Plymouth Poppies on Tour Wave

There is one city we just have to go and visit when the sun comes out and that is beautiful Plymouth. Last weekend (well the Saturday anyway), the weather was rather lovely, so we made up a picnic and jumped into the car to visit this lovely city.

We love walking around the quay, on hot days you can sometimes find this gorgeous retro ice cream van… I want one!

Retro ice cream van on Plymouth Harbour

There are also some lovely shops and quaint side streets, there is something humorous in the fact that they have painted double yellow lines down these narrow roads.

Once we have taken in the sites of the quay we tend to walk up to the Hoe for our picnic. I just love the views on this walk, I see something new every time we visit and almost feel like we are not in England anymore. There are lots of little cafes and coffee shops built right into the wall of the harbour.

Last year we actually went into the Tinside Lido. It was far too cold when we were in Plymouth at the weekend to even think about going for a swim. (this photo was from last summer when the weather was a lot hotter)

Tinside Lido on Plymouth Hoe

Without fail when we visit Plymouth Hoe we take a picnic and sit and enjoy the beautiful views of the lighthouse and the surrounding sea.

Having a picnic on Plymouth Hoe Lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe

We were fortunate enough to see the Poppies on Tour wave at the CWGC Plymouth Naval Memorial. The breath-taking sculptures were initially conceived as the key dramatic sculptural elements in the installation Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red at the Tower of London in the autumn of 2014. Aren’t they dramatic and such a wonderful remembrance for all those that died during the great war?

After our walk along the Hoe, we headed into town for a coffee and some cake. Plymouth has lots of great places to have a drink and a bite to eat. We decided to try Barista Brothers an Italian coffee shop. It was quite quirky inside, it was nice to try somewhere a bit different and the coffee was good too.

Although we didn’t visit there this weekend (but have many times), another place you have to go if you visit Plymouth is the National Aquarium. It is very interactive for the children and of course, there are lots of wonderful things to see in the huge tanks.

Large Tank at Plymouth Aquarium

Husband and I are planning to have a grown up weekend in Plymouth soon so we can go and see what the bars and restaurants have to offer. We would love to see a show at the Theatre Royal also. Let’s hope next summer the weather is a lot warmer, I want to play in the Lido again!


  1. 8th September 2017 / 8:30 am

    Amazing place and fantastic pictures. I love the swim pool which located on the bay side and the red flowers, they so amazing. I really enjoyed your pictures. XO

    • 8th September 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Thank you, the pool is lovely just so very cold! 🙂

    • 8th September 2017 / 9:43 pm

      Thank you, i would love that ice cream van parked up on my drive x

  2. 8th September 2017 / 1:57 pm

    I really don’t know Plymouth well. I lived there for 2 days many years ago and then got a job offer so had to leave! I do love going to the Pavillion for music though but maybe I should arrive early next time and have a proper wander round.

    • 8th September 2017 / 9:41 pm

      Haha Clare, i love that you lived there for 2 whole days, you will have to tell me the story behind that when i see you next x

  3. 8th September 2017 / 2:21 pm

    This place looks amazing! It’s so beautiful and just embodies what my American mind thinks all of Europe looks like. My husbands in the Army and we’re hoping to be stationed somewhere in Europe next and I’m so excited to explore little places like this. My wanderlust is growing!

    Kylie <3 |

    • 8th September 2017 / 9:40 pm

      Thank you for your comment, i get the same feeling when i see small American towns. I hope you get stationed in Europe soon, there are lots of beautiful places to see x

  4. 8th September 2017 / 4:07 pm

    Oh dear! That must be a joke, I do’t think that road with double yellow line would fit a tri-cycle let alone a mini cooper. Your pictures are beautiful, especially the closeup shot. Is that a bacon sandwich?

    • 8th September 2017 / 9:38 pm

      I know the yellow lines are so funny but are on many narrow roads in Plymouth. It was a jam sandwich 🙂

  5. Jasmin N
    8th September 2017 / 6:57 pm

    Ooh the place looks amazing & sounds like you had a great time afterall. Can’t wait to plan a little family day out soon 🙂

  6. Caitylis
    8th September 2017 / 7:10 pm

    I’ve never been to Plymouth but it looks absolutely beautiful. We had the Poppy’s in my local town Lincoln about half a year back I’d say. A beautiful display I must say!
    Much love, Caitylis x x

    • 8th September 2017 / 9:36 pm

      They were impressive, I can not believe they were all hand made!

  7. 9th September 2017 / 5:37 am

    This place is really amazing. Pictures are stunning ?

  8. 9th September 2017 / 9:24 pm

    Love your photos!
    I really want to see the poppies, do you know how long they’re there for? We’re not free for a few weekends now 🙁

    • 10th September 2017 / 8:29 am

      Thank you Gina, you have plenty of time to see the poppies, they are there until the 19th November x

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