The Fieldhead Hotel is just a 40 minute drive from Britain’s Ocean City, and many of our guests plan a day exploring the city during their break here on the Cornish coast. Plymouth has made a name for itself over the last few years as an up and coming destination for foodies, culture consumers and nature lovers, with a wide variety of attractions and activities on offer.
Plymouth has some real culinary treats – from fine dining restaurants to casual cafes. Food lovers should make a bee-line for Royal William Yard – a rejuvenated waterfront location with a wide selection of eateries to choose from. Highlights include Plymouth’s River Cottage Canteen, which serves locally sourced food and also has a deli, and Le Bistrot Pierre for authentic French cuisine.
For those looking to sample the region’s incredible seafood, Rockfish is located right on the water (at the National Marine Aquarium – see below) next to the fish market, making it the ideal spot to tuck into fresh fish and shellfish. Other restaurants to try in the city include The Samphire Bush – which specialises in locally sourced oysters, mussels, lobsters and fish – and The Barbican Kitchen, which is located in the world-famous Plymouth Gin Distillery (more on this also below). For first-class fine dining, try Rhodes at The Dome on Plymouth Hoe, which has great views of the Devon and Cornwall coastline.
Plymouth has several museums which provide a fascinating insight into the history of this maritime city. The Mayflower Museum on The Barbican tells the story of the Mayflower Pilgrims, who set sail for the New World from Plymouth in 1620. Moving forward through history roughly 150 years, Plymouth Gin Distillery is the oldest working distillery in England; you can take a guided tour as well as enjoy a sample or two…
A visit to Plymouth wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Smeaton’s Tower – the city’s most iconic landmark. The lighthouse was originally built on the Eddystone Reef (visible from The Fieldhead Hotel) in 1759 but was dismantled in the early 1880s when it was discovered that the sea was undermining the rock it was standing on. The upper section of the structure was moved stone by stone to Plymouth, where it became an emblem of the city. The lighthouse offers unrivalled views of Plymouth Sound and the city from its lantern room which, along with the rest of the building, has been painstakingly restored to its original glory.
Nature And Environment
An unmissable treat for any visitor is a trip to the National Marine Aquarium which is located right in the heart of the waterfront district. The UK’s largest aquarium is home to a vast array of native marine life as well as sharks, jellyfish, tropical fish and turtles from all over the world.
If you’d like to get a little closer to marine life, take one of Plymouth Boat Trip’s tours. You join a one hour sightseeing cruise, passing Plymouth Hoe and Drake’s Island before heading for the River Tamar – where the mighty warships and nuclear submarines await!
Alternatively you can leave the busy city behind and experience the stunning scenery of the Tamar Valley on a half-day cruise, up the River Tamar to the picturesque Cornish Villages of Calstock and Morwellham. Fishing trips are also available.