• Barbican Plymouth

    The perfect place to find an original souvenir of Plymouth

Barbican Plymouth

The perfect place to find an original souvenir of Plymouth


Plymouth is a city shaped by the fortunes of sea, trade and war, nowhere more so than in the historic Barbican. Plymouth's delightful old port, full of narrow cobbled streets, Elizabethan warehouses, specialist shops, art galleries, cafes and restaurants.The perfect place to find an original souvenir of Plymouth.

What is the Barbican in Plymouth?

Many of the city’s top attractions are situated right here, on the Plymouth Barbican. From the National Marine Aquarium – home to the biggest fish tank in Europe, the Elizabethan House, The Mayflower Museum and the Mayflower Steps through to the famous Plymouth Gin Distillery, there is lots to see and do for all ages! Amongst the stunning architecture, you can find many great places to eat and drink and be entertained as well as a vast array of independent shops and art galleries. 

What is there to see and do at the Barbican in Plymouth?

The distinctive single-storey glazed building on the waterfront was formerly the old fish market (now re-located to the facing quay on the other side of the Harbour) and it has been imaginatively converted into a high-quality retail visitor attraction. From the cobbled area outside, you resume walking along the ancient quays which would have been where the Pilgrim Fathers and many of Plymouth's merchants, mariners, privateers and Buccaneers would have passed, over the centuries.

The Barbican is one of the few parts of the city that survived the destruction during The Blitz in World War II.  The Plymouth Barbican Association has worked hard to restore and maintain some of the oldest surviving buildings.  You can also see 'The World's Smallest Magic Shop' which can be found amongst other unique shops such as 'The House That Jack Built' which has a diverse range of quality gifts unavailable on the high street. 

Whether you are visiting Plymouth or if you live nearby, this is the place to discover everything you ever wanted to know about the place from where Sir Francis Drake sailed, from where the Pilgrim Fathers departed to settle the New World (the Mayflower Steps) and where Britons danced in defiance of Hitler's Luftwaffe.


Further information


Stay at Future Inn Plymouth

The Barbican is a 20-minute drive from Future Inn Plymouth.  Alternatively, it would take around 34-minutes on public transport or 26-minutes by bike.  It would take approximately 1 hour and 22 minutes to walk from the hotel.  

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 free car parking, free wifi and a complimentary robe and slippers. Book direct for the best available rates on our website or by contacting the Reservations Team on 01752 701000 or reservations.plymouth@futureinns.co.uk.

Food and Drink in Plymouth

Fishbone Restaurant is ideal to fuel up before or after visiting the Barbican. 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 fishbone@futureinns.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can book online:


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