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What to do in Plymouth when you come for an Open day

We've put together a handy guide to our favourite places for you to visit and explore when you come to us for an Open Day.

Here at Plymouth College of Art we love living in a city that celebrates art, culture and most of all, good food! And we thought it would be a great idea to put together a handy guide to our favourite places for you to use when you come and visit us.

Explore and discover the Plymouth we love when you come to one of our upcoming Open Days and see for yourself what makes Plymouth College of Art and our ocean city so special. Could it be our state-of-the-art facilities, our industry experienced lecturers or our creative community? Or perhaps it’s just the doughnuts from The Early Bird bakery. 😉

See below the awesome exhibitions, galleries, restaurants, bakeries, independent shops and so much more in “Britain’s coolest little city by the sea.” - British GQ

The Box Plymouth Museum and Art Gallery

The Box Plymouth is just up the road from Plymouth College of Art

The current exhibitions at The Box, a museum, art gallery and archive for Plymouth - right next door to our campus, where there is always something new to discover. As well as our many galleries we recommend you check out Europe’s largest immersive 3D dome at The Market Hall, for a truly innovative digital experience. Calling all sea-life lovers, the National Marine Aquarium is the largest in the UK, and has such a large range of exhibits you can travel from the Plymouth Sound to the Great Barrier Reef under one roof!

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Plymouth Hoe is a breathtaking spot for panoramic views around the coast

The Hoe, the perfect spot for a walk with breathtaking panoramic views of the sea. You can also enjoy a refreshing swim at one of Plymouth’s many wild swimming spots, like the Devil’s Point tidal pool in Firestone Bay! Or take a stroll around the picturesque Barbican, a cobbled stone waterfront quay packed with restaurants, cafes, specialist shops and galleries.

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Cosmic Kitchen is just round the corner from Palace Court and Palace Studios and offers tasty vegan food for all the family

At Cosmic Kitchen, a fab vegan cafe with a friendly atmosphere and live music in the evenings! Boston Tea Party is great for all your coffee and cake needs. Looking to takeaway? Head to Rockets and Rascals, where you can pick up a delicious lunch AND hire a bike to explore Plymouth and its surrounding bike trails. Looking for something a little more exciting? Then Tantuni, an authentic Turkish food stall, or AtKitchen, an asian fusion restaurant, both based at Plymouth Market, are perfect if you want to try something new.

Exterior shot of Nook Houseplants, with steamed up windows, plants on display and logo proud in the window

Nook Houseplants are fast becoming regulars at the college's Students' Union with pop up shops, tasty discounts and all the plant care advice you could ever need!

The Book Cupboard is not just for bookworms, this Aladdin’s cave houses out of print and rare first edition books, as well as non-fiction instructional books and crime novels, well worth a browse. For our green fingered friends Nook, a house plant specialist shop, is a must visit and is guaranteed to have something for everybody. Another must-see is The House That Jack Built, a throwback to old curiosity shops combined with a Camden town market, it is full of arts, crafts and unique products you won’t find anywhere else. Within The House That Jack Built you will find The Music Cave, Nook and much more!

Don’t forget to check out what’s on at Theatre Royal (one of the UK's largest regional producing theatres!), the Barbican Theatre or Plymouth Arts Cinema if you’re staying for the weekend. Discover all of these locations and more on our Tripadvisor page and download our handy Plymouth Map to find your way round Plymouth. You can also use this handy tool to find local car parks that will make your journey easier.

Book your place at our next Open Day now and start planning your trip to Plymouth. We can’t wait to welcome you!