Romantic things to do in Plymouth

Romantic things to do in waterside Plymouth

There’s plenty of loved-up things to do in Plymouth. This southern Devon city spans a fascinating history, most notably being the point where the historic Mayflower ship departed to set sail for the New World (USA). There’s a wealth of history, culture and entertainment to take in, all of which make a great part of a couple’s break. Its excellent seafront position means you can take in sweeping seascape vistas, while its historic gardens and listed buildings give it a charming feel. But its modernity truly comes to the forefront with its high-end dining, swish restaurant settings and chic bars to while away the evenings in. Browse our tempting selection of Plymouth holidays to start planning your romantic escape.

  1. Go steady around the Ice Rink at Plymouth Pavilions
  2. Climb Smeaton’s Tower and admire the views
  3. Feel other-worldly at the National Marine Aquarium
  4. Get intimate at The Chancel
  5. Take it slow at the Elizabethan Gardens
  6. Pause for lunch at the Barbican

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1. Go steady around the Ice Rink at Plymouth Pavilions

Get your skates on and head to the Plymouth Pavilions for a couples-friendly activity of ice-skating. Glide around the rink hand in hand, or show off a snazzy move or two to your partner! If you want to amp it up a notch, head along to one of their disco nights, so you can really get down – and style out any unplanned tumbles...

Best for: Hand-holding couples.

While you’re there: Hit up the Pavilions for an evening of great entertainment, from live comedy to foot-thumping gigs.

2. Climb Smeaton’s Tower and admire the views

Smeaton’s Tower is an iconic symbol of Plymouth, and features on many a tourist souvenir. Located on the Hoe, it was originally built in 1759 and moved to its current position in the early 19th century. At 72ft high, you can venture inside and climb the spiral staircase to the lantern room at the top. From here, you and your partner can enjoy the sweeping views of the rocky cliffside ahead of you and fierce ocean waves ahead. You’ll feel as if you’re in your very own fairytale!

Bets for: Snap-happy couples.

While you’re there: Stroll along the Hoe to the Belvedere, a building referred to as the Wedding Cake – you’ll see why.

3. Feel other-worldly at the National Marine Aquarium

There’s no doubting that a visit to the National Marine Aquarium is one of the most romantic things to do in Plymouth. Not only is it the UK’s largest aquarium, but your ticket is valid for 12 months, so you can plan your return if you don’t manage to see it all in one visit! As you take in local and international oceans – from Plymouth Sound to Australian coral reefs – and 400 sharks, jellyfish and more, you’ll feel swept away by the ethereal beauty of the exhibits. Plus, it’s also home to the UK’s largest single viewing panel, so you can both admire the views. In fact, it makes for such a relaxing, picturesque setting that many wedding receptions are held here, in case you needed any ideas...

Best for: Animal lovers.

While you’re there: Continue the fish theme by tucking into freshly cooked fish and chips at one of the nearby cafes.

4. Get intimate at The Chancel

One of the most romantic things to do in Plymouth is a date-night dinner somewhere that’s full of ambience; and The Chancel offers this in droves. Located next to St Andrews Church, head downstairs to this intimate-feel restaurant, with its white-stone walls and candlelit tables. Snuggle into this cosy, romantic restaurant and gaze into each other’s eyes while you wait for your delicious food.

Best for: Glass-clinking diners.

While you’re there: There’s a cafe and wine bar on the ground floor, so it’s a great daytime option, too.

5. Take it slow at the Elizabethan Gardens

Leave the crowds behind as you and your partner take in the tranquil Elizabethan Gardens, which were created in the 16th century. Located on the ironically-named New Street, this tranquil spot is close to the shops and attractions, but it is tucked away enough to take a moment or two to yourselves. Breathe in the fragrance of the fresh herbs, admire the colourful flower beds and take a respite beside the fountain, as you work your way along the cobbled footpaths.

Best for: History lovers.

While you’re there: A few doors down is an Elizabethan merchant-themed museum, housed in a suitably 16th-century building.

6. Pause for lunch at the Barbican

The Barbican is one of Plymouth’s most historical maritime spots. This old port makes for a charming exploration through its narrow streets, unique art galleries and warehouse-turned-restaurants. Break up your day by stopping for lunch at one of the Barbican’s many delectable food options and you can ask your partner that very special question: what do you want to eat? The Plymouth Stable serves pizzas perfect for sharing, while you can snap up a two-dishes-for-£15 brunches at Bonne Sante.

Best for: Foodies who don’t mind sharing.

While you’re there: Walk it off with a stroll around the harbourside.

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