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Family Days Out in Plymouth If you’re planning a family break in Plymouth then you’ll want to make sure there’s plenty for the little ones to do when you get there. To help, we’ve put together a brief summary of the best child-friendly places to visit in and around the city centre...

For starters there’s the renowned Plymouth Dome [map] on The Hoe, where you can travel back in time to experience the sights, sounds and even smells of historic Plymouth. Among the exhibitions here, you can travel with Drake, Cook and the Pilgrim Fathers on their voyages; see the troops gather to protect the city in the Civil War and witness the destruction suffered in the Blitz.

If your kids are fascinated with the past then it may also be worth paying for a visit to Plymouth City Museum [map] on Drake Circus and the Elizabethan House [map], where you can see what life was really like for merchants during Queen Elizabeth I’s reign.

Another old house worth checking out is the Merchant’s House [map] on St Andrews Street, where you can discover how the Great Western Railway and Isambard Kingdom Brunel's railway bridge were constructed, see a Victorian schoolroom, or learn about the growth of trade in the Tailor Room.

Situated on the famous Plymouth Hoe, Smeaton's Tower [map], an old red and white lighthouse, is also worth a look, and no family should leave the city without standing on the Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set off on their journey to America in 1620.

As a centre for marine activity, Plymouth has a wealth of attractions relating to the seas, and that should go down well with any kid, especially the fish lovers.

So if your children want to come face to face with a giant shark or tiny seahorse, head to the National Marine Aquarium [map] on Rope Walk, where you can take a journey through the deep reefs, shallow seas, and river estuaries.

For kids who prefer to get into the water instead of just looking at it, take them to Central Park Leisure Pool [map], which has a large recreational pool, a smaller teaching pool, and a diving pool. Alternatively, Plympton Pool [map] also has a leisure pool and learner pool.

As the evening draws in and the tourist attractions close for the night, you’ll be looking for some child-friendly entertainment venues.

For a quiet night, why not take the kids to the Vue Cinema [map] at the Barbican Leisure Park, which has 15 screens showing the latest Hollywood blockbusters and children’s films.

Alternatively you could opt for the fun of ten-pin bowling at either Megabowl Plymouth Barbican at the Barbican Leisure Park [map], or Megabowl Plympton on Plympton Road [map], which has 36 bowling lanes, a café and amusement arcade.

If you want to comment on our choices or recommend somewhere for kids in Plymouth, why not use our What You Recommend form to let us know.

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