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Kevin's Plymouth Guidebook

Kevin

Kevin's Plymouth Guidebook

Food Scene
In my opinion this is the best restaurant in Plymouth. They have a fixed price menu for set times too do it doesn't need to be an expensive night. From our house you walk to the Mount Batten Ferry and the Barbican Kitchen is a short walk away from the other side.
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The Barbican Kitchen
60 Southside St
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In my opinion this is the best restaurant in Plymouth. They have a fixed price menu for set times too do it doesn't need to be an expensive night. From our house you walk to the Mount Batten Ferry and the Barbican Kitchen is a short walk away from the other side.
Our favourite local pub. Very traditional and very friendly. Also do normal pub food.
The Boringdon Arms
Our favourite local pub. Very traditional and very friendly. Also do normal pub food.
More of a restaurant than a local pub. Very traditional family run place with very good home made style food.
The Clovelly Bay Inn
More of a restaurant than a local pub. Very traditional family run place with very good home made style food.
Great place for alternative dining and local produce. There is a fantastic Thai restaurant here too.
Plymouth Market
117-118 Plymouth Rd
Great place for alternative dining and local produce. There is a fantastic Thai restaurant here too.
Best cafe around and reasonable prices. Will do fry ups and more high brow food. Cakes are delicious.
The Guard Room
20 Barton Rd
Best cafe around and reasonable prices. Will do fry ups and more high brow food. Cakes are delicious.
Great little cafe just before Dartmoor proper. Especially useful if cycling.
Fox Tor Cafe
2 Two Bridges Road
Great little cafe just before Dartmoor proper. Especially useful if cycling.
Our preferred fish and chip shop.
Plymstock Fish Bar Ltd
248 Dean Cross Road
Our preferred fish and chip shop.
Lots of cafes and bars here. You can get the Mount Batten Ferry to the Barbican and a ferry from there to RWY if you don't want to drive.
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Royal William Yard
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Lots of cafes and bars here. You can get the Mount Batten Ferry to the Barbican and a ferry from there to RWY if you don't want to drive.
Our preferred curry.
Saffron
11 Radford Park Road
Our preferred curry.
Farm shop and cafe. Local produce.
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Ben's Farm Shop
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Farm shop and cafe. Local produce.
Highly recommended by locals.
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The Mussel Inn
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Highly recommended by locals.
Very good local restaurant.
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Rose & Crown, Yealmpton
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Very good local restaurant.
Sister cafe to the Guard Room. Just as good.
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Lazy Cow
4 Poundwell St
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Sister cafe to the Guard Room. Just as good.
Soft play
Local soft play
Fort Stamford Health and Fitness
Local soft play
This is usually quieter than Jump and easier to get to.
Drakes Den
This is usually quieter than Jump and easier to get to.
The biggest and best soft play but it usually very busy.
Jump Plymouth
The biggest and best soft play but it usually very busy.
Local attraction for kids.
Super Tramp Plymouth Trampoline Park
3 Breakwater Rd
Local attraction for kids.
Local theme park.
Woodlands
Local theme park.
Watersports
Paddle boarding, kayaking etc
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The Mount Batten Centre
70 Lawrence Rd
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Paddle boarding, kayaking etc
More action packed water sports.
Reactive Watersports Co
More action packed water sports.
Watersports, walking, giant climbing frame and a cafe.
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Siblyback Lake
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Watersports, walking, giant climbing frame and a cafe.
Health and Fitness
Good municipal leisure centre. Has all the usual stuff plus a massive climbing wall.
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Plymouth Life Centre
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Good municipal leisure centre. Has all the usual stuff plus a massive climbing wall.
Off the Plym Valley cycle way but you can also drive. There is a small MTB area with a blue and red run as well as lots of unofficial runs.
Cann Woods
Off the Plym Valley cycle way but you can also drive. There is a small MTB area with a blue and red run as well as lots of unofficial runs.
Local golf club. Welcomes visitors
Staddon Heights
96 Staddon Ln
Local golf club. Welcomes visitors
MTB hire at Cremyll, including electric bikes.
Edge Cycles
MTB hire at Cremyll, including electric bikes.
Cornish MTB centre.
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Cardinham Woods
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Cornish MTB centre.
MTB and activity centre.
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Tamar Trails Centre
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MTB and activity centre.
Devon MTB just off the A38.
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Haldon Forest Park - Forestry England
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Devon MTB just off the A38.
Sightseeing
Our favourite beach
Bovisand Beach
Our favourite beach
The next best beach with easier access. The car park is National Trust so free of you are a member.
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Wembury Beach
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The next best beach with easier access. The car park is National Trust so free of you are a member.
Absolutely stunning beach. The drive is also very scenic. Go early though as it will be very busy if it's hot.
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Blackpool Sands
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Absolutely stunning beach. The drive is also very scenic. Go early though as it will be very busy if it's hot.
Great way to get in to the Barbican and city avoiding the car. Lovely little trip on a nice day too. Cash only.
Mount Batten Ferry
Great way to get in to the Barbican and city avoiding the car. Lovely little trip on a nice day too. Cash only.
Nice little Devon village. Worth a visit.
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Modbury
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Nice little Devon village. Worth a visit.
Great for an easy family walk on Dartmoor. You can walk on the road around the reservoir but the trails are far better. In the summer normal shoes will suffice.
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Burrator Reservoir
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Great for an easy family walk on Dartmoor. You can walk on the road around the reservoir but the trails are far better. In the summer normal shoes will suffice.
Little steam train goes up one stop, have a walk and an ice cream then walk or get the train back. Great for kids.
Plym Valley Railway
Little steam train goes up one stop, have a walk and an ice cream then walk or get the train back. Great for kids.
Based on the entrance to Plym Valley you can get the bikes and go as far as you want up cycle route 27.
Plymouth Bike Hire
Based on the entrance to Plym Valley you can get the bikes and go as far as you want up cycle route 27.
One of the best outside pools in Europe. Pay on entry. Salt water though so never really gets above 23 degrees. Colder if it rained during the two days before.
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Tinside Lido
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One of the best outside pools in Europe. Pay on entry. Salt water though so never really gets above 23 degrees. Colder if it rained during the two days before.
Free to use outdoor pools. Warmer than Tinside. Also I little kiddie play area right outside. If it's hot, go early as it will get busy and it's first come, first in until capacity.
Mount Wise Swimming Pools
5 Garrison Cl
Free to use outdoor pools. Warmer than Tinside. Also I little kiddie play area right outside. If it's hot, go early as it will get busy and it's first come, first in until capacity.
Local park to feed the ducks and have a picnic. You can walk around the south west coast path to access it.
Radford Park
Local park to feed the ducks and have a picnic. You can walk around the south west coast path to access it.
Biggest park in Plymouth. Cafe and massive kids park opened in 2019. You can park in Life Centre car park. Also has a skate park.
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Central Park, Plymouth
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Biggest park in Plymouth. Cafe and massive kids park opened in 2019. You can park in Life Centre car park. Also has a skate park.
Another must see. Get the ferry over or drive. They have a pitch and putt too.
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Hoe Park
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Another must see. Get the ferry over or drive. They have a pitch and putt too.
Local attraction. You can pay a small fee and go up to the viewing deck.
Smeaton's Tower
Local attraction. You can pay a small fee and go up to the viewing deck.
Great little place with rides and games for the kids.
Treasure Island
Great little place with rides and games for the kids.
Local horse riding with spectacular views.
Wembury Bay Riding School
Local horse riding with spectacular views.
Another horse riding stable.
Newton Ferrers Equus
Another horse riding stable.
Lovely beach for a walk. Also National Trust car park so free if you're a member.
Thurlestone Sands
Lovely beach for a walk. Also National Trust car park so free if you're a member.
Local National Trust with lots of things to do when if you're not a member. Lovely circular walk around the grounds. Has a cafe and kids play area. Also has a kids pump track in the woods.
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Saltram House
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Local National Trust with lots of things to do when if you're not a member. Lovely circular walk around the grounds. Has a cafe and kids play area. Also has a kids pump track in the woods.
Can be included in a day trip to Princetown.
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Dartmoor Prison Museum
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Can be included in a day trip to Princetown.
Nice little village and some good walks.
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Noss Mayo
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Nice little village and some good walks.
Nice little village with some good walks.
Newton Ferrers
Nice little village with some good walks.
Boat trips from the Barbican. Lots to choose from.
Fish "N" Trips
Boat trips from the Barbican. Lots to choose from.
Ferry from near Royal William Yard to Cremyll House.
Cremyll Ferry
Ferry from near Royal William Yard to Cremyll House.
Great place to take the kids for a walk. Also has an MTB centre and bike hire (or at least it did last time we were there). You can drive or get the foot ferry which has parking next to it.
Cremyll
Great place to take the kids for a walk. Also has an MTB centre and bike hire (or at least it did last time we were there). You can drive or get the foot ferry which has parking next to it.
Great place to take the kids and go for a walk.
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Morwellham Quay
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Great place to take the kids and go for a walk.
Great beach over on the Cornwall side. Access isn't easy though.
Freathy
Great beach over on the Cornwall side. Access isn't easy though.
Family day out.
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Carnglaze Caverns
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Family day out.
Local theme park.
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Woodlands Family Theme Park
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Local theme park.
Absolute must see. Get the Mount Batten Ferry over for an ice cream.
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Barbican
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Absolute must see. Get the Mount Batten Ferry over for an ice cream.
Local shops
Local shops with everything you need.
The Broadway
Local shops with everything you need.