Plymouth Destination Guide

Plymouth Destination Guide

The beautiful city of Plymouth, situated on the scenic South Devon coastline, is steeped in rich history and outstanding natural beauty. With the vibrancy of any modern city Plymouth offers locals and visitors alike a great choice of places to visit during a holiday or short break in Plymouth.

Its history predates its famous entry in the Doomsday Book (1086) and has long established itself as an area of significance in England. Raleigh and Drake were here and Plymouths Port is overlooked by the Elizabethan Barbican – a building of outstanding beauty and significant historical interest.

Today Plymouth boasts enviable shopping facilities, eateries and music venues, coastal & woodland walks, museums and galleries and one of the largest educational establishments in the UK – the University of Plymouth (also one of the largest employers in the south west!).  Visitors to Plymouth and the surrounding areas simply have more to do than you can fit into one visit!

Please select from the options on the right to discover the wide range of activities and events to enjoy during your visit to Plymouth.

The Beautiful Plymouth Beaches

Plymouth Sound, Shores and Cliffs

This magnificent coastal section runs along the eastern side of Plymouth Sound from Andurn Point northwards to Mount Batten Point. As you travel along this route you can experience a varied and impressive geology.

Wembury Beach

Owned by the National Trust with its own Marine Conservation Centre and guided rock pool rambles, Wembury, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), is not short of ways to keep you entertained. Safe, clean bathing from gently shelving sand and shale, with beautiful cliff walks to Bovisand in the west and Newton Ferrers/Noss Mayo to the east. Overall, a very unusual and interesting beach. Parking is available by the church.

Bovisand Beach

An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), the main beach at Bovisand is a sheltered bay of yellow sand with cliffs either side. It is popular with locals and families. There is a large expanse of flat sand when the tide is out, which is ideal for ball games and warms the water with the incoming tide.

Kingsand Beach

There are three main beaches in the villages, which are separated by areas of rocks with interesting rockpools. Kingsand Beach is a mixture of sand and shingle which is located along The Cleave. Girt Beach is mainly shingle, but with some sand and can be found along Market Street. Cawsand Beach is mainly sand and is found along The Bound. A swimming beach known as Sandways lies a short walk out of the village across the rocks towards Fort Picklecombe.

Cawsand Beach

Small east facing beach of sand and shingle, fairly sheltered. Easy access. Seasonal Dog Ban.