The Ultimate Guide to a Staycation in Plymouth

The Ultimate Guide to a Staycation in Plymouth

Future Inn Plymouth is staycation approved. The staycation is the new vacation. In our ultimate staycation guide, we've put all the information you need in one place for you. Where to go and what to do during your staycation in Plymouth.

When did staycation become a word? In our Plymouth hotel, we have been using the term for some time. It has become more popular in the last year or so. It is believed that the term dates back as far as 1944.

Our ultimate guide will let you know how to staycation during COVID. Whether you are looking for a staycation for two, a staycation for couples, a staycation for one, a staycation for kids, and even a staycation without a car.

Why take a staycation?

Take a break from work and life pressures. A staycation will provide you with quality time with your friends and family, plus giving you the chance to explore with a staycation in England. With foreign travel currently limited and the need for social distance, it's time to embrace the staycation once again as lockdowns start to lift.

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Ultimate Guide to a Staycation in Plymouth

Plymouth in south Devon is a fantastic city. After a year of lockdown, are you getting bored of the same four walls? Then we think it's time to treat yourself to a safe staycation in Devon! Check out our collection:

10 reasons why you should visit Plymouth

Staycation and daycation

If your funds are limited and you decide between day trips or a staycation, our guide to visiting Plymouth on a budget may help make that decision. There is plenty to keep you occupied when travelling on a budget.

Visit Plymouth on a budget

Fashion fix 

Shopping in Plymouth certainly offers a variety, from the modern undercover shopping mall to quaint cobbled streets, fresh with the tang of sea air. With a fantastic mix of brand names, creatives, independent boutiques, pop-ups, and art galleries, Plymouth is a shopper's paradise. 

Your guide to shopping in Plymouth

Staycation and dinner

Plymouth is a city with a growing reputation for its food. If you're a foodie, then you need to check out the menu in Fishbone Restaurant. Looking for fresh local produce, using quality ingredients? Then you have come to the right place! With the freshest seafood, a cosy environment, there are plenty of new dishes to delight you.

Discover a local culinary gem

Afternoon tea in Plymouth

One of the best places for Sunday lunch in Plymouth



Staycation near beach

Everyone wants something different from a beach; peace and quiet, water sports or family fun. Plymouth is surrounded by golden sandy beaches recognised for being some of the best in the UK, perfect for rock pooling, swimming, and surfing. Whether it be building sandcastles in the summer or evening and weekend walks.

Beaches near Plymouth

Get out on the water

One of the best ways to appreciate Plymouth, Britain's Ocean City, is from the water. There are plenty of opportunities to dive in and enjoy the sea, from boat trips to paddle-boarding, kayaking or sailing and rowing.

Get out on the water in Plymouth

Explore the outdoors

There are plenty of things to see and do outside when exploring Plymouth. Suppose you love being outdoors or want to avoid crowded indoor spaces in this COVID-19 era. In that case, Plymouth has a vast range of outdoor activities to explore.

48 hours in Plymouth for adventurers

Parks and gardens

Did you know that more than a third of Plymouth is covered in green space? With parks, open areas, woodlands and no less than eight nature reserves to explore. These open spaces are perfect for exploring Plymouth as well as stretching your legs, riding your bike and enjoying the fresh air.

Nature spots and parks in Plymouth

Walking Trails

There is so much to explore in Plymouth on foot. With a staycation in Plymouth, when out walking, you can take in the sea air and experience the countryside too. As well as discovering more of the city, you can also explore its complex history.

Plymouth walking trails  

Days out

Are you looking to experience new surroundings, great outdoor spaces, or even culture and history? Plymouth is fantastic for exploring National Trust properties in the south-west.

National Trust South West



Get on your bike

As well as cycling along Plymouth's Barbican and Sutton Harbour, the city provides an excellent base for those wanting to explore the stunning scenery and local history on offer. With numerous National Trust estates, the Dartmoor National Park and coastal routes nearby, you will have plenty of exciting trails to choose from. You may even come across a Dartmoor pony or two. 

Don't have your own bike? No problem. Rockets & Rascals Bike Hire, located on The Barbican and Royal William Yard, cater for cyclists of all kinds. Scooter-bike Hire and Guided Tours, located on West Hoe, offer a range of fantastic premium scooter bikes to suit all abilities and requirements. 

A cycling staycation in Plymouth

Staycation without a car

Plymouth is easy to explore. There are plenty of fast and convenient bus services throughout the city, including a bus stop outside our hotel. The hotel is a 15-minute drive from Plymouth Train Station. You can also travel by boat, bike, and taxi.

Getting around Plymouth

Embrace the supernatural

Plymouth is a very 'active area', and these are the most haunted spots in the city. From ghosts in the cinema to apparitions in the city's cafes and museums, not to mention the former gallows in the heart of the Barbican. The eerie buildings of Plymouth's ghost stories can all be visited during your staycation break.

Haunted places in Plymouth

World-class visitor attractions

Plymouth is full of incredible attractions, with something for everyone in the family to enjoy. The National Marine Aquarium is the largest in the UK, axe throwing, escape rooms, Smeaton’s Tower, Plymouth Gin and Plymouth Theatre Royal.

Visitor attractions

Plymouth's Latest Visitor Attraction: The Box

Annual Events

Live music, street theatre, sporting events, family entertainment, food and culture are more than enough reasons to get excited about. Plymouth in Devon offers a range of unique attractions. Even in 2021, we have some outdoor events to look forward to; Mayflower 400 Celebrations, Sail GP, and British Fireworks Championships.

What's on in Plymouth

Explore Plymouth

Plymouth offers locals and visitors a great choice of places to visit during a staycation or short break. Plymouth boasts enviable shopping facilities, eateries and music venues, coastal and woodland walks, museums and galleries, and one of the UK's largest educational establishments. It is also close to Cornwall, for exciting day trips.

Destination guide

Stay at Future Inn Plymouth

If reading this has left you feeling tempted to book your trip, then look no further than Future Inn Plymouth. Alongside free parking and free WiFi, there is a whole host of home comforts. Bedrooms can sleep up to four which is ideal for families. Under 12's even stay for free! Plus, you can even dine on homemade, fresh, local food in Fishbone Restaurant.

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Staycation England 2022

Hopefully, our staycation UK ideas have given you some inspiration to visit Plymouth. As government guidelines change constantly, we recommend you check out the staycation rules before you travel. 

Book your stay with confidence 

Many new or improved procedures have been introduced with our safeguarding measures, and we are welcoming guests safely. You can also book with confidence, with our super flexible hotel rates.

Book direct for the best available rates on our website or contact the Reservations Team on 01752 701000 or

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