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July 18, 2018 Destination Europe No Comments Email Email

Summer in Plymouth Feature

There are 52 Plymouths in the world… but this beautiful city on the South Devon coast is the original – and in our opinion – the best!

With Dartmoor to the north and the spectacular coastlines of the South Hams to the east and Cornwall to the west, Plymouth has loads to offer and is the perfect place for a staycation or holiday.  We’re spreading the word about the UK’s hidden treasure, and have press trips available, so if Plymouth’s on your bucket list, let us know and we’d love to chat with you about the possibilities of visiting.

Here are just some of the things that we love about Britain’s Ocean City – now the secret’s out, it’s time to share our list of things to do in Plymouth for Summer 2018:

Make your own gin

The world-famous Plymouth Gin is still distilled in the Black Friars Distillery on Plymouth’s Barbican. It’s the oldest working gin distillery in England and offers several different tours – the ‘Master Distiller’ tour even enables you to make your very own gin!  And don’t forget to stop for a gin cocktail at the Refectory Bar on site.

Climb a lighthouse

The distinctive red and white stripes of Smeaton’s Tower stand proudly on Plymouth Hoe, looking out to sea. Formerly a lighthouse, the 72-foot-high tower boasts incredible views of Plymouth Sound and the city from its lantern room – worth the 93-step climb.

Some of the world’s best music – live and by the sea

The home of Smeaton’s Tower and much-loved playground of Plymothians, Plymouth Hoe will be transformed for two nights this summer as MTV Presents: Ocean City Sounds hits the shoreline! Headline acts Bastille, Ella Eyre and Pete Tong and the Heritage Orchestra will take to the stage, tickets still available.

Visit the UK’s largest public aquarium

On Plymouth’s harbour side you’ll find the National Marine Aquarium – the country’s largest public aquarium, home to over 4,000 animals including sharks, stingrays andFriday, the Green Turtle! Their Atlantic Ocean exhibit is the deepest in the UK and holds over 2 million litres of water.

Fish & trips

Plymouth is Britain’s Ocean City which means it’s a great spot for fishing. Plymouth Boat Trips offer fishing trips, and the nearby Boathouse Café can then ‘Cook Your Catch’ afterwards!

Learn more about Mayflower 400

In 1620, the Mayflower Pilgrim set off from Plymouth UK, bound for the New World. The journey is hugely significant in the political history of the United States, and an estimated 35 million people can trace their ancestry back to one of the ship’s passengers.  2020 will mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s sailing and commemorations are planned around the world, with Plymouth being the lead city.  Visitors to Plymouth can ponder the incredible journey made nearly 400 years ago from the Mayflower Steps in the Barbican and visit Mayflower Museum to learn more about this historical journey.

Splash in Tinside Lido

Located at the tip of Plymouth Hoe, the Grade II listed lido is an iconic landmark and its colourful Art Deco-style features make it one of only a handful of its kind in the country. Tinside is open from May through to September and welcomes in excess of 30,000 people each year. Having been voted one of the top 10 outdoor pools in Europe, swimmers and sunbathers travel from all over the country to enjoy its saltwater pools and beautiful views out across the Channel.  This summer, Tinside Lido will also host outdoor cinema where guests can enjoy cult films such as Dirty Dancing and Jaws as well as recent releases.

See incredible fireworks

Since 1997, Plymouth has been home to the British Firework Championships, which sees six professional firework display companies battle it out over two nights to be crowned the winner. The natural amphitheatre of Plymouth Sound makes it the perfect location to host an event like this – and it’s completely free to attend.  Thousands of spectators will head to the shoreline to gaze at spectacular pyrotechnics for this year’s event which takes place on 8 and 9 August.


Where to stay – Boringdon Hall

Plymouth is blessed with a variety of excellent accommodation providers but only one five-star hotel – Boringdon Hall.


This grand Devonshire manor boasts devotedly designed interiors, 40 sumptuous rooms and suites, a well-stocked bar and two tantalising restaurants – the 3 AA Rosette fine dining Gallery Restaurant, and the Great Hall where lighter bites and afternoon tea is served.  Gaia Spa is a purpose-built wellness spa set within the grounds of Boringdon, a completely unique space for relaxation and reconnecting with nature, designed with the need for complete wellbeing in mind.  Gaia was named 2018 Condé Nast Johansen Best Destination Spa in the UK & Ireland and Boringdon Hall was named Sunday Times Number One Hotel & Spa in 2016.

Enchanted Summer Break

Be well and truly spoiled with a blissful concoction of relaxation, wellness and pure indulgence in the serene summer time setting of the Elizabethan manor house.  Includes:

  • Two nights accommodation
  • A delicious and nutritious Devonshire breakfast in the Gallery Restaurant
  • Dinner in the 3 AA Rosette Gallery Restaurant on one evening
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Full use of Gaia Spa facilities during your stay
  • 25% off any spa treatments at Gaia Spa, pre-booked before arrival.

How much?

£419 per couple | May & June
£469 per couple | July
£499 per couple | August

Terms and conditions apply, please see the website for details.

Boringdon Hall, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 4DP

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