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Visit Plymouth


If you are attending a course in Plymouth, why not combine it with a weekend break or longer stay.

Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city with a wealth of attractions and activities for the whole family to enjoy. It is a City with a population of over 250,000, and it set amidst some of England's most glorious countryside, where a rich maritime heritage meets the bustle of modern commerce, and where a popular holiday centre turns, at night, into a glittering city of entertainment and culture.

Plymouth is a historic City with strong naval and associated shipping background, with Napoleonic buildings which have been preserved at Royal William Yard, Stonehouse. This in itself is an enclave of mixed use, with a gallery, and restaurant, looking out to a waterfront vista, which is an unique visitor spot.  

The Barbican 


Within the waterside Barbican area some of the oldest parts of Plymouth provide an excellent visitor experience.  The Mayflower steps can still be seen today where the Mayflower departed to America in 1620.  The Barbican is packed full of local eateries, with maritime connections, along with other art and crafts, and antique picture galleries. It is a great location for a day or evening visit to Plymouth, which will interest all ages  You can also have a tour of the Plymouth Gin factory and dine in the acclaimed Tanner Brothers restaurant ‘Barbican Kitchen’ adjacent to this.

The  Barbican leads past the Citadel to Plymouth Hoe which provides spectacular views out to the sea. It also provides the opportunity to Climb Smeaton's Tower and watch a game of bowls, played upon the famous Bowling Green where Sir Francis Drake famously finished his game before taking on the Spanish Armada in 1588.

Sutton Harbour  

plymouth marina

Sutton Harbour is a new waterside development located within a short walking distance of the Barbican, which is bridge linked to provide pedestrian access. There is a plethora of restaurants and bistros which provide the ideal location for business and pleasure. The National Marine Aquarium is located adjacent to the Sutton Harbour area, and it is the largest aquarium in the UK, which is a top attraction for visitors to the City.

In addition to the historic side of Plymouth, there is a cultural scene of activity, which is principally centred around the Theatre Royal which is located centrally within the City. It is also located within close proximity of Plymouth Pavilions which host some of the top national acts of comedy, and live music performances.

A covered retail centre known as ‘Drakes Circus’ has opened in Plymouth which accommodates over 100 separate national, and independent shops from High street, to more local boutiques for all occasions.

More on Plymouth

Plymouth is home to Plymouth Argyle Football Club, Plymouth Albion Rugby Club, along with Plymouth Raiders basketball team who all welcome support at their home fixtures.

plymouth weather

Accommodation is provided in a range of hotels within, and across the City including City Inn, The Copthorne, The Holiday Inn, Duke of Cornwall, and Future Inns just to name a few of the larger hotels within and around Plymouth.

For further information on Plymouth go to: with information on dedicated areas for Leisure and Tourism, with a ‘Whats on’ Guide.

Our Course organisers are always happy to point you in the right direction if you need some local knowledge to extend your visit to Plymouth.