DRAKE’S ISLAND

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Guided Tours

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Group Bookings & Corporate Events

Gin, Vouchers & Gifts

Drakes Island Explorer

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Airsoft

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Cyberheritage

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Paranormal Tours

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The Jewel in
Plymouth Sound

Sitting in the sparkling Sound, Drake’s Island is a quiet haven of wildlife, panoramic views and so much history.

After being inaccessible to the public for over 30 years, the island’s new custodians look forward to extending a warm welcome to guests, and to sharing with you all the peace, beauty and heritage that can be found in this truly unique Scheduled Monument and its environment.

Enjoy a trip across the Sound courtesy of our partners at Plymouth Boat Trips and join us for a guided tour around 6.5 acres of volcanic rock and a thousand years of recorded history: our guides are passionate about the island and its story and we’re sure you will be too!

Drakes Island Guided Tour

Guided Tours

Come and join one of the most unique and fascinating guided tours in Plymouth and throughout the South West, by stepping on to Drake’s Island. You will get to learn about the island’s intriguing history and mysteries, walk through the tunnels that go deep into the island, encounter the abundant wildlife that has made Drake’s Island their home and see Plymouth from a whole new perspective, by climbing to the highest part of the island to capture that perfect photo opportunity.

Drake’s Island is the perfect place for a family adventure, so book your tour online now via Plymouth Boat Trips.

Group Bookings & Corporate Events

Drake’s Island provides a uniquely thrilling setting for your corporate event, with a diverse range of activities that can cater to everyone. Whether you want to organise a fun-filled day or a more peaceful event in a breathtaking location, there is no better option for your corporate or team-building event.

Contact us now to book your next event with us.

A member of the team is holding a tray of champagne at an event on Drakes Island
A close up of Drakes Island Gin

Gin, Vouchers & Gifts

Come and join one of the most unique and fascinating guided tours in Plymouth and throughout the South West, by stepping on to Drake’s Island. You will get to learn about the island’s intriguing history and mysteries, walk through the tunnels that go deep into the island, encounter the abundant wildlife that has made Drake’s Island their home and see Plymouth from a whole new perspective, by climbing to the highest part of the island to capture that perfect photo opportunity.

Drake’s Island is the perfect place for a family adventure, so book your tour online now via Plymouth Boat Trips.

Drakes Island Explorer

Embark on an unforgettable coastal adventure and explore the hidden treasures of Drake’s Island with a guided tour. In partnership with Plymouth Boat Trips, this tour is perfect for creating unforgettable memories with your loved ones.

To book your adventure, please visit Plymouth Boat Trips.

Available dates

  • Sunday 6th May
  • Friday 14th June
  • Thursday 25th July
  • Wednesday 28th August
  • Tuesday 10th September
Drakes Island in the sunshine
A person in airsoft commando gear on Drakes Island

Airsoft

We are excited to inform you that Commando Force Airsoft is now providing airsoft skirmish games and events at Drakes Island. During game days, you will have the opportunity to explore numerous tunnels and old ammunition rooms within the historic 400-year-old fortified island.

You can book your spot now, conveniently online, by visiting our partners Commando Force Airsoft.

Cyberheritage

Drake’s Island are so happy to be able to welcome Cyberheritage’s Steve Johnson back this summer.

Followed by thousands on Facebook and Instagram, Steve has acted as an historical advisor to the BBC, the Discovery Channel and is a Devon Heritage Education award winner who works to share and highlight the enormous amount of world-class history and heritage that Plymouth and its surround has to offer.

His tours of the island uncover the most comprehensive story possible and are incredibly popular so don’t miss your opportunity to see Drake’s Island in its greatest detail by joining one of his tours this summer – and bring a picnic to enjoy al fresco to round off your day!

Limited tickets will be available, priced at £25, inclusive of return passage from the Barbican landing platform, departing at 1100 and returning at 1530.

We can’t wait to see you!

Cyberheritage tour dates for 2024:
Thursday 30th May
Thursday 27th June
Thursday 25th July
Thursday 12th September
September 2024

Guidance to book the tour:

Please chosse one of the dates above, click on the Book Now button, then select the preferred date from Plymouth Boat calendar.

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Paranormal Tours

Paranormal Tours

The wait to book your tickets for 2024’s first Paranormal Tours is over: there are now a limited number of tickets for the first visit by Dark Dimensions to Drake’s Island on Sunday 5th May 2024 departing the Barbican landing platform at 1230 and returning at 1645.

The team are excited to bring their specialist equipment into this very unusual setting and invite you to share the experience. Earlybird tickets are now available priced at £29 but due to the tours being such a small and intimate investigative session, only a very limited number are available.

Why not bring your own picnic to enjoy back in the open air upon completion of the tour whilst meeting the host team for a Q&A session?

Don’t miss out on your chance to join what is sure to be an entirely unique experience.

Book Now and select Sunday 5th May 2024 from Plymouth Boat calendar.

What to expect on your visit

Drake’s Island is full of history, stories and views for miles. On your guided tour we’ll explain the history of the island as well its marine and bird life and you’ll see Plymouth from a beautiful new perspective.

A yellow Seahorse

Marine Conservation Area

Drake’s Island is working closely with it’s partner the National Marine Aquarium in order to protect, preserve and educate all areas of marine life around the island.

Drakes Island pier on a sunny day

Wildlife Reserve

The island is home to much wildlife including the protected Little Egrets, bees, butterflies, insects and mammals.

A close up on a Drakes Island cannon

Heritage Centre

The island is home to history and heritage at every turn. Each step on our guided tours leads you further into the islands heritage and importance within the community.

Reviews from Tripadvisor
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Well worth it

Finally we got to visit Drakes Island and it was well worth it. 

Wendy H

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Excellent trip

After living all my life in Plymouth it was great to eventually visit the Island. 

Amanda B

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Unique & fascinating

Enjoyed a fascinating tour of the island with our excellent guide Dr Pete.

Karen P

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Spectacular!

Thoroughly enjoyed visiting this amazing island! The tour guide was very engaging. 

Miriam