Kids & Families 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
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
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
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
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
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