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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Plymouth

A costal paradise awaits! As one of the largest towns in Devon, there are lots of things to do in Plymouth.

Surrounded by golden sands, it’s a vibrant waterfront city with lots of attractions, activities and entertainment to keep you busy.

The Merchant’s House Museum provides a window into the lives of those from the 17th century. The seven rooms take you through different themes such as transport and the Victorian era, and the house itself is a stark visual reminder of a time gone by.

Over in The Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery you can see an extensive collection of fine art, natural history and archeology. Many of the exhibitions are hands-on, giving children the chance to get interactive plus there’s a family gallery trail you can print off and follow.

If you enjoy a good trail the Curious About Plymouth Treasure Hunt will be right up your street. Choose one of two themes and then get together as a family to follow clues and solve puzzles as you make your way around this maritime port and discover so much more on this Plymouth family day out.

You don’t have to get wet to explore the ocean around you. At the National Marine Aquarium you can take a look into the wondrous world of the Atlantic Ocean where you can see sand sharks, nurse sharks and watch eagle rays dance under the water.

Depending on the time of year you visit, you can either strap on your skates for a turn around the Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink or step into your cossie for a dip in the Tinside Lido. Either way, there are lots of activities to enjoy!

Find your perfect day out

Indoor soft play frame at Drakes Den in Plymouth

Drakes Den

  • Plymouth
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Drakes Den offer a huge multi-level and seriously multicolour adventure play frame which features loads of the modern physical play features and padd...

Miniature train at Plymouth Miniature Steam

Plymouth Miniature Steam

  • Plymouth
  • Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Plymouth Miniature Steam offers a charming and traditional day out for families with kids of all ages, also ideal for bringing grandparents and frien...

A family inside Saltram House, photo credit National Trust/Chris Lacey

Saltram House and Gardens

  • Plymouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Ready to step back in time? At Saltram House and Gardens, you can go back and find out what life was like living as a Georgian in the Regency period,...

Cheetah at Dartmoor Zoological Park in Plymouth

Dartmoor Zoological Park4.666666666666667 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Plymouth
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Animal lovers will love spending the day discovering all that Dartmoor Zoological Park has to offer. Get the whole family together and head off on a...

A girl showing her hands covered in sand

Portwrinkle Beach

  • Torpoint
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

At Portwrinkle beach in Cornwall, you get not only one, but two fantastic beaches! Once you head down the steps to the shore, there’s Portwrinkle bea...

A group of boys playing at Buckland Abbey, Photo credit National Trust/John Millar

Buckland Abbey

  • Yelverton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Got little history buffs? At Buckland Abbey in Devon, you’ll discover over 700 years of history wrapped up in the beautiful abbey and estate packed f...

Outside view of Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust in Tavistock

Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust

  • Tavistock
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Morwellham Quay and Tamar Valley Trust is an award winning museum attraction that forms part of a World Heritage site. Features include a historic vi...

A toddler standing on a pebble beach

Seaton Beach

  • Torpoint
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Seaton beach in Cornwall, a pebbled beach that the little ones will love exploring, with rock pools and even a little river, there’s loa...

Donkeys at Tamar Valley Donkey Park in Gunnislake

Tamar Valley Donkey Park

  • Gunnislake
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Tamar Valley Donkey Park is home to 27 donkeys to observe and pet, but also 16 goats, 2 pigs, 4 ponies and many more including the hold-able and cudd...

Sunset at Bigbury on Sea Beach in Modbury

Bigbury on Sea Beach

  • Modbury
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

This blue flag awarded beach is a perfect spot for a family day out, with safe swimming away from the river, on the gently shelving sands. Canoeing a...

People on segways at Southwest Segway Adventure in Tavistock

Southwest Segway Adventure

  • Tavistock
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

If like us, you have seen a Segway and thought to yourself Yes! I want to have a go!", then you are half way there.. now you just need to take the ne...

Field at Tree Surfers in Tavistock

Tree Surfers

  • Tavistock
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Tree Surfers is a place for family adventure. Come as a family or drop the kids off for a day of adventure on one of our Kids Go Wild days (specific...

Clear day at The Bar and Cove Vean in Isles of Scilly

The Bar and Cove Vean

  • Isles of Scilly
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

The Bar and Cove Vean is a quiet, peaceful place even in the height of summer, this beach is on St Agnes, a short ferry trip from St Mary. Take the s...

Monkey at Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary in Looe

Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary

  • Looe
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Monkeys are intelligent, playful animals that have a safe home at The Monkey Sanctuary. This active rescue centre takes in animals that haven’t had t...

Toddler soft play area at Play Planet Tavistock

Play Planet Tavistock4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Tavistock
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Play Planet is a great place for your kids to burn-off some energy and make some new friends. With ball pools, slides, nets and a dedicated toddler a...

Families at Meadowlands in Tavistock

Meadowlands Leisure Pool

  • Tavistock
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Meadowlands offers 2 indoor heated pools one for serious swimming and development, plus one with fabulous flume slide, river rapids and interactive w...

Map and booklet for The Dartmoor Mystery Treasure Trail

The Dartmoor Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Dartmoor
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Hunt for the answers to the clues on the Dartmoor Mystery self guided themed Treasure Trail. The directions on this Driving and Walking Trail will le...

Kartworld go karting

Adrenalin Quarry

  • Liskeard
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Bring thrills into your day out with the kids! Enjoy an action-packed experience at Adrenalin Quarry - Cornwall’s activity hub for daredevil families...

Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

Bigbury on Sea Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Kingsbridge
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

On the Bigbury-on-Sea Mystery Treasure Trail be sure to remember your thinking caps, the trail guide and… a sea tractor?! Yes, you heard that right!...

Girl standing on a sandy beach

Millendreath Beach

  • Looe
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Fancy a day out at a quiet and remote sandy beach in Cornwall? Millendreath beach is a great find, and at low tide you’ll find a long, soft and sandy...

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