Plymouth VISITOR GUIDE 2018
to Britain’s Ocean City Steeped in seafaring history, Plymouth is a stunning city in a beautiful waterfront setting. Sandwiched between the rugged landscape of Dartmoor National Park and the incredible South West coastline, there’s something here for every traveller to enjoy. For hundreds of years, Plymouth has harnessed the spirit of adventure – welcoming new arrivals and waving adventurers off on their travels. Whether you’re looking for family fun, history and culture, or simply a breath of fresh air, we’re pleased to welcome you.
enjoy everything from fine dining to fish and chips with a sea view. What’s more we’ve got everything you’d want from a lively, cultural city, with shopping, arts and entertainment – enough to keep all members of the family occupied.
Delve into our heritage, exploring the fascinating history of a city shaped by its past or dive headfirst into a mouthwatering dining experience. You can
Rain or shine, Britain’s Ocean City is home to breath-taking views, plenty to see and do and lots of fresh, sea air. There’s nowhere quite like it - why not come along and see for yourself?
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Plymouth owes its existence to the ocean, with origins reaching as far back as the Bronze Age. From sea captain Sir Francis Drake setting off to circumnavigate the world, to the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620 and the cityâ€™s significant naval heritage, the waterfront location plays centre stage.
Walking through the city, history is proudly on display. The living memorial of Charles Cross Church, destroyed in the Blitz, and the wide boulevards of the urban centre show a thriving city that rebuilt itself after the Second World War. The Royal Citadel stands proudly on Plymouth Hoe, a dramatic 17th century fortress which was the most important English defence for 100 years. The ancient granite quays and Tudor brick of the Barbican and Sutton Harbour tell stories of centuries past, which you can almost feel in the soles of your feet as you stroll the cobbled streets. So wander the waterfront and breathe the salty tang of the sea air. Take some time to appreciate the view of Plymouth Sound, one of the world’s finest natural harbours. Watch the fishermen land their catch at the country’s second largest fish market. Hop aboard a boat trip or go for a dip in our open air saltwater swimming pool. They’re all part of what makes Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City…
The broad sweep of the water viewed best from Sutton Harbour and from the Hoe is something that never fails to draw me in; I love the heritage of Plymouth, the fish market in the seafood quarter, the shipping & naval connections and most of all the boats & the industry & life that shapes our daily lives. A wonderful city by the sea.” Mitch Tonks Chef, restaurateur and owner of award-winning Rockfish seafood restaurants
However long you have to enjoy a break in Plymouth, make sure you fit in some of the highlights! Soak up the incredible views on offer and enjoy a flavour of the rich and varied history of Britainâ€™s Ocean City.
to see and do
Plymouth Hoe is one of the most impressive city parks in the country, with its wide open aspect, beautiful views over Plymouth Sound and the distinctive red and white stripes of Smeaton’s Tower. Take a stroll along the promenade or sit back and enjoy the view that millions of people – from the Beatles to Sir Francis Drake - have enjoyed before you. Walk along the cobbled streets of the historic Barbican (home to the highest concentration of cobbled streets in England). Browse boutique shops and art galleries, pick up a souvenir to take home and soak up the historic atmosphere. On the Barbican, don’t miss the Mayflower Steps. This is where the Pilgrims set sail for America in 1620 – they eventually landed in ‘New Plymouth’ and over 20 million Americans are believed to be descended from these travellers.
I love photography in my spare time and Plymouth is full of interesting places. One of my favourite views is looking back across the city from Mount Batten pier. The vista is stunning and also gives a great perspective on all the maritime activity.” Gordon Sparks Breakfast Show presenter at BBC Radio Devon. 7
The Royal William Yard is a Grade 1 Listed former Naval Victualling Yard and an awe inspiring example of Georgian architecture – it’s worth a visit to appreciate the buildings alone, but take some time to enjoy the laid back café culture. Visit the home of one of Plymouth’s best-loved and most famous exports: Plymouth Gin. Brewed in the Black Friars Distillery on the Barbican since 1793, you can book a tour of the building and even make your own gin. Indulge in some retail therapy with top-brand names in Drake Circus and independent retailers and the 150 stall indoor Plymouth City Market in the West End. Unwind and relax at the luxurious Gaia Spa located in Boringdon Hall on the edge of Plymouth, which was named Best Destination Spa in the UK 2018 by the Condé Nast Johansen Awards.
One of my favourite things to do on a weekend in Plymouth, is head down to Elvira’s Cafe and have a big old English breakfast and then get on the Cremyll Ferry and have a beautiful day sightseeing!” Tom Daley World Champion Diver from Plymouth
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Family Attractions From popular tourist attractions to play parks, thereâ€™s plenty in Plymouth for the whole family to enjoy, whatever the weather! With big and small kids entertained, you can relax and make happy memories together.
Marvel at the wonders of the underwater world at the National Marine Aquarium. Over 4,000 marine animals live here, including sharks, jellyfish and Friday, the Green Turtle! Snap a selfie with a stingray and look out for sand tiger sharks in the Atlantic Ocean exhibit, the deepest in the UK with over 2million litres of water. If you’re looking for a walk on the wild side then head to Dartmoor Zoo, a short drive from Plymouth City Centre. The zoo is home to the largest collection of big cats in the region with lions, tigers and cheetah, as well as being home to monkeys, wolves, bears and much more. Along the waterfront you’ll find West Hoe Park with its play areas, miniature railway and the pirate-themed Treasure Island, home to trampolines, rides and crazy golf. It’s the perfect way to spend a sunny afternoon, with plenty of activities for children of all ages. For older children and teenagers who are looking for adventure then Tree Surfers, based north of Plymouth, is home to bridges, zip lines and walkways which will challenge and entertain. Or book an expedition with Adventure Segway at Mount Edgcumbe – are you brave enough to head off-road?! If that’s not enough, Plymouth provides a wealth of outdoor spaces both in the city, nearby beaches and the surrounds of Dartmoor. Perfect for scooters, bikes and running around!
Rainy Day Plan
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Plymouth is a beautiful place to visit, come rain or shine! However, if the heavens have opened and you’re looking for indoor entertainment to stay dry, then there’s still lots of fun to be had.
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Some of Plymouth’s biggest attractions are undercover making them perfect for a rainy day, including the National Marine Aquarium and Drake Circus. But why not try something different and get your skates on at Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink? They run family friendly sessions and even an ice disco on Friday evenings! Head to the north of Plymouth to find Adrenalin Urban Activity Centre, home to a trampoline park and ninja warrior course – guaranteed to get your heart pumping. Or you could challenge yourself in the vertical playground of Clip ’n Climb Plymouth’s climbing arena. And if you’d rather exercise your brain cells than your muscles, put your detective skills to the test at Escape Rooms Plymouth – can you solve the clues to escape within an hour?
Steeped in history, thereâ€™s a lot to delve into in Plymouth â€“ a city shaped by its past. Immerse yourself in a wondrous world of exploration as you walk in the footsteps of adventurers and explorers who strolled the streets of Plymouth in years gone by.
The Barbican is Plymouth’s historic heart, with listed buildings round every corner. Visit the Mayflower Steps to see where the Pilgrims departed in 1620 for America, and pay a visit to the Mayflower Museum (in the Tourist Information Centre) to learn more about their journey. The red and white stripes of Smeaton’s Tower are unmissable and the former lighthouse – once placed on Eddystone Rock – now stands proudly on Plymouth Hoe. Climb the 93 steps to the top for unbeatable views and take time to enjoy the painstakingly restored interior on the way.
several war memorials, the largest being the Plymouth Naval Memorial, commemorating over 23,000 lives lost during the two world wars. A short drive from the centre of Plymouth lies Devonport Guildhall, a stunning Grade 1 Listed Regency building. Discover its grand Main Hall, spooky cells and deadly secrets with a free audio tour and climb the 124ft column for magnificent panoramic views of Plymouth and Cornwall.
If modern history is more your thing, don’t miss the ‘Beatle Bums’ on the Hoe, marking the site where the Beatles sat to enjoy the view when they performed in Plymouth in the Then enjoy a walk along the Hoe, where legend says Sir Francis Drake 60’s. Take your seat and recreate the played bowls as he received news photo to create your own ‘day tripper’ of the Spanish Armada’s arrival. postcard! Along the Promenade, you’ll find 15
Parks, Gardens &
Idyllic Green Spaces
Did you know that more than a third of Plymouth is covered in green space? The cityâ€™s parks and nature reserves will provide you with a spot where you can relax and enjoy some breathing space.
Nestled