There are lots of reasons to head to the South West city of Plymouth. This Devon port city has a rich maritime heritage, plenty to see and do, but is also within easy reach of some of the UK’s most beautiful beaches and dramatic moors as well.
In Plymouth itself, visitors will find an ocean city filled with family-friendly and cultural attractions. Head to the famous Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrims set sail in 1620, explore the 37 ancient monuments through the free Plymouth Trails app or visit the National Marine Aquarium. The city was also home to famous artists including Beryl Cook and Robert Lenkiewicz, and art continues to be an inspiring theme across the surrounding South Devon area.
Royal William Yard is a popular location. An award-winning Grade I listed ex-naval victualling yard, it has been restored and is now home to an array of shops, restaurants and seasonal activities such as paddle boarding sessions, yoga by the water and sea swimming. A Plymouth spa day is perfect for combining with dinner here to cap it all off.
Head a little further afield and Plymouth is a great base for exploring seaside towns like Salcombe (famous for its sailing and its ice cream), the beauty of Dartmoor, and the natural wonder of Burgh Island - to name a few highlights.
Plymouth spas encapsulate the variety of experiences available. The magical Gaia Spa at Boringdon Hall looks out across Dartmoor and brings together a historic hotel with a contemporary spa. It’s equally wonderful for romantic trips or getaways with friends. You can also stay in the aforementioned town of Salcombe where the Salcombe Harbour Hotel and Spa hangs over the estuary. Or you might want to celebrate a special occasion at the majestic Bovey Castle in the heart of Dartmoor.