Free things to do in Plymouth

Free things to do in Plymouth

If you are on a budget or want to watch the pennies during the holidays, there are plenty of free things to do in Plymouth. All of which are fun for the family.

We're all looking for ways to spend less money at the moment, but luckily, finding things to do when we travel doesn't have to break the bank. Plymouth has some of the country's most beautiful parks, views and free things to do. Here's what you can do in Plymouth without putting your hand in your pocket. 

Dartmoor National Country Park

For more of an active afternoon, head to Dartmoor. There are 450 miles of natural beauty to explore. Walk, cycle or drive to thousands of archaeological sites, quaint towns and villages. Soak up the fantastic views and say hello to the wildlife, such as birds, sheep and ponies. 

Plymouth Hoe

Alongside stunning views across Plymouth sound, Plymouth Hoe is a fantastic place to picnic. Have your picture taken by Smeaton's Tower and gaze down the shoreline to Tinside Lido and Drake's Island. There is also a playground called West Hoe Park which is free to enter. A few rides have a small charge, alongside a miniature railway, putting green, crazy golf, trampolines and a merry-go-round. Ensure you stop by the Naval Memorial commemorating 7,251 sailors from the First World War and 15,933 from the Second. 

Things to do in Barbican

The Barbican and Sutton Harbour are both picturesque and full of character. The narrow cobbled streets are a great place to wander. There are over 200 listed buildings, which could be fun to find. It's a place packed with history, and the Elizabethan Garden is an oasis of tranquillity. 

Royal William Yard

Built in the 1800s, Royal William Yard Harbour contains the most extensive collection of Royal Navy buildings in Europe. After a multi-million-pound regeneration project, it is home to art galleries, cafes, bars and restaurants. Free activities include swimming in the tidal pool.

Central Park

Central Park is the largest park in Plymouth. Children will love it here as it has open meadows, woodlands and the Seven Continents Adventure Playground. The play area features dino swings, climbing frames, a large pyramid net, drums, a sound wheel and an accessible wheelchair roundabout. 

Free Museums Plymouth

Formally known as the Plymouth Naval Base Museum, the maritime museum is now the Devonport Naval Heritage Centre. It records the development of The Dockyard and Plymouth's pivotal role in supporting the Royal Navy through major conflicts since 1300, including two world wars. It is free to enter, but the museum gladly accepts donations. 

The Box is Plymouth's and the South West's major new museum, art gallery and archive. It is just a short walk from Plymouth city centre, Drake Circus shopping mall, and train and coach station. The galleries and exhibitions highlight the city's art, human history, media, film, and achieve collections. All ages will love seeing the life-size woolly mammoth.

National Trust in Plymouth

There are plenty of National Trust properties near Plymouth, including some woodlands and beaches. Many offer free entry to the surrounding parklands. However, members get free admission to the gardens, houses and estates. Highlights include Plymbridge Woods, which has no entrance fee, Buckland Abbey and Saltram Hosue. 

Mount Edgcumbe House

Spanning a vast 865 acres across South East Cornwall, Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park is one of the most iconic attractions in Plymouth. King Henry VIII, in the 16th Century, commissioned the house. There is a fee to visit the house. However, the park is free all year round. Five different walks take you to different parts of the grounds. A big highlight is the National Camellia Collection, which appears from January onwards, with over 1,000 varieties. 

Beaches near Plymouth

Whether you want to do a spot of sunbathing, check out the rock pools, do a bit of surfing, or just a walk along the shore, there are plenty of lovely beaches near Plymouth. The closest to Plymouth is Jennycliff, which has free parking, where you can walk along the cliffs and enjoy the coastal scenery. 

Bedrooms at Future Inn Plymouth

Stay at Future Inn Plymouth

Future Inns has 143 bedrooms with everything you would expect and more for a night away. All bedrooms sleep up to four guests, making them family-friendly and ideal for groups. The hotel offers free parking and free WiFi to all guests. Plus, under 12s stay for free

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Book direct for the best rates guaranteed, with rooms from £67 per room per night.

Book your stay online, where we guarantee the best rate, or with our Reservations Team on 01752 701000 or email

Future Inn Rewards

For additional benefits, you can join the Future Inns hotel loyalty program. For every £1 you spend on accommodation, you earn 1 reward point. Plus, get double points when you dine in the restaurant. Points can then be used to upgrade your bedroom to a suite or a free night's stay. You also get a complimentary drink voucher to redeem in the bar every time you stay and a member's discount rate. It's also completely free to join!

Dishes on the menu in Fishbone Restaurant

Family-friendly Restaurant in Plymouth

We know that food is a big deal when travelling. Fishbone Restaurant is ideal for fuelling up before exploring Plymouth. The team serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday. An early-bird dining menu starts at 5pm where you can indulge on 3 courses for £25. Plus, those under 5 eat for free with a paying adult. 

A large selection of drinks is also available, including popular local brands. Our Devon and Cornwall drink selection includes Atlantic IPA, Offshore, Tarquin’s Gin and Plymouth Gin. An extensive gin and mixer menu and 2 for 1 on cocktails are also available. 

Bookings can be made on 01752 701000 or Alternatively, you can book online:

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