• Top 10 Things for Families

    Our top ten things for families to do in Plymouth!

Top 10 Things for Families

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Stuck for ideas on what to do with the family in Plymouth? If so, look no further; we have compiled a top 10 list of fun things to do that will keep the whole family entertained....and they won't break the bank either. They also include unusual things to do in Plymouth, free things to do in Plymouth, things to do in Plymouth outside and the best days out near Plymouth.

1. Dartmoor Zoological Park

Set within 30 acres of beautiful parkland, Dartmoor Zoo is the perfect adventure for young children. You will come face to face with Josie the Lion and Ben the Brown Bear, or if you prefer things that come in smaller packages, you could check out the tiny Stick Insects! So why not visit the park and learn more about our interesting planet and how to look after it?

Entry Fees: Adult £19.80 / Concession £17.05 / Child (3 to 15 years) £14.30 / 3 and under Free! / Family (4 persons, max 2 adults) £59.40 

2. Saltram

At Saltram, you’ll find a house full of treasures and a secret garden to lose yourself in. Overlooking the River Plym, there is lots of green space to enjoy. You can stroll along the riverside and through the woodland. In the garden, you can discover the orangery - the perfect place for a picnic.

The house has an excellent collection of furniture, fine art and china. The upstairs bedrooms also feature some beautifully preserved Chinese wallpaper depicting scenes from everyday life in China. There are so many places to visit around Plymouth, including a host of National Trust properties, estates, and gardens.  

Entry Fees: Adult £16 / Children £8 / Parking is £3 per car / National Trust members are free, along with car parking.

3. Curious About Plymouth

This trail is a fantastic activity for the whole family. You will be walking around Plymouth, visiting many of the historical sights on the way! The walk is 1-2 hours long and will expand your knowledge, entertain and challenge you…not to mention it will also get your kids exercising in the open air.

Entry Fees: £7.49 for a download or £7.99 plus postage and package for a pre-printed booklet.

4. National Marine Aquarium

Visit the National Marine Aquarium, the UK's largest aquarium and be amazed at their fascinating underwater world. You can experience the many fantastic displays of mesmerising marine life from across the globe, ranging from tiny seahorses to large sharks. 

Entry Fees: Adult £25 / Child (3 to 15 years old inclusive) £15 / Under 3s are Free / Senior Citizens £23 / Students £23 

5. Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery 

You will not be short of things to do in the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery. There’s plenty to see and do no matter your interests. Prepare to discover the impressive artwork and delve into human history. This experience will leave both you and your kids inspired.

Entry Fees: Free

6. West Hoe Park

Let the kids run wild in West Hoe Park! It is a large children’s play area and has a miniature railway and putting green, crazy golf, trampolines, a merry-go-round and a bouncy castle. Of course, nearby, you can walk along Plymouth Hoe with glorious views of the Plymouth Sound or even go for a swim at Tinside Lido

Entry Fees: Free but with a small charge for crazy golf, bouncy castles, the miniature train, and the trampolines.

7. Mount Edgcumbe Country Park

Let your kids explore nature in the woodland, beach, park and pond at Mount Edgcumbe. There is also a historic house and gardens to discover, as well as boat trips and an interactive sawmill. Get there via the Cremyll Ferry departs from Admirals Head at Stonehouse in Plymouth every 30 minutes, taking only 8 minutes. Or, with Plymouth Boat Trips from The Barbican. 

Country Park: Free | House Entry Fees: Adults £9 / Concessions £7 / Children £5

8. Mount Wise Swimming Pool

You can enjoy free use of the Mount Wise Swimming Pool! It has a cool 25-foot main pool, plus a small paddling pool ideal for smaller children and a separate pool for lots of fun, splashing which hosts fountains, stepping stones, a whirlpool and a bubble pool.

Entry Fees: Free

9. Crownhill Fort

If you fancy an educational day out, why not visit Crownhill Fort? It is the best-preserved of Lord Palmerston’s Ring of Fire, which surrounded Plymouth during Victorian times, acting as a protective barrier for the Royal Dockyard at Devonport from fierce French attack!

Entry Fees: Adults from £5 / Children from £3

10. ClayArt

As a Painting Pottery Studio, ClayArt is the perfect opportunity to let your kids get creative and most likely very messy! Their many pottery items can be painted and transformed into your child’s very own artistic masterpiece.

Entry Fees: Depending on the pottery chosen, between £5-50


Bedrooms at Future Inn Plymouth

It doesn't end there

From bowling alleys to soft play, Plymouth is so family friendly. There's Central Park, Royal William Yard, Mount Batten, the Royal Citadel and the Mayflower Museum in the city centre. There are so many quality attractions, from things to do on a rainy day or the height of summer in August. Little ones and teens will love days out in Plymouth.

Did you know? 

Travel to Future Inn Plymouth, a family-friendly hotel. The bedrooms can sleep up to four making them ideal for a family staycation. Plus, free parking, free WiFi and a whole host of home=away-from-home perks. Rooms on our website start from £67 per night, and under 12's stay for free.

Kids eat free at Future Inns. Children aged under 5's eat for free throughout the year. The menu has something for foodies or those who may be a bit fussier, and they always ensure that one of the ‘five a day’ is on the plate.

Future Inn Rewards

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

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