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Armed Forces Day

Plymouth’s Armed Forces Day 29th June

A not to be missed event in the heart of Plymouth

Just a couple of weeks to go until Plymouth’s spectacular Armed Forces Day which will return on Saturday 29 June.

Armed Forces Day is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to come along and show their support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces community from currently serving troops to reservists, veterans, cadets and their families.

​The start of the day will see the Parade of Standards, as veterans and cadets march across the Hoe promenade. Throughout the day, visitors will be able to watch the Field Gun competition with tri-service teams competing for the prestigious Babcock cup, the Unarmed Combat Display by 30 CDO Stonehouse Royal Marines and performances from bands including the City of Plymouth Pipe Band and the marching band of the Royal Marines, Plymouth.

​From 5pm, an air display will take to the skies, starting with a rescue display from the Coastguard in partnership with the RNLI. There will be a flypast from a Royal Navy Merlin helicopter and an RAF Spitfire plane, and the spectacular Red Arrows will take to the skies for the final display.

​Across the Hoe, a number of ‘villages’ will showcase the Royal Navy, Army, RAF, Royal Marines and the emergency services, with vehicles and equipment on display, information about recruitment and military personnel to meet. The Veteran’s Village, supported by Royal British Legion, will also see more than 60 local charities and organisations showcasing their work, offering information, advice and support.

​The main stage will host performances from local choirs and groups throughout the day, including the Community Military Kids Choir and the Military Wives choir.

​From 6pm, a free evening concert sponsored by C&G Catering, will entertain the crowds with a fantastic range of live music. The night will be headlined by One Step Behind, the UK’s leading Madness tribute band. Also taking to the stage is Scarlett Lee, last year’s X Factor runner-up, a Tom Jones tribute act and the Royal Marine Function Band.

We hope to see you there.

Pirate Weekend

Pirates Weekend in Plymouth 11th & 12th May

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Ahoy there me hearties! Get ready for a swashbuckling day of fun enjoying the best of the high seas in Britain’s Ocean City as this award-winning event returns for another year. Enjoy an adventure-filled day out for the whole family as you wander the streets of the Barbican and Sutton Harbour.

Two tall ships, The Phoenix and Grayhound, will be docked in Sutton Harbour for you to hop aboard and hoist the main sail! Watch out for arch-enemies Jonty Depp and Captain Barbossa roaming the streets, meet the magical Madame Galleon and be enchanted by Melody the Mermaid.

Checkout the full schedule here: Pirate-Weekend-Details

There’s plenty more entertainment too, with puppeteers, stilt walkers, storytellers, displays and a programme of shanty bands to enjoy. Children will love the Giant Octopus soft play on The Parade, or getting creative with arts and crafts activities.

Plymouth Pirate Weekend is a two-day swashbuckling extravaganza when the historic maritime city pays homage to the pirate legend with a non-stop weekend of family-friendly entertainments hosted in Sutton Harbour and the adjacent Barbican area.

As the city’s historic waterfront quarter, Sutton Harbour provides the perfect backdrop to the hugely popular annual event every spring, and pirates swarm across the cobbled quayside with two days of re-enactment displays, sword fighting demonstrations, fairground rides, interactive workshops, treasure hunts, visits from tall ships, fancy dress competitions and much, much more.

Dress up as a pirate and spend some time enjoying the fantastic atmosphere on the harbourside – and don’t forget to look out for Cap’n Jack Sparrow, who never misses the chance to meet visitors.

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Plymouth Boats Trips

What better way to see Plymouth than from the sea

Set sail with Plymouth Boat Trips, Plymouth’s premier fishing, ferry and cruising company. From fun packed fishing trips and relaxed harbour cruising to our longer trips up the stunning Tamar Valley, beautiful Plymouth Sound and sailing around the tranquil River Yealm – there’s something for everyone!

1 Hr Harbour Cruise
Our 1 hour scenic warships and harbour cruise departs daily from The Barbican Landing Stage, adjacent to the Mayflower Steps, Plymouth.

On departing the Mayflower Steps, your skipper will provide an informative commentary, as we sail across the spectacular Plymouth Sound flanked by the beautiful Devon and Cornish coasts. We pass Plymouth Hoe, the famous Drakes Island, heading for the river Tamar where the mighty warships and nuclear submarines await!

