There is no better way to enjoy Plymouth’s spectacular waterfront than by spending some time out on the water – and it’s a wonderful way to explore the history of the city at the same time.
Boat trips leaving from Sutton Harbour and the Barbican Wharves offer the perfect means to discover the breathtaking coastline for which the South West is so famous, enabling you to visit some of the region’s hidden gems and outstanding beaches.
Plymouth Boat Trips offers everything from fun-packed fishing trips to relaxed harbour cruises.
Choose from a short one-hour scenic naval tour showcasing the city’s famous landmarks, as well as any warships in port, or spend longer on the water with a two or four hour cruise along the Tamar Valley and River Yealm.
You can also catch a ferry to Cornwall and visit Mount Edgcumbe Country Park, or journey to the award-winning National Trust property at Cotehele Quay.
If you’re feeling adventurous, Plymouth Boat Trips offers ‘Fish n Trips’ – a fun day out with the option of either a 3-6 hour mackerel fishing trip or a full day’s deep sea fishing, recently recommended by The Sunday Times Travel Guide.
When you return, you can either take your haul home, or the chefs at the nearby Boathouse Café alongside the Barbican landing stage will cook your catch for you and help you learn more about preparing and cooking fresh fish.
Enjoy a perfect family day out by catching one of the regular daily crossings operated during the summer months by the Cawsand Ferry service between the Barbican Wharves and the beautiful Cornish beaches of Cawsand and Kingsand on the Rame peninsula.
The famous hawkers are hard to miss alongside the Mayflower Steps as they call out the ferry crossing times, adding to the overall ambience.
Stop off at Jacka Bakery on the Barbican to pick up a picnic first, and look out for our resident local porpoise who often follows the boat’s wake – you may spot Sammy the Seal as he plays alongside the quay too.
Stop off at The Boathouse Cafe when you get back for a restorative coffee or an early supper, with this welcoming eaterie handily located on the quayside just where the boats drop off passengers – and don’t forget to use your Sutton Harbour Experience Card for a discount.