Your guide to shopping in Plymouth

Your guide to shopping in Plymouth

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, creative, independent boutiques, pop up’s and art galleries, Plymouth is a shopper’s paradise.

Completely rebuilt after the Second World War and primarily pedestrianised in the early 1990s, Plymouth is traditionally the leading shopping centre of the South West. The Plymouth shopping experience is a mix of big-name brands and unique independent shops. With such a wide variety, there really is no need to go anywhere else.

COVID-19 safety whilst shopping in Plymouth

Social distancing still needs to be maintained in and out of shops. Businesses are regulating the number of customers entering the shop at one time, which means you may be asked to queue outside.

Shops have hand sanitiser readily available, especially as you enter the store. There are also one way systems to follow once inside. 

Visit Plymouth have put together a handy guide with the latest travel advice.

Drake Circus

The fully covered shopping mall, Drake Circus, opened in October 2006 and is home to over 70 big named stores and some of the biggest in the South West. 

Drake Circus is situated in the heart of Plymouth, easily accessed by car and public transport. A shopmobility service is available which provides powered scooters and manual wheelchairs to visitors as required. Ideal for those visiting the area on holiday, or for those who hate to leave their beloved pooch at home, many of the stores are now dog-friendly.

There is even a Sensory Shopping Hour, on the first Saturday of every month between 9am-10am. The stores turn off their music, dim the lights where possible to create a Dementia Friendly and autism-friendly shopping experience for customers. 

The Barcode at Drake's Circus

The Barcode is Plymouth's newest shopping experience. It spans more than 100,000 sq ft with more than 400 car parking spaces (including electric car charging spaces, parent & child, disabled and motorcycle parking). Its name is inspired by the ‘barcode’ nickname given to it by local residents thanks to its striking monochrome design.

Six new leisure and restaurant attractions officially opened their doors in October 2019 including Zizzi, Nando's, Five Guys, Cineworld, Cosy Club and Paradise Island Adventure Golf.  

The City Centre

The wide city centre pedestrianised streets are home to a fantastic array of high street brands and much-loved independent stores providing everything from homewares and food and drink to clothes, jewellery and electricals. Luxury independent jeweller Michael Spiers, which has its flagship store on Cornwall Street, is the place Sir Alan Sugar chooses to shop for his watches.

If you are looking for more big brands, make sure to head to the high street, with stores including House of Fraser, Debenhams and Flannels, all home to an impressive range of designer brands. 

Royal William Yard

The beautiful Grade I listed Royal William Yard is home to a small collection of independent shops, including the creative hub of Ocean Studios, wine merchants Le Vignoble and womenswear store ID Fashion. The award-winning Yard is home to a stunning range of leading restaurants, bars, galleries and independent shops.

Ocean Studios sells artistic creations from local makers, including the new Made In Plymouth range, all authentically local products, that are designed and produced in the Plymouth area. The range includes tea towels, coasters, jewellery and homeware – all with an extra unique Plymothian twist.

The Barbican & Sutton Harbour

Plymouth’s beautiful waterfront is home to a vast range of art galleries, antique shops and quirky independent boutiques. If you are trying to buy a gift for the person that has everything, this is the place to head.

A wander along Southside Street in the Barbican will lead you to lots of art galleries, selling a range of originals and prints, plus unique glass and homewares, cards and posters. Explore The House That Jack Built, home to an eclectic collection of shops selling gifts, or head to Chocaccino for delicious handmade chocolates.

The Plymouth Gin Distillery is here too, so you can pick up a bottle of the city’s favourite tipple or some extra special glasses. If it is wine lovers you are buying for, head over to Sutton Harbour to explore the HonkyTonk Wine Library, selling wines from around the world.

Plymouth Market & West End

Plymouth’s West End is a treasure trove of independent shops and the 150-stall Plymouth Market, making it the place to head for unique gifts and fresh produce. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the food stalls while you are there, offering a huge variety of tempting treats, including sourdough pizza and freshly cooked Asian dishes.

The folk of Plymouth have enjoyed retail therapy in a market since 1253 when the town was granted the right to hold one. A bit has changed since then, but there is still a fantastic mix of things to buy and to eat under the Grade II listed roof of Plymouth Market. 

And as an extra bonus, the parking in Plymouth’s West End is some of the cheapest in the city. Western Approach and old Toys ‘R’ Us car parks charge just £1 an hour or £5 for the whole day, while Plymouth Market has its own car park designed for short trips.

Shop till you drop in the city by the sea

Shoppers can stay at Future Inn Plymouth

The City Centre is a 15-minute drive from Future Inn Plymouth. Alternatively, it would take between 25-30 minutes on public transport, catching one of the many buses that go to the City Centre from William Prance Road. If you would prefer to cycle, again, it takes around 25-minutes by bike. 

Future Inn Plymouth is an ideal base for the night offering various sized rooms including rooms that can sleep up to four adults or a family. Perks include;

  • Comfortable accommodation, with large spacious rooms
  • Sleep up to four adults or a family
  • Furnished with authentic Canadian furniture
  • Individual air conditioning or heat control
  • Private bathroom and shower facilities
  • Soft seating area or double sofa bed
  • Iron and ironing board and a hairdryer too
  • Tea and coffee making facilities and bottled water
  • Wine glasses and ice bucket, with a guest ice machine on the 1st floor
  • A flat-screen TV with Freeview
  • Vegan-friendly toiletries in your bathroom
  • Guest laundry room with washing machines and tumble dryers
  • Free parking and free WiFi

With our super flexible rates, you can book with confidence when staying at Future Inn Bristol. See how we're welcoming you back safely. Book direct for the best available rates on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 01752 701000 or

Fuel up before you hit the shops

Fishbone Restaurant is ideal for fuelling up before or after your retail therapy. Every day the team serve breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday. A large selection of drinks is also available including cocktails, all of which are £7. Under 5's eat for free with a paying adult, and the offer is extended to under 12's during the school holidays. Bookings can be made on 01752 701000 or Alternatively, you can book online:


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