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The historic Mayflower Steps
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News from the Plymouth Barbican
Become a Polar Bear Explorer this winter!
Enjoy a free family trail across the Plymouth’s famous waterside locations including the Barbican, learn about how plastics affect these beautiful animals and their habitat and explore the city. 20 polar bear cubs are hidden within local businesses this winter, find them all and complete the trail sheet for your chance to win a prize.
This trail runs until 3rd March 2019 and is a perfect opportunity for families to join in with the spirit of adventure and spend some quality time together. Each polar bear reveals an interesting fact for your children to learn once found.
You can collect your trail sheets from any participating businesses and drop them off at the National Marine Aquarium, the Barbican Tourist Information Centre or Bistrot Pierre once completed. You may also download them as a PDF from the Visit Plymouth website.
There’s plenty of activities, places to eat and drink and gifts galore to choose from, right here on the Plymouth Barbican! Find out more in our Christmas on the Plymouth Barbican roundup…
Don’t forget the Barbican Christmas Light Switch on featuring Santa and this year The Grinch! #LoveTheBarbican
The Barbican traders are coming together for Halloween with a series of events, offers and a whole lot more! Check out the Halloween on the Plymouth Barbican page for more details…
Taking place on the 15th & 16th September the popular annual Plymouth Seafood Festival returns to the Plymouth Barbican and Sutton Harbour.
There will be plenty to eat, drink, see and do during the seafood festival. Check out the full lineup here…
[ PLEASE NOTE: The temporary bridge was open August to October 2018 ]
A temporary walkway is opening across Sutton Harbour Lock to help people cross the harbour while the pedestrian footbridge is closed for repairs.
People will be able to use a new walkway across the inner lock gates for short periods of time in the day, depending on waiting marine traffic, tides and freeflow times, to cross from the historic Barbican Quarter to the Fishing Quarter and to visit the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant.
This temporary walkway will be in addition to the option of catching the daily Sutton Harbour Ferry Service or walking around East Quay and North Quay, which form the City Quarter and Leisure Quarter of Sutton Harbour.
The temporary solution will not be suitable for small children, pushchairs, prams, bicycles, wheelchairs or anyone with mobility issues, as it involves steps and a narrow, single-file, adapted path crossing the industrial inner lock gates, which were not designed for pedestrian use.
It is hoped that the temporary walkway, when combined with the daily ferry service and the short walking route around the harbour, will make it easier for people to journey across Sutton Harbour while work continues to progress permanent repairs to the footbridge.
Read more: About the temporary walk bridge…
Due to the temporary walk bridge being effected by a range of factors please check the notice boards on the day to see opening / closing times.
Heritage Trail / Starfish Trail
Other ways to get around include the Starfish Trail, which follows Stella the Starfish around Sutton Harbour, with trail boards located on the water’s edge to take visitors from the heart of the Barbican to the National Marine Aquarium (NMA) and Rockfish, which are located on the other side of the water.
Sutton Harbour / Barbican Ferry Service
The Sutton Harbour Ferry Service operates in Plymouth’s historic harbour with trips between Lockyers Quay and Barbican West Pier running each half hour.
See the ferry service Facebook page for operating times…