• Top 10 Things for Couples

    Our top ten things for couples to do in Plymouth!

Top 10 Things for Couples

Want to arrange something special for your partner? We have compiled a list of 10 fun, thoughtful and creative things to do in Plymouth. 


If you’re considering a romantic city break, Plymouth may not be the first place that springs to mind. However, the city has plenty of perfect date spots to offer. If you’re heading to Plymouth as a couple, be sure that the following is on your to-do list.

1. Get classy with a trip to the Theatre

Treat your partner with a trip to The Theatre Royal. It was officially opened in 1982 by Princess Margaret and welcomes, West End Musicals, Opera and Ballet to the stage. There's also the Barbican Theatre and the Plymouth Pavillions where concerts and stand up comedy is performed.

2. Experience Gin like never before

Are you and your partner Gin fanatics? If so, the Master Distiller’s private tour at the UK’s oldest gin distillery, Black Friars, is definitely for you. This tour includes creating your very own bottle of Plymouth Gin. Or pop to the The Refectory Cocktail Bar and sample a gin cocktail or two.

3. Explore the Aquarium

Don't be fooled, it's not just for children. You will be amazed by the Sand Tiger Sharks at the sea horses at the National Marine Aquarium, the UK’s biggest aquarium. If you want to do something different, on select dates you can dine after hours in the glow of the 650,000-litre tank, or get up for an early morning yoga session.

4. Delve into History

Catch the Cremyll Ferry and follow in the footsteps of the great seafarers of the past. The Plymouth Brethren left from the Barbican harbour area in 1620 for a new life in North America. Celebrations are being held throughout 2020 and 2021 for Mayflower 400. History blogger Hisdoryanhas retraced their steps around the historic sites, with plenty of ideas of where to stop off and visit.

5. On your bike

Plym Valley Cycle Trail follows the route of an old Great Western Railway track. With glorious oak woodland and open countryside, the scenery is bound to take your breath away. Why not pack a picnic, and have a romantic stop off? You can also cycle around The Barbican and Sutton Harbour or nearby Dartmoor National Park.

Of course, Future Inns is cycle-friendly. You can keep your bike in your bedroom, and we even have a guest laundry room if you want to wash and dry any clothing.

6. Take a cultural stroll

Put some comfy shoes on and take a leisurely stroll, hand in hand, through the heart of the city's heritage, The Barbican & Sutton Harbour. This is a beautifully vibrant place to visit and is full of cobbled streets, listed buildings and there is even a stunning Elizabethan Garden free for you to explore. Be sure to check out the Plymouth Walking Trails App which is free to download and use. It has lots of different scenic routes so you can discover more of the city.

7. Spot of Cream Tea?

When in Devon, it is pretty much compulsory to experience a cream tea. Que the couple’s squabble about whether the cream or jam goes on first. As well as our own homemade afternoon tea in Fishbone Restaurant, we recommend The Tudor Rose Cafe, it has a delightful garden and history too.

8. Experience city views

Take a look at Smeaton’s Tower a red and white lighthouse. A South-West landmark, it sits on the grassy bank of Plymouth Hoe. For a romantic view go to the lantern room – it has amazing views of Plymouth Sound and the city.

 9. A Swim with a view

Take a dip in the beautifully-restored art deco circular outdoor pool, Tinside Lido. Set in an amazing location overlooking the sea at the tip of Plymouth Hoe and voted one of the top 10 best outdoor pools in Europe, this is not be missed.

10. Get active

Get active and try kayaking with your partner. Mount Batten Watersport’s Centre is located in the very bay where America’s Cup was held in 2011. However, there are lots of other things you can do out on the water, from sailing, diving, boat trips or even paddle boarding over to Drake's Island.

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Plan your romantic break with Future Inn Plymouth

If reading this has left you feeling tempted to book your trip, then look no further than Future Inn Plymouth. The city centre and walking routes are a short drive from the hotel or are easily accessible via public transport. Alongside free parking, free WiFi and a whole host of home comforts.

All bedrooms are spacious and come with a large bed plus a soft seating area. Be sure to check out our special offers.

Plus, you can dine on homemade, fresh, local food in Fishbone Bar & Restaurant.

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 by contacting the Reservations Team on 01752 701000 or reservations.plymouth@futureinns.co.uk.

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