Calstock Cruise
A truly idyllic 5 hour boat trip, sailing up the stunning Tamar Valley to the beautiful Cornish Village of Calstock.
Includes: 1 hour run ashore.

River Yealm Cruise (2 Hour)
A stunning, 2 hour non-stop cruise sailing beyond Plymouth Sound to the tranquil River Yealm, taking in the breathtaking scenery & wildlife of the Devon coast.

*PLEASE NOTE BEFORE BOOKING: The River Yealm Cruise is subject to favourable sea conditions, if on the day the sea state is not suitable to get as far as the River Yealm this trip will revert to our popular Breakwater Cruise. If there is chance of this on the day the crew & skipper will communicate this to you prior to the trip departing.

Breakwater & Coastal Cruise (2 Hours)
2 Hour cruise passing the scenic smuggling villages of Cawsand & Kingsand, The Garrison Fort Bovisand, Jennycliff and the iconic Plymouth Breakwater.

3 1/2 hour Mackerel & Sea Fishing
Our boat fishing trips offer an exciting activity that’s suitable for everyone, from beginners to seasoned anglers. Fishing is a fantastic way to get out on the water, have fun and learn more about the local marine environment. All equipment and safety gear is provided on board so you don’t need to bring a thing, simply dress for the weather!

After catching enough mackerel, we will then head out to other areas, where we hope to catch other species, but please note this is weather pendant and cannot be guaranteed. Our skilled skipper will always try his best for you.

It is very rare that a fishing trip is cancelled unless in inclement weather conditions, as there are plenty of sheltered areas around the Plymouth Sound that enable the boats to still proceed in wet & windy conditions. So please be aware of this when booking the trip, as all our trips are non-refundable.

Happy sailing, whatever you choose!

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The Award Winning Royal William Yard

Welcome to Royal William Yard

The Yard is open 24/7 but restaurants, retails units and businesses have individual opening hours. We recommend checking ahead of your visit.

Royal William Yard is one of the best places to stay, play, work, and rest in Plymouth and the South West. The award winning Grade I listed ex-Naval victualling yard in Plymouth is home to a stunning range of leading restaurants, bars, galleries, shops and an eclectic range of high quality, local and national unique events – from monthly good food markets, theatre and outdoor cinemas through to live music and circus performances. There’s something for everyone at the Yard – join us – you’ll soon get in to the flow of #YardLife.

A unique location to come and eat and drink with family and friends, offering a large variety of restaurants and some of the best spots for al fresco dining. There’s something to tempt you back time and time again from neighbourhood cafes and bakery offering traditional fare to more international cuisines bringing flavours from France, Italy, Brazil and Japan. It doesn’t stop there as there is a host of refreshments, whether you consider yourself a wine connoisseur, a cocktail aficionado, a craft beer fan or need your daily coffee fix we have a host of refreshments to choose from.

Constructed between 1825 and 1831, Royal William Yard is steeped in history and considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain and the largest collection of Grade I Listed military buildings in Europe.

Superbly located between the River Tamar and Plymouth Sound, Royal William Yard provides breath-taking views and a great place to live or base your business.

It boasts an array of both local and more widely known eating and drinking experiences including Bistrot Pierre, Wildwood, Wagamamas, Las Iguanas, Seco Lounge, Le Vignoble and Prezzo.

There’s a wealth of great events and places to explore – like our award-winning Good Food Market, regular Yard music sessions, Wimbledon on the green and Weekend of Wonders.

From yoga on the lawn, to boot camps and running groups, come and experience a wide range of fitness classes. Alternatively take a stroll along the famous South West Coast Path and descend the stunning steps from Devils Point into the Yard. There is an on-site marina offering berthing and a regular ferry service as well stand up paddle boarding which launches from Firestone Arches.

Sat Nav Directions

Use this Post Code for your Sat Nav PL1 3GD, as you may be directed down the wrong road – once on Durnford Street, follow Royal William Road round to the right, do not go straight on. You will see a large cobbled roundabout and the entrance to the Yard is straight in front of you, you have arrived.


