Family Attractions of Plymouth (Self Guided), Plymouth

The beautiful waterfront town of Plymouth is a joy to discover with the whole family. The Marine Aquarium alone can keep you busy all day. Learn, relax and have fun together – Plymouth has something to offer for all ages. Take this walking tour and get to know this friendly town even better!
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Family Attractions of Plymouth Map

Guide Name: Family Attractions of Plymouth
Guide Location: England » Plymouth (See other walking tours in Plymouth)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 5
Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.4 Km or 2.1 Miles
Author: VictoriaB
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • National Marine Aquarium
  • Clay Art
  • The House That Jack Built
  • Plymouth Pavilions
  • Central Park
National Marine Aquarium

1) National Marine Aquarium (must see)

The National Marine Aquarium, built on reclaimed land, is located in Sutton Harbour, next to the Barbican and fishmarket, and was opened in May 1998. It is the largest aquarium in the United Kingdom. The mission statement of the National Marine Aquarium is "Driving Marine Conservation through Engagement". It is dedicated to its charitable aims of research, education and conservation.

The Aquarium is divided into 4 main zones: Plymouth Sound, British Coasts, Atlantic Ocean and Blue Planet. A visit to the aquarium takes you on a journey from the local waters of Plymouth across the world to the Great Barrier Reef. The Plymouth Sound displays marine life found around Plymouth. It concentrates on the surprising range of habitats found around the City. Most animals displayed in this zone are found in shallow water. sea stars, rays, lobsters, and an octopus. British Coasts zone houses life-size models of whales and dolphins found around Britain and the large Eddystone tank displays creatures found on the Eddystone reef, 12 miles offshore from Plymouth.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Clay Art

2) Clay Art

Create your own souvenir by which to remember the beautiful Plymouth. ClayArt is a pottery studio located in the historic Barbican, where anyone can paint their own designs onto blank ceramics. Your masterpiece will then be glazed and fired for you by the studio's staff. This fun activity requires no prior experience and is entertaining for all ages.
The House That Jack Built

3) The House That Jack Built

The House That Jack Built is a fantasy world created by Barbican painter Jack Nash. This unique craft arcade creates an unusual shopping experience, where you wander among gnomes, plants and waterfalls. The House That Jack Built hosts several shops where you can find anything from antiques to original artwork and unique homeware.
Plymouth Pavilions

4) Plymouth Pavilions

Plymouth Pavilions is an entertainment and sports complex that has an Ice Rink, Live Cafe and arena. The arena is used for corporate hire and as an entertainment venue. The Pavilions is built on the site of the former Millbay railway station that is directly opposite from the Duke of Cornwall Hotel. The granite pillars which can be seen outside the main entrance were once the gate posts to the station.
Sight description based on wikipedia
Central Park

5) Central Park

Central Park is trust land, which explains why it has not been built on in the middle of the city. The trust deed dedicated the land 'for municipal use' and as such it cannot be built on or developed, except for leisure purposes open to all. It is popular among walkers and joggers as it holds views all over the city to the sea.

The park is used mainly for sport and recreation: it has many leisure facilities such as football, rugby and cricket pitches, a golf course, a bowling green, a baseball court, Central Park Leisure Pools, Mayflower Leisure Centre and Home Park Stadium, home to Plymouth Argyle Football Club. There is also a new playground area, which is based on the continents of the world.

As of 2007 there are plans by the council to demolish the now ageing Leisure Pools and Mayflower Leisure Centre and replace them with a new larger combined indoor sports complex (Life Centre) with multipurpose indoor pitches, basketball court, ice rink, swimming pool and café.

Saturday 24th March see's the opening of the new multi million pound Life Center.
Sight description based on wikipedia

Walking Tours in Plymouth, England

Create Your Own Walk in Plymouth

Create Your Own Walk in Plymouth

Creating your own self-guided walk in Plymouth is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Cultural Venues

Cultural Venues

Plymouth - the beautiful maritime town of international value has been called 'city of the world' for its vibrant cultural scene and historic legacy. Elizabethan houses or England's oldest gin distillery, Plymouth's jewels will satisfy any curious mind. Get closer to British heritage through the cultural and historical places of this one of a kind city with this self-guided...  view more

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.6 Km or 1.6 Miles
Plymouth Shopping Tour

Plymouth Shopping Tour

The beautiful Plymouth is great not just for sightseeing but can be a wonderful place to shop as well. You can't leave this town without a bottle of its world famous gin, or at least a post card with one of its amazing views. Take this self-guided walking tour to find your way among the many souvenir, specialty and high street brand shops.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.6 Km or 1 Miles
Historical Barbican Neighborhood

Historical Barbican Neighborhood

Plymouth's Barbican neighbourhood is the oldest in the city, located in the old harbour area. Being one of the few parts of the city to escape destruction during the WWII Blitz, the Barbican boasts architecture from the early sixteenth century and on. Discover Barbican's wonderful mix of historic buildings, lively pubs and restaurants with this walking tour guide.

Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 0.5 Km or 0.3 Miles
Plymouth Introduction Walking Tour

Plymouth Introduction Walking Tour

Plymouth, one of Britain's most prominent cities, boasts a great maritime heritage and a number of landmarks of both aesthetic and historic value. Barbican district – home of the Mayflower Steps, a place from where the Pilgrim Fathers embarked on their voyage to America in 1620; and the Sutton Harbour - home to the National Marine Aquarium, are just some of them. The following orientation...  view more

Tour Duration: 3 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.6 Km or 3.5 Miles
Top Religious Sites

Top Religious Sites

Plymouth is home to Devon's largest church parish as well as the oldest synagogue in the English speaking countries. Credited with being the site of the first church built in Saxon times, Plymouth is a delight to discover for all lovers of religious architecture. Take a walk and enjoy the divine side of Plymouth!

Tour Duration: 2 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 Km or 2.7 Miles