Unique And Wonderful Things To Do In Plymouth | 2022 Guide

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Students in Plymouth are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do and this full guide for 2022 will help you out with inspiration. Keep reading to prepare to fill your calendar up this academic year with unique and wonderful activities to do with friends in Britain’s Ocean City – woop!

Here’s the 6 best things to do whilst studying at Plymouth University, Plymouth Marjon University, Lakeland University, Plymouth College of Art or the City College Plymouth.

Let’s get going…

1. Ride The Waves At The Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre

When it comes to unique things to do in Plymouth, this place is a must if you’re fed up of the same old same old.

You can get involved in a wide range of activities from kayaking and canoeing to paddleboarding to sailing to power boating to windsurfing to gorge walking to rock climbing and abseiling. There’s quite a lot to keep you busy and you’ll have a right laugh with your mates.

You can get to Mount Batten in around 20 minutes by car or catching the number 2 bus will take 40 minutes. The water ferry is the fastest and easiest route, leaving from the Barbican every 30 minutes.

They even have a partnership with the University of Plymouth so you may just go on a trip here whilst studying!


Address: 70 Lawrence Rd, Mount Batten, Plymouth PL9 9SJ

2. Visit The National Marine Aquarium

The National Marine Aquarium (NMA) is the UK’s largest aquarium, located in Plymouth city centre.

It is run by the Ocean Conservation Trust, who are a charity who connect people with the Ocean. It’s made up of four sections with tons of different exhibitions and animals in each, whilst you journey around the Aquarium, you’ll journey around the world’s Ocean, finishing up in the Great Barrier Reef.

There’s over 4,000 animals to be seen here and you can expect the likes of Hermit Crabs, Lobsters, Sea Anemones, Starfish, Sharks, Sting Rays and Barracuda!

They offer student tickets at the aquarium so its worth bringing along your ID card to get some discount off your entry. In terms of things to do, it sounds pretty interesting right?!



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Address: Rope Walk, Coxside, Plymouth PL4 0LF

3. Experiment At Plymouth Gin Distillery

Black Friars Distillery is located in the Barbican and is the oldest working gin distillery in England having opened in 1793, if you’re a gin lover you’ll be fascinated by this place!

We did say we’d be discussing unique and wonderful things to do didn’t we?! Experience gin cocktail making on one of the interesting range of tours where you can see the exotic botanicals and even try some original Plymouth gin which sticks to its original recipe!

There’s a really funky vibe to this place with jazz music playing and a chilled atmosphere.

You’re looking at around £15 for their standard tour, we do recommend booking the Plymouth distillery in advance though to secure a place. You don’t wanna miss out!


Address: 60 Southside St, Plymouth PL1 2LQ

4. Go To The Saltram House

Saltram House is a grade I listed George II era mansion house located just three miles away from the busy city centre, with public transport access to take you right to the grounds.

Overlooking the River Plym, the green spaces here are simply stunning and the Georgian house is full of historic stories and treasures to explore. If you’re a history lover, this elegant attraction will be a heaven!

There’s also a Park Café on-site which has hot and cold drinks and snacks available, as well as plenty of places to sit and chill with a picnic.

You can stroll around and take in the sights or go for a cycle ride if you’ve brought your bike to uni!


Address: Saltram, Plympton, Plymouth PL7 1UH

5. Swim At Mount Wise Swimming Pool

Mount Wise Swimming Pools are the ultimate place to visit on a scorching summer day. This site features three pools including a a 25-metre main pool, a fun pool with fountains, stepping stones, a whirlpool, and a bubble pool.

Despite being a seasonal attraction which is only open between May and September each year, it’s still somewhere you should add to your list for when you’re not busy with uni. If you’re lucky, you might still be able to go this summer!

With gorgeous views across the Tamar River and free entry, this place isn’t one of the top attractions in Plymouth for nothing!

Although, you do have to book in advance if you want to go for a dip in the pools (who doesn’t love a good swim).


Address: Devonport, Plymouth PL1 4QE

6. Experience History & Culture At The Box

The Box is Plymouth’s main museum and art gallery where you can explore the history and culture of the city through exhibitions, collections and events throughout the year.

Take a walk around the galleries which focus on archaeology, natural history, fine and decorative arts, world cultures, photography, moving image, social and maritime history and local archives. Don’t worry about splashing the cash, entry is free so if you’ve got a few hours to kill this is the place!

There’s even a gallery shop where you can buy cute prints and trinkets, or if you’re feeling hungry why not to for something to eat and drink at The Box Kitchen & Bar.

The menu features yummy dishes for brunch like eggs benedict and stacked pancakes, as well as a daytime menu with burgers and ciabatta sandwiches.



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Address: Tavistock Pl, Plymouth PL4 8AX

That’s the end of our blog on things to do in this vibrant waterfront city, what will you be getting upto? There really is so many fun things to do in Plymouth, you’ll never be bored.

We hope you have the best time if you’re moving into student accommodation and studying in the city. The next academic year is fast approaching and we’re so excited!

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