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100 Things to do in Plymouth – 2019

Welcome to Britain’s Ocean City

Visit Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth, during 2019 and be taken aback at what this great city can provide. Of course, The Grosvenor Hotel is right in the heart of the City, The Hoe and the Barbican so we look forward to welcoming you to our award-winning hotel that offers the very best in hotel, bed and breakfast accommodation in Plymouth.

Did you know?

Did you know that Plymouth boasts the oldest working commercial bakery in the world? Jacka’s of Southside Street on the Barbican were baking at the time of the Armada (1588) and baked biscuits for the voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers in 1620?

Did you know that Plymouth’s Roman Catholic Cathedral was designed by Joseph Hansom who also designed the world’s first taxi – as in a ‘Hansom Cab’? He also designed the Catholic Cathedral in Arundel Sussex and St Walburge’s Church in Preston which has the tallest parish church spire in England.

Out and about in Plymouth

Of course, that’s not all. Visit Plymouth, have pulled together over 100 things to do in and around the city, from family days out to delectable dining experiences, unique ways to get active and the best places to explore the great outdoors, plus loads more.

For ease of use they have categorised them into the following, so whether you want to participate in the Pirates Weekend, see The Armed Forces Day, marvel at the British Fireworks Championship, experience the Ocean City Blues and Jazz Festival or simply take a walk along the magnificent Plymouth Hoe then we have it all for you. Check out these categories and visit the site for a very comprehensive list of exciting events and venues.

  • Family
  • Art and culture
  • Music and festivals
  • Sport
  • Food and drink
  • Shopping
  • History and heritage
  • Outdoors
  • Something special

For all the details please follow this link:

If you think we have missed something, or you have stayed with us and found a hidden gem to visit or experienced a great dining experience then let us know. In the meantime, why not call us to see what The Grosvenor Hotel and Plymouth can offer you.

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‘Drake Room’ hire only £20+vat per day for the whole of 2019!!!

With seating for up to approx 12 people, the Drake Room is the ideal venue for that small gathering or meeting. The room lends itself to many different uses from corporate meetings or interview days to small family gatherings or special occasions. It could be used for workshops such as art classes, photography, bridge clubs or even as a social for friends who maybe want a private area to use before going out, maybe wine tasting, or even a cocktail night. With fibre broadband WiFi, a 42 inch screen and the hotel hosting a fully licensed bar the choices are endless.

To add to the convenience of hiring the Drake Room we are also able to offer catering services. A fully cooked breakfast option is available between 7.00am and 9.30am for those early morning meetings. Or if you are with us slightly later into the day then there are a variety of lunchtime and evening options available to cater for your requirements.

We have a fantastic 2019 offer, which allows the Drake Room to be hired for just £20+vat for a whole day!!!

We are extremely flexible with room layouts and session times, so please feel free to enquire should we not cover your specific needs.

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‘Daily Mail’s No.1 Choice!!!’

We are officially the Daily Mail’s No.1 recommendation for where to stay when visiting Plymouth!

July 10th’s edition of the Daily Mail showcased a selection of Britain’s best Lido’s to visit, accompanied with where their experts recommend you stay to compliment your stay. Yes, you’ve guessed it, Plymouth’s wonderful Lido featured top of the list, with our very own Grosvenor as their top tip of where to stay!!!

We’ll take that…

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Pixie Lott comes to town…

The Grosvenor Plymouth were very happy to have had the multi award-winning Pixie Lott staying with us in our Grand Suite room during her time here in Plymouth for Truman Capote’s newly adapted Breakfast At Tiffany’s stage play at The Theatre Royal Plymouth. Pixie played the exuberant Holly Golightly in the theatre production that has been stylishly adapted by Pulitzer Prize finalist and Tony and Oliver Award winning playwright Richard Greenberg and directed by Nikolai Foster. The show, and Pixie, are now hitting the West End in London to finish the last leg of their U.K. tour.

During Pixie’s week long stay here she thoroughly enjoyed all that Plymouth has to offer and was seen out and about enjoying the bars, café’s and sunshine along the Hoe and the Barbican; dining at Catch 22 and having tea at The Liner Lookout.

Everyone here at The Grosvenor loved having the lovely Pixie stay with us and we hope she comes back to Plymouth again and pops in for a catch-up!