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Plymouth Gin Distillery

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Discover the Art of Distillation at Plymouth Gin Distillery

Discover the craft behind one of Plymouth’s most famous products on a fascinating family day out at the Plymouth Gin Distillery. Their historic distillery has been creating distinctive gin right in the heart of the city for over 300 years using traditional techniques.

Guided tours give you access behind the scenes to explore the working distillery and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the gin making process. Here’s everything you need to know for an intriguing day out uncovering the secrets of smooth Plymouth gin.

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Getting There

The Plymouth Gin Distillery is centrally located on Plymouth’s historic cobbled Barbican harbourside. Well signed from The Parade, the Barbican’s sights like the Mayflower Steps are just minutes away.

The Barbican has parking though spaces are limited. Alternatively use city centre car parks a 5-10 minute walk away. Plymouth railway station is 1 mile from the distillery.

Opening Times

The Plymouth Gin Distillery’s guided tours run regularly each day:

February to November: Monday – Saturday: 9.30am – 5.30pm Sundays: 10am – 4.30pm

December & January have more limited openings so check their website first.


Tickets and Prices

Popular pre-booking for tours is recommended. Walk-in tours are subject to availability. Ticket prices for the basic distillery tour are:

  • Adults – £15
  • Children – free

Tickets include a gin drink at the end.

Distillery Tour Highlights

Tours last around 1 hour 15 minutes. Highlights include:

  • See the historic distillery buildings dating back centuries. Spot old gin bottles.
  • Learn how the pure Dartmoor water affects the gin’s taste.
  • Peer into the working stills bubbling away producing gin.
  • Understand the secret botanical blend that creates the signature floral taste.
  • Hear stories of Plymouth Gin’s rich history supplying the British Navy.
  • Inhale the punchy juniper aroma around the distillation equipment.
  • Follow the stages of crafting each bottle from distillation right through to labelling.
  • Ask the gin expert guides questions about recipes and techniques.
  • Finally, enjoy sampling Plymouth Gin’s smooth flavours.
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Other types of distillery tour

  • Gin Connsiouers Tour – 1.5 hours / £35 – An overview of the history of the Distillery, the botanicals that are used and the distillation process (as per the Plymouth Gin Distillery Tour) as well as unique opportunity to an in-depth tasting exploring the journey of gin throughout history, including 7 samples.
  • Master Distillers Tour – 2.5 hours / £55 – A talk about the rich history of the Distillery, the distillation process and the botanicals that are used. There is an in-depth tasting exploring the journey of gin throughout history, including 7 samples (as per the Gin Connoisseur’s Tour) and a distilling master class.

Extras and Gift Shop

The Distillery’s Refrectory bar offers great views and serves Platters pairing gin cocktails with local food. You can also purchase bottles in the gift shop along with souvenir glasses, mixer cans and branded merchandise.

From aromatic vapours to tasty tipples, a day at Plymouth Gin Distillery provides an intoxicating family experience discovering local heritage and craftsmanship.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is the dress code for the tours? – There is no strict dress code for the tours, but visitors are asked to dress appropriately for a distillery setting. This means avoiding open-toed shoes, loose clothing, and anything that could get caught in machinery.

Is the distillery wheelchair accessible? – Yes, the it is accessible to people with wheelchairs. There is a ramp/level access to the distillery, and there are toilets for disabled visitors.

Are dogs allowed? Assistance dogs only are allowed.

Other attractions near the Plymouth Gin Distillery

While you are in Plymouth, you should see some of these places too:

  • Smeaton’s Tower – Historic red and white lighthouse that was moved from the Eddystone Reef to Plymouth Hoe in the 1880s. Nice views from the top.
  • Mayflower Steps – The point from which the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America in 1620. See the Mayflower memorial.
  • Royal William Yard – Grade I listed former Royal Navy victualling yard transformed into shops, restaurants and galleries.
  • Plymouth Boat Trips – See the sights of Plymouth from the water including the breakwater, harbour, and Mount Edgcumbe.
  • Plymouth Aquarium – Family friendly aquarium housing over 40 exhibits showcasing local and exotic aquatic life. See sharks, rays, fish and more.
  • Saltram House – Elegant Georgian mansion with impressive interiors and gardens designed by Capability Brown. National Trust property.
  • Mount Edgcumbe House – Scenic country house with impressive grounds, gardens and orangery set across the River Plym from Plymouth.
  • Buckfast Abbey – Working Benedictine monastery with medieval church, monk’s herb garden and grounds. Shop sells homemade produce.
  • Devonport Dockyard – Historically important Royal Navy dockyard. Home to the Submarine Museum, ships and historic boatyard buildings.

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