Plymouth Hoe

There is a lot to see in the historic maritime City of Plymouth. As well as a wide selection of shops, you can walk up to the Hoe for a great view over Plymouth Sound, visit the historic Barbican, or take a trip to view the ships in Devonport.

Things to do

Visit the National Marine Aquarium, which has over 400 species spread over six zones. There are all kinds of marine creatures, from seahorses to sharks.

Take a walk up to the Hoe and see where Francis Drake is said to have played bowls before sailing to engage the Armada. Smeaton’s Tower is the old Eddystone Lighthouse, which when replaced was rebuilt on the Hoe. Climb to the top for the best views over Plymouth Sound and Drake’s Island. Adjacent to the Hoe is the Royal Citadel, which was originally built in the late 1660s and is still in military use today. Guided tours are available on Tuesday and Thursday.

Explore the historic Barbican area and the Mayflower Steps, from where the Pilgrim Fathers sailed to the New World. There are many interesting shops, galleries and places to eat in the area and boat trips to view the Dockyard depart adjacent to the Mayflower Steps.

Getting to Plymouth

From Exeter, you can either take the X38 bus, or take the train. There are also direct buses from Torbay and Totnes (X80), Dartmouth and Kingsbridge (93) and Tavistock (83/84/86). All the bus services stop in the bus station, which is convenient for the town centre and Barbican. The Rail Station is about a 10 minute walk, or 5 minute bus ride from the town.

If you are travelling from further afield, take the bus or train to Exeter and then catch one of the services listed above.

Use our Interactive Bus Map