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10 things to do for free in Plymouth

With the cost of living ever increasing in these current times, more and more people, especially families, will be struggling to find things to do for minimal cost. I have compiled a list of things to do in and and around Plymouth, for free.

1 - Laira Heritage Trail

Explore the history of the railways and the Embankment in this fascinating trail. Family, wheelchair and pushchair friendly walk.

2 - How about being brave and trying some sea swimming? It has multiple physical and mental health benefits. Always check online for tide times and safe swimming levels.

3 - Beachcombing at Mount Batten

Have a look for different shells, sea creatures or maybe some pretty coloured sea glass.

4 - Exploring Plymouths old forts

Some are accessible, some aren't. One of the forts I used to spend time exploring as a teen is Woodland Fort near Honicknowle. It is a Grade II listed Palmerston Fort. You can explore ammunition stores, tunnels and lookouts. Please be safe, respectful and aware that the building is still in use for the community.

5 - Plymouths Parks

Devonport Park, Central park, Victoria Park, Thorn Park, Tothill Park, Freedom Park, Beaumont Park.

Have a stroll around these beautiful, green open spaces, for free!

6 - Wildlife spotting

Head to a few spots around Plymouth and see what wildlife you can spot. From your common garden birds to Herons, Commorants and birds of prey. Or maybe a fox, badger or deer, depending on where you go. My favourite places include; Warleigh Point Nature Reserve, Ham Woods, Plymbridge, Devils Point and Radford Lake.

7 - The Box

Our newly-opened, fantastic treasure trove of history and information. The Box is a superb place to visit, no matter what your interests are.

8 - Plymouth Historical Plaques

Have a wander around Plymouth spotting the plaques that are dotted around the city.

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Another fantastic trail in the Devonport area of Plymouth.

10 - Plym Valley Railway

Our lovely local Heritage Railway. Park in the free car park and have an explore of the station, talk to staff and volunteers and watch the mix of steam and diesel engines working hard. Take a walk up to the Lee Moor crossing and chat to the signalman or carry on up through the woods into Plymbridge. Of course there is always the option of a train ride for a few pounds, but not compulsory. Take a picnic and enjoy the smells and sounds while you snack.

Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoy exploring!

Michelle Walsh

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