Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city full of attractions, activities, shopping, entertainment and sightseeing. There is something here for everyone.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Get up close to fearsome sharks or glowing jellyfish at the National Marine Aquarium, stop off at 18th-century lighthouse Smeaton's Tower, visit Plymouth's Gin Distillery, the oldest working distillery in England or book a Theatre Show at Plymouth's Theatre Royal, take a tour around The Box, the South-West's museum, art gallery and archive or if you're feeling brave a dip in Tinside Lido.
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.