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Student Guest Blog – Places to visit in Plymouth
If you’re going to be studying in Plymouth, rest assured there will always be something fun to do. Whether going out for drinks with friends or taking relaxing walks down by the seafront, Plymouth has many attractions and hotspots that you will want to visit.
Boston Tea Party
Plymouth boasts a vast number of places to eat and drink. For a more relaxed space to meet friends, have a coffee with some food or study, Boston Tea Party is the place to go. The café is right next to Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour (under 10 minutes’ walk from Host’s two Plymouth locations) and offers a delicious menu and drink selection with two charmingly designed floors that welcome you to relax and enjoy appetizing breakfast selections, brunch with a smoothie or a simple cup of coffee.
If you’re looking for a lively place to go for drinks with friends with the promise of delicious food, Turtle Bay is a spot to explore in Plymouth. Turtle Bay is not only open for breakfast but also open for a bottomless brunch every day of the week. With the drinks they have on the menu, you won’t want to miss it and paired with the Caribbean soul food, you’ll want to keep going back for more.
Central Park is a beautiful spot for a serene walk overlooking Plymouth amongst meadows and woodlands. If you’re a fan of greenery and the outdoors, Central Park is a refreshing place to take a walk and has designated sports areas such as football pitches and tennis courts as well as The Meadow Café for a drink or light snack. Taking a walk-through Central Park is ensured to help you take a break, relax and enjoy the fresh air.
The Hoe and The Barbican
Another great place to walk with a promise of great views and many café stops in Plymouth is The Hoe. With a view of the sea, you can visit Smeaton’s Tower, the Tinside Lido and many other spots along the waterfront.
The Hoe is also a short walk from The Barbican where you can find a variety of small shops and businesses ranging from arts and crafts shops to bakeries and restaurants. You’ll also find the Plymouth Gin Distillery here which is another great place to take a tour of.
Being a five-minute walk from Plymouth University and Plymouth College of Art, The Box is an amazing museum within Plymouth that features art galleries and archives as well as many exhibitions that are constantly being updated with new and exciting artefacts. The collections are intriguing and captivating, and The Box welcomes visitors all year round to see the exhibits and artefacts with both temporary exhibitions and permanent galleries, some of which feature the iconic woolly mammoth, the immersive ‘100 Journeys’ installation and the Media Lab. There is so much to see and learn at The Box, make sure to pay a visit.
The National Marine Aquarium
The National Marine Aquarium is a popular place in Plymouth that offers the experience of an underwater world and a multitude of fun events for you to get involved in and being the UK’s largest aquarium, the NMA has many ocean-themed exhibits and activities. Designed in a way that takes you through a journey starting at the sea life of Plymouth all the way to the Great Barrier Reef, you can find Sandbar Sharks in the Atlantic Ocean exhibit or Thornback Rays at the Eddystone Reef exhibit. There is so much more on offer at the NMA and exploring life underwater is something you won’t want to miss.
For some more amazing spots, try Rockfish Seafood Restaurant, Mirror Gallery, Royal William Yard and The Barcode. Plymouth has an array of hidden gems and there is so much to do in the city. Whichever way you like to spend your time, Plymouth has something for everyone, all you have to do is explore and make the most of what the city has to offer.
Looking for accommodation in Plymouth this September? Then check out our two locations, Frobisher House and The Old Dairy. If The Old Dairy tickles your fancy, act fast as we have limited availability.
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