How the opening of The Box can be a big boost for your business

The build up to the opening of The Box is in the home straight with ticket bookings due to go live at 10am this Thursday (10 September).

The Box will be the single biggest cultural attraction to open in the UK this year and will be a huge footfall driver for the city centre.

This gives all our businesses the opportunity to maximise the potential of The Box to attract new customers as many visitors will come to the city for the day, or longer, and combine their visit with shopping or eating out.

So, now is the time to think about what you can do to get them through your doors.

A good first step would be to make sure you visit The Box, so you can fully understand what is on offer and pass on to your staff and customers. It really is a huge asset for the city.

The city’s new museum, gallery and archive opens on 29 September with amazing permanent galleries filled with highlights from Plymouth’s art, human history, natural history, film, photographic and archive collections.

Major commissions by five international contemporary artists, research and learning spaces, a new shop and a ktchen and bar are some of the other main highlights.

All tickets can be booked via with timed entry slots every 30 minutes throughout the day. Bookings can currently be made up to 1 November and demand is expected to be high. A new wave of tickets for the winter will be released in late October.

General admission tickets are free and include access to all the galleries, St Luke’s church and the ‘Kehinde Wiley: Ship of Fools’ exhibition in The Levinsky Gallery at The University of Plymouth.

Tickets can also be booked for The Box’s incredible ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ exhibition, which is free to all Plymouth residents and under 18s with a small £5 charge for non-residents aged 18+.

The exhibition is the largest commemorative Mayflower show in history and features more than 300 precious objects from the UK, USA and Netherlands.

Plymouth City Council Leader Tudor Evans said: “This is such an exciting moment for the city and I can’t believe the opening date is just three weeks away.We’re expecting to be really busy as people come in to experience this fantastic new visitor attraction for the first time after four long years of development. I’d urge everybody to book their tickets as soon as they can!”  

A range of safety and social distancing measures will be in place at The Box to help visitors feel as comfortable as possible. They include:

  • Reduced capacity and clearly marked one way systems in key areas of circulation
  • Increased invigilation by staff and volunteers
  • Hand sanitising facilities and enhanced cleaning
  • In line with government guidance, face coverings are mandatory for all visitors aged 11+

Anyone who signs up for a membership over the next couple of days can enjoy priority booking and reserve their tickets straight away. Packages start at just £25 and are available for both individuals and households. Full details are also available from the website: