Now that February has arrived and most of us have given up on our New Year’s resolutions, thoughts turn to love as Valentine’s Day looms. Although for many this holiday is often a reminder of their relationship status – or just an excuse to do something special with loved ones, partners and friends – it’s also a chance to think about the other things we love.
Places can become special to us for many reasons, whether it’s for the stunning location or revisiting the site of a memorable moment, and these places can provide the perfect setting for Valentine’s Day.
So while we have love on the brain, here are five things to love about Sutton Harbour – and some ideas of how to spend Valentine’s Day in the historic heart of Plymouth.
1. The History
Sutton Harbour is one of the oldest parts of Plymouth and holds a unique, historic charm which is loved by visitors and locals alike. Its cobbled streets, winding alleyways and old buildings remind us of how the city has grown and developed over the years. Plymouth was originally a fishing village called Sutton and the harbour held a key role as one of the major fishing ports in the South West – as it remains today.
Key landmarks along the waterfront pay tribute to the long history of the harbour. The Mayflower commemoration steps lay at the entrance of the harbour, marking the spot where the Pilgrims set sail on their legendary voyage to the New World in 1620. The Mayflower Museum details the journey across the Ocean and offers an insights into what life was like on board. The Elizabethan House and Merchant House both offer a glimpse into what life was like in Plymouth in the 16th and 17th century.
2. The Location
The harbour is adored by many for its fantastic location and gorgeous views, proving incredible popular all year round for days out, evening meals and leisurely walks along the quayside. The picturesque location is often the backdrop for hundreds of images, with many members of the public taking advantage of sunny weather and stunning views as well as local photographers, often sharing their snaps on social media.
While watching the boats in Sutton Harbour Marina sail out to Plymouth Sound and beyond, it’s easy to forget that Sutton Harbour is just a stone’s throw away from the city centre and top attractions, including:
3. Local amenities
Lining the streets of Sutton Harbour and the Barbican are a vast range of independent and chain businesses including Boston Tea Party, The Stable and HonkyTonk Wine Library. The harbour is becoming one of the top food and drink destinations in the city, boasting restaurants with high-profile chefs, award-winning eateries and sought-after dining, and all with a fantastic view to boot.
4. The National Marine Aquarium
The harbour is home of the UK’s second largest aquarium with over 4,000 sea creatures to see across a range of spectacular exhibits. The NMA proves popular amongst locals, holiday makers and families all year round as it is one of the top attractions in the city. The aquarium is the perfect place to go for some family fun offering a range of activities, regular events and yearly entry passes.
5. World-class events
Throughout the year, a range of exciting events come to Plymouth’s vibrant waterfront, attracting thousands of people to visit the historic harbour, from Pirate Weekend in May to the Plymouth Seafood Festival in September. The world-famous British Firework Championships takes place in August when the top six firework companies battle it out across two nights of amazing displays to be crowned the winner.
A range of local events hosted by businesses in Sutton Harbour also take place throughout the year, including comedy nights, live music and boat trips.
Spend Valentine’s Day in Sutton Harbour
As there is so much to love about Plymouth’s vibrant waterfront, why not spend Valentine’s Day with someone special in Sutton Harbour?
National Marine Aquarium
Enjoy a romantic meal for two in front of NMA’s Atlantic Ocean Exhibit, with champagne on arrival, a delicious four-course meal and a bottle of house wine for the table.
Due to popular demand the NMA have added not one but two more dates this year.
Visit the NMA website for more information and to book your table.
Set sail for The Ship this Valentine’s Day and enjoy a choice of three courses for £24.95 or two courses for £21.95 from their special Valentine’s menu, available from Friday 14th – Sunday 16th February.
Take a look at their website for more information.
Miller & Carter Steakhouse
Offering the ingredients for the perfect Valentine’s Day, Miller & Carter’s special three-course menu runs all day from Monday 10th – Friday 14th February with a range of options from £28.95.
Visit the Miller & Carter website to find out more.
Daisy’s Tea Rooms and Coffee Shop
Tuck into a three-course meal at Daisy’s Tea Rooms which will be accompanied by live music from their very own Singing Chef. The event takes place on Saturday 15th February from 6.30pm and tickets are £20.
Visit the Facebook page to book.