About the City



Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, is one of Europe’s most vibrant waterfront cities, with so much to explore.

There’s something for every traveller to experience in this historic city, however long you have to stay around. Located in one of the most beautiful locations imaginable, Plymouth is sandwiched between the incredible South West coastline and the wild beauty of Dartmoor National Park.



Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city with a rich history, which includes:

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    The Mayflower Steps, where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America.

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    The Hoe, where it is said that Drake played bowls before defeating the Spanish Armada.

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    The oldest working gin distillery at Plymouth Gin.

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    Smeaton’s Tower Lighthouse.


A short walk from this historic heart of the city is Plymouth Hoe, a broad vista that overlooks the beautiful Plymouth Sound and is home to many events throughout the year. It’s also one of the most popular places to stroll or sunbathe. The Hoe is home to the striking red-and-white striped former lighthouse, Smeaton’s Tower, the art-deco, open-air swimming pool Tinside Lido and a number of statues and memorials.


Another unmissable spot is the historic Royal William Yard. Formerly a Royal Navy Victualling Yard, it’s a grand and imposing sight, and the largest collection of Grade I Listed military buildings in Europe. The Yard has now been transformed into one of the coolest spots to be, home to an array of restaurants, cafes, shops, and galleries.


You can also navigate the city by boat. As Britain’s Ocean City, one of the best ways to appreciate this wonderful place is on the water. The waterlinks are impressive, joining up the Barbican, Mount Batten, Royal William Yard and even further afield into Cornwall, with regular ferries running to Mount Edgcumbe and Cawsand.



With festivals and events taking place throughout the year, Plymouth offers a range of art galleries, museums such as The Box, and theatres and nightlife. There are a wealth of leisure and learning activities.

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