Plymouth Shopping and Districts

(Plymouth, Devon, England, UK)

Picture of shops overlooking the waterfrontThere are more than 500 different shops throughout the city of Plymouth, together with a recently opened shopping centre, the Drake Circus mall. The very heart of Plymouth is easy to access and features large pedestrianised areas around Armada Way, many department stores, plenty of seating and landscaped planting.

Shops around this part of Plymouth are laid out logically and offer some of the best retail therapy in the west. With nearby car parks, coffee shops with outdoor tables, more shops than you could possibly visit in one day, and many well-known brands, Plymouth is a great place for shopaholics, or those simply looking for a bargain.

Photo of waterfront promenade in the city

Opening Hours

Most shops in the city of Plymouth are open seven-days-a-week, with hours being reduced on Sundays. In general, there are always a plethora of shops open between 09:00 and 17:30 from Monday to Saturday.

Large supermarkets in Plymouth are often open as early as 07:00 and close as late as 23:00 Monday to Friday, 22:00 on Saturday. On Sundays, the main supermarkets are open between 10:00 to 16:00, although most other shops opening on Sundays only begin trading at 11:00.

Shopping Centres

Be sure to head to the centrally located Armada Way, for some of the best shopping that the city has to offer. Here you will find local shops side-by-side with well-known chains, department stores, cafes, bakeries and hairdressers.

Armada Way is an important thoroughfare and links the mainline train station with the scenic waterfront and Hoe area. Nearby, plenty of shops also line both Cornwall Street and New George Street, both of which stretch throughout Plymouth city centre and feature three prominent department stores.

Those searching for independent shops and local specialist stores should consider visiting Plymouth's West End. The indoor Pannier Market can be found in this neighbourhood and contains more than 100 different market stalls, with many gift ideas, household goods and genuine bargains. Frankfort Gate, Market Avenue and Mayflower Street are part of the city's 'Independent Quarter' and a great place to visit for more off-beat shopping ideas.

Drake Circus - 1 Charles Street, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 1EA, England, UK
Home to around 50 different shops and eight notable department stores, Drake Circus has ensured the continual success of shopping in central Plymouth. An important and only recently opened development, Drake Circus is home to a large Marks and Spencer store, H&M, Primark and many more high-street names. This popular indoor shopping mall also features two separate levels, an extensive food court on a mezzanine level, modern facilities, and car parking for almost 1,300 cars.