24 hours in Plymouth: A guide to the Ocean City

Plymouth (c) Mark Robinson, Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Plymouth (c) Mark Robinson, Flickr (CC BY 2.0) - Credit: Archant

In the latest of our 24-hour tours of Devon’s best locations, we head to Britain’s Ocean City


Royal William Yard

This picturesque grade one listed ex-Naval victualling yard offers breathtaking sea views, trendy shops, leading restaurants, galleries and high quality events.

Naval Memorial

Pay your respects at the Naval Memorial, overlooking the beautiful Plymouth Sound. The memorial commemorates the lives of the naval personnel who lost their lives during WW1 and 2.

Royal Citadel

Visit this dramatic 17th century fortress, built to defend the city and still used by the military today. Tours must be pre-booked so check online for more information.


Plymouth Pavilions

A regular stop for many nationally touring comedians, musicians and performers, there’s always something exciting in store at the Pavilions. The venue also houses an ice rink.

The Hub

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This exciting music venue and nightclub hosts a range of events from touring bands to tribute acts, clubs nights and themed events.

Theatre Royal

With a programme including a mix of touring productions, musicals, ballet, and new work. it’s always worth checking out what’s on at the Theatre Royal.



With dishes from around the world as well as plentiful vegetarian and vegan options, this restaurant and tapas bar has something for everyone.


You can’t spend time in a seaside city without stopping for fish and chips. With plenty for the gluten free diet, the Harbourside is a wonderful option.

The Chancel

It’s easy to unwind in the welcoming rustic surrounds of The Chancel. With 40 different wines to try in addition to an extensive food menu, it’s the perfect spot.


Identity Fashion

Head to Identity Fashion in Royal William Yard for unique, Bulgarian designed fashion. Expect fabulous designs, chic accessories and luxury at an accessible price.

Gosh & Absolutely

Step inside to have all your quirky home decoration needs met. G&A sell a fabulous range of lamps, lampshades and cushions that will brighten any room.

Drake Circus

With 70 of the UK’s top brands, high quality food and drink options and buzzing atmosphere, you can spend hours in this contemporary shopping mall.

Reader suggestions

Darren Harris: Positano Italian Restaurant is amazingly authentic and great food

Anthea Keene: Love The Boathouse Cafe for a fabulous breakfast.

Dorothy Watson: Monty’s Cafe on the Barbican is a must!

Next time we will be looking at Barnstaple

Send your suggestions of places we should mention to emily.diamond@archant.co.uk


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