If you are choose to berth your boat in The Marina at Sutton Harbour in Plymouth, then you will find a wealth of top-class events, venues and restaurants within an easy walk of the waterside.
But the rest of the city is also well within reach and Britain’s Ocean City has much more to offer within less than a mile or two – so if you wish to go a little further afield walking is easy and taxis are plentiful and available on The Parade at Sutton Harbour. But, for an alternative way to see the city you might also visit one of the local cycle hire companies with the excellent Rockets and Rascals being a favourite.
The Rockets and Rascals café on The Parade is fantastic, and they are a key part of the Plymouth cycle scene, and provide a link to their café outpost at the fabulous Royal William Yard a mile or so along the waterfront. They also have a bike workshop and hire centre situated next to the Boathouse Café on the far side of The Mayflower Steps at the entrance to Sutton Harbour.
If you are interested in cycling, then one event not to miss this springtime is the Plymouth Gan Fondo sportive. It starts in Sutton Harbour at Rockets and Rascals and more information can be found on our website.
A well-signed Coastal Path borders the South West of England for over 600 miles and it is very easy to follow. Part of it tracks the water alongside Sutton Harbour, The Barbican and The Hoe and Waterfront. The section from Sutton Harbour over the world-famous Hoe to the Tamar passes a wonderful series of sculptures linked to the area’s history with incredible views to boot.
Boat trips along the coast or up to the Naval Dockyard and warships can be had from the Barbican, as can fishing trips to favourite offshore spots. A good place to find out more about these is at the side of the Mayflower Steps and beside The Boathouse Café. You might even head west across the Tamar on the Cremyll Ferry to Mount Edgcumbe park, or East by water taxi to Mountbatten – the former RAF seaplane base where TE Lawrence was once based.
Away from the waterside, Britain’s Ocean City still has plenty to offer. The Theatre Royal is one of the UK’s top regional theatres and is frequently used to develop the biggest shows before their West End run. Well worth checking out what’s on during your stay!
Plymouth Pavilions also hosts some of the biggest names in pop every year and also has a great selection of things for the children to do, from ice-skating and swimming to soft play and birthday parties.
On a smaller scale, The Barbican Theatre and B Bar is tucked away beside the historic Mayflower Steps and is a great experience. As well as the theatre upstairs there is a small stage in the bar-restaurant – which serves excellent cake and coffee and also has a very tasty Thai noodle restaurant. Here you can see music events, open-mic nights and comedy shows on a nightly basis.
The National Marine Aquarium is one of the UK’s largest aquariums (and in many respects the main one). It provides a fascinating tour around the seas of the UK and the world. It also hosts events and if you have children provides a Sleepover with the Sharks!
The national cinema chain VUE has a multi screen complex at the Barbican Leisure Park just beside the Plymouth Fisheries and National Marine Aquarium sites. Catch all the latest big movies here. Beside it are several restaurants and also Plymouth’s Ten Pin Bowling alley.
For a guide to events in Sutton Harbour all year round, we suggest you look at the www.ExperienceSuttonHarbour.co.uk website which is always updated with the latest news.
Some of the regular events that Plymouth is known for are hosted annually at Sutton Harbour and the Barbican. These include the National Fireworks Competition, The Ocean City Festival, the Plymouth Pirate Day, the Classic Boat Rally, The Seafood Festival and some spectacular visits from some of the UK’s best-known Tall Ships. See www.experiencesuttonharbour.co.uk for more information.
For a little retail therapy you cannot beat Sutton Harbour and The Barbican as they are Plymouth’s Independent Shopping Quarter. Here the shops are small and they sell unique, often hand-crafted gifts. The art galleries, sweet shops, chocolate shop and Plymouth Gin Distillery have so much to offer that it’s hard to imagine going anywhere else!
But for a bigger and more populist option, the Drake Circus Shopping Centre and High Street is only a short walk from Sutton Harbour. Plymouth’s Pannier Market is a traditional and fascinating place to pick up unusual items as well as household goods and the friendly atmosphere and local banter can really help give a flavour of the city.
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Sutton Harbour Marina
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