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Crowne Plaza Plymouth

Explore Plymouth

Local Tips

Local Tips

Must See

You can explore Dartmoor National Park's wild, heather-covered moorland and peaceful wooded valleys on foot, by bike or on horseback. It's less than 20 minutes away by car. If that sounds too energetic, from March to October you can admire the view from a steam train on the South Devon Railway. For family fun, try letterboxing, which combines walking, hunting for treasure and solving puzzles.

What's New

Less than a mile away from Plymouth's new £46m museum, art gallery and archive The Box. 9 permanent galleries showcase the city’s incredible collections and include 14 monumental ships’ figureheads, thousands of natural history specimens, a full-size woolly mammoth replica, paintings, drawings, prints, sculpture and ceramics, objects, film and photography, documents, maps and plans.

Tips

If you're at the seaside, a swim is a must. The restored Art Deco saltwater pool at Tinside Lido is open from May to September and a short walk across the Hoe from the hotel. While the kids play under the fountain, you can relax in a deckchair overlooking the sea. Feeling energetic? Try kayaking or paddle boarding at The Mount Batten Water Sports and Activities Centre, 20 minutes' drive away.

Must Do

If you get the urge to build sandcastles, surf or eat ice cream, several beaches are within half an hours drive of the hotel. Blackpool Sands is a peaceful shingle cove where you can swim, hire kayaks or eat organic food from the cafe. Challaborough Beach is sandy, with waves for bodyboarding and rock pools for the kids to explore. Picturesque Wembury Beach is closer, and you can get there by bus.

Don't Go Home Without

Get up close to fearsome sharks or glowing jellyfish at the National Marine Aquarium, 11 minutes' walk from the hotel. Watch out for elegant stingrays and turtles too, gliding through immense tanks that recreate coral reefs and the depths of the ocean. On the way back you can stop off at 18th-century lighthouse Smeaton's Tower. Climbing its steep steps will reward you with panoramic coastal views.

Things To Do

Things To Do

National Marine Aquarium

Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth, Devon PL4 0LF

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium. It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, a charity dedicated to connecting people with the Ocean. The NMA tells the story of the Ocean through a journey around the world, building emotional connections to the Ocean with all who visit.