Whether you’re an urban dweller or travelling in from rural parts of Devon and Cornwall, this historic maritime city is a convenient meeting point. With abundant options for your first get together, we have plenty of ideas for fun dates in Plymouth.
Where can I go on a date in Plymouth?
The region boasts more than its fair share of outdoor pursuits but also has many cultural venues, heritage sites and renowned eateries. Make the most of your date time, by sampling some of the south west’s top spots.
#1 Hire an adult scooter at iScootBike
Why walk when you can scoot? Cover more ground and make like big kids as you zip around together with a guided scooter bike tour. You’ll take in the Theatre Royal, Brittany Ferry Port, Mayflower college, Tinside Lido, the Hoe, the Barbican, the Marine Aquarium and Sutton Harbour. There’s a coffee break midway through the 2-hour trip, providing an opportunity for you to catch your breath and get to know each other better. Then, if you’ve hit it off, you can continue the date with a casual dinner…
#2 Eat street food at Suphas
Tuck into pan-Asian cuisine in a stunning waterfront setting. The menu at this street food emporium includes recipes from Thailand, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam and Malaysia, as well as a mouthwatering seafood counter. There are a host of dishes suitable for those following vegetarian, vegan ands gluten-free diets. Choose to eat in the colourful restaurant, or take away to eat on the quayside together at sunset.
#3 Take a cruise with Plymouth Boat Trips
Set sail with your date for some ocean adventures. Choose from sight-seeing, fishing, a ferry hop or sundowner cruise. The changing scenery will provide plenty of scope for conversation and you can stop off at local points of interest to explore the area further. If it’s your first meet, hop on a short one-hour harbour trip to test the water (in more ways then one). At the end of the voyage, it won’t be awkward if you go your separate ways, but if it’s gone well, you can suggest a post-cruise stroll or drinks.
#4 Go online speed dating in Plymouth
If you’re stuck at home, or would rather start your dating journey in the virtual realm, opt for digital dating via video call. This enables you to chat and interact with a variety of singles in your area, without having to go anywhere. It’s ideal if you’re based in a rural area far from city venues, find attending events intimidating or are having to self-isolate. Face to face dating can still happen from the comfort of your sofa. If you’re not sure if this is for you, find out more about what it’s like and the benefits of online speed dating.
#5 Scale the heights at Clip n’ Climb Plymouth
Want to incorporate some challenge into your date? Daredevils will relish a trip to this colourful indoor climbing centre, perfect for a sporty rainy day activity. This is the biggest clip n’ climb centre in the UK, with the tallest ‘Big Cheese’ wall. You’ll be able to ascend side by side but at your own difficulty level. It’s suitable for complete novices through to more experienced climbers.
Fun dates in Plymouth
#6 Watch an independent film at the Plymouth Arts Cinema
While Devon is a wonderful country for outdoor pursuits, Plymouth also has a vibrant cultural scene for those who prefer to remain indoors. This independent cinema is housed in Plymouth College of Art’s main campus at Tavistock Place. Watch mainstream movies, arthouse films and world cinema together at the cosy 115 seat picture house. During the warmer months, the team go on tour, providing Open Air Cinema screenings across the city.
#7 Paddleboard with South West SUP
Fill your lungs with fresh air and work your core for an outdoor activity full of thrills, and quite possibly, spills. Once you’ve found your balance, you’ll be able to paddle serenely at a distance, but side by side. If you’re a bit awkward about intense face to face dates, this is a great solution. You can chat freely and continually but without the need for constant eye contact – because you’ll need to look where you’re going! SUP hire is from Firestone Arch, Royal William Yard.
#8 Drink at the Nowhere Inn
This traditional community pub is hidden away in the city’s backstreets. Put some tunes on the quirky jukebox and sup on some real ales or locally produced gin. The bar also hosts quiz nights, live music and bingo with laughs guaranteed. You may even catch a sea shanty singalong.
#9 Swim at Tinside Lido
Take a dip at the charming Grade II listed art deco lido with spectacular views over Plymouth Sound. If you’d rather stay dry, or are visiting outside of the summer months, you can still enjoy the setting with a picnic or take out hot chocolate from the nearby Liner Lookout Cafe. Watch the enormous naval vessels pass by one of Europe’s finest outdoor pools.
#10 Dine at Kuku
Japanese food enthusiasts flock to this sushi bar and robata, serving fresh cuisine from its central location. Take a seat at its handcrafted maple sushi-bar as you watch the chefs create stunning and mouthwatering dishes. Take-out is available Thursday through to Sunday if you’d rather dine outdoors beside the pretty Dragonfly Fountain. And be sure to order one of Kuku’s superb unique cocktails.
Are you based in the south-west and ready to find love with some fun dates in Plymouth? Make it happen before the year is out by signing up for online speed dating in Plymouth. Or if you live further east in Devon, we offer online speed dating events in Exeter and online speed dating for the south-west too.