I have lived in Plymouth for 2 years now and I feel like I’ve done enough exploring to put together a pretty good 3 day itinerary for Plymouth! These places range from only spending an hour or so here, to you most likely spending a whole day here.
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So, let’s get into the best 3 day itinerary for Plymouth, England!
Day 1 – Aquarium and Saltram Park
On your first day in Plymouth, I highly recommend visiting the aquarium! This is the UK’s biggest aquarium and you could easily spend all morning in here. If you’re a photographer, this is a great place to bring your camera! If you follow my Instagram, I post a lot of my aquarium pictures on there.
Ticket prices are £19.30 (in January 2021) and I would allow at least 3 hours to explore all of the tanks.
Once you’ve spent your morning here, cross the pedestrian bridge and have some lunch on the Barbican. Check out this post to decide where to eat.
Saltram Park is a National Park that is perfect for a picnic or BBQ, as well as a peaceful walk. It’s near a Sainsbury’s so I recommend popping in there to grab a disposable BBQ and some sausages, sauces and buns. There is also Saltram Beach (and other little beaches) which are the safest areas for lighting a fire.
You also get a stunning sunset view from here as well!
Day 2 – Drake Circus and Barbican Leisure Park
Shopping in Drake Circus is a must for Plymouth! This is in the heart of the city and it is full of cafes and shops; it’s easy to spend a whole afternoon in here. On the other side of the shopping centre is The Barcode where you can play mini golf and go to the cinema.
At the Barbican Leisure park, you will experience an evening of childhood joy. Not only do they have a bowling alley, you can use the pool tables and play in the arcade, as well as have something to eat and drink. It is super easy to spend a good 3 hours in here. The entry is free, but the cost of bowling is roughly £30 for 2 adults playing, but they do offer student and child discounts.
Also in this leisure park is a cinema and lots of places to eat! It’s an area that makes for a really easy but fun date night.
Day 3 – Mount Batten and Squirrel Park
To start off your 3rd day in Plymouth, I recommend heading out to Mount Batten; this is an island off the coast which can be accessed via boat and bus, however boat is much more fun and quicker. If you’re wanting to go via boat, this is the site to check out, it is only £2 each way for an adult, £1 for a child, and it runs every 30 minutes.
On Mount Batten you can try out sailing or stand up paddle boarding for £29.50 per person; these book up fast so book in advance! Also here is a really nice walk, which takes about 30 minutes and you get beautiful views of Plymouth harbour and the sea.
In order to spend a bit of time in nature, I recommend having a picnic or a walk through (what we call) squirrel park, although it’s called Beaumont Park.
Be sure to watch the squirrels before deciding which tree to sit under, because I got too close to a certain tree in the middle, left quadrant and got chased away by a squirrel.