Plymouth Sound to experience Britain’s Ocean City from the water. Plymouth is also home to the National Marine Aquarium, the UK’s largest with over 4,000 sea creatures, great and small.  

Wander the cobbled streets of the Barbican and Sutton Harbour with their eclectic mix of boutiques, art galleries and cafes, or head to the city centre for the best shopping in the South West with top brand names at Drake Circus shopping centre. 

Make sure to take a visit to Plymouth’s incredible museum, The Box, to find out all about the city’s fascinating history. There’s a changing programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year and it’s free to enter.  

Rain or shine, Britain’s Ocean City is home to breath-taking views, plenty to see and do and lots of fresh, sea air. There’s something going on 365 days a year. 

There’s nowhere quite like it - let us show you around. 

Sandy beaches, beautiful fishing hamlets, tiny pebbled coves, stunning moors and rural landscapes, it’s little wonder this region is so popular.