Plymouth's Best Local Gems 2018



Plymouth is brimming with history, quaint shopping and a mass of excellent places to eat and drink out. We’ve highlighted some of our favourite local gems for you to explore.

One of Plymouth’s premier attractions is the National Marine Aquarium. The largest public aquarium in the UK, it showcases marine wildlife from all over the world and, with a variety of workshops and talks going on every day, there’s always something new to discover.


If you’re looking to keep the kids occupied, try Stiltskin’s Children’s Theatre. Located just inside Devonport Park, this community funded theatre offers a range of exciting and educational shows interweaving nature, humour and art.  

For an afternoon tipple in a warm, traditional local pub, head down to the Fisherman’s Arms. There, you’ll find one of Plymouth’s oldest and friendliest pubs, with a hearty menu including their ever popular Sunday roast. Their pub dog, Mr Jones, even has his own beer named after him!

As the name suggests, boasting a spectacular view across Rame Head, The View is a restaurant not to be missed. Using fresh, local produce, The View has an evolving menu that has something to offer for even the most discerning seafood connoisseur, as well as some excellent desserts.

For a touch of sophistication in a “delightfully rustic country pub” take a trip to Sparkwell to visit The Treby Arms. This multi-award-winning pub is run by Chef Luke Fearon, who aims to keep the food ‘as British as possible, without restricting our culinary boundaries’. So, if it’s posh pub grub you’re after, or a pint of Cask Ale with nibbles, The Treby Arms is the place for you.

As the old saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do”, so why not delve deep into the world of everything nautical.Seachest is a specialist nautical bookshop, offering a fascinating range of international paper charts, plotting instruments and marine binoculars, as well as a plethora of novel gifts.

Rockets & Rascals is a trendy bike shop stroke cafe in the Barbican District, with its own workshop and master mechanic Chris Vellacott. They offer a bike for riders of all levels and budget, along with the obligatory luminous jerseys and crackle caps. Oozing knowledge and passion out of every pore of its shop and website, Rockets & Rascals is certainly worth a visit


The Treasury is an award-winning basilican cafe, bar & restaurant, priding itself on contemporary and exciting food & drink. If the venue itself isn’t breathtaking enough, discover the exquisite menu, which was included in the Official Devon Guide for top pubs for foodies. Located in the centre of the Barbican district, there’s no excuse not to visit for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or dinner.

For the more adventurous looking for a thrill, drive just out of central Plymouth to visit Adrenaline Quarry, which boasts the tagline: “Throwing People Off Cliffs Since 2009”. Adrenaline Quarry offers a range of exciting activities, from zip-lining off a 50-metre cliff, the giant swing affectionately referred to as “the scariest ride we’ve ever made”, to axe throwing. Certainly not for the faint-hearted!