Plymouth Sound and its surroundings offer an ideal sailing environment, but the area also boasts a wealth of other attractions and activities for visitors beyond the sport itself.


With its mix of outdoor pursuits, living heritage, cultural attractions and scenic beauty, the Plymouth area provides endless recreational opportunities beyond its excellent sailing conditions alone.

Natural Landscape

Plymouth is blessed with a stunning coastal setting. The South West Coast Path, one of the UK’s most scenic trails, winds along the cliffs and headlands, providing breathtaking views and opportunities for hiking, photography, and wildlife watching. Nearby Dartmoor National Park offers a contrast with its rugged moorlands, ancient forests, and opportunities for cycling, rock climbing and more.

Historic attractions

As one of England’s most important naval bases, Plymouth has a rich maritime heritage. Visitors can explore the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrim settlers embarked in 1620, tour the historic Royal William Yard and Devonport Naval Heritage sites, or visit the Elizabethan Gardens and remains of the old city walls.

Cultural experiences

Plymouth boasts a vibrant arts scene with theaters, galleries and museums. The city’s renowned Theatre Royal stages plays and musicals, while the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery houses extensive collections. The historic Barbican district’s cobbled streets are lined with restaurants, pubs and independent shops.

Family fun

The National Marine Aquarium is a major draw, with its impressive underwater worlds. The Saltram House is a great country estate to explore with its gardens and family trails. And just outside Plymouth, families can enjoy theme parks like Woodlands Adventure Park.

More information

We’ve put together some guides for those new to the area.