Amongst the major attractions, and brand new to the city, is The Box.  Far more interesting than it sounds, The Box is Plymouth’s new museum, and more than that, since it houses nine permanent exhibitions, galleries, archives, a café, shop and bar.  The Box reveals Plymouth’s rich heritage and turbulent history in its impressive collection of displays, making it a crucial addition to the city’s attractions.


The Marine Aquarium

The Marine Aquarium. Image by CAROLINE HERNANDEZ


Other key attractions and places to visit include: the wonderful National Marine Aquarium, the UK’s largest aquarium, housing over 4,000 sea creatures; Plymouth Gin Distillery, where fascinating guided tours lead the visitor through over 200 years of gin making history; The Barbican and The Hoe, two of Plymouth’s most intact and historical areas, both very pleasant to wander around, and where the likes of the Mayflower Steps, Smeaton’s Tower and the Royal Citadel can be enjoyed; the Royal William Yard, originally the major victualling depot of the English Royal Navy; and others.


Plymouth Gin Distillery Tours

Plymouth Gin Distillery Tours. Image by ALEX GRAEME


Walking around the city, especially along the water’s edge, is a great way to appreciate Plymouth, and there are plenty of boat trips available to help one get the seafaring angle on this intriguing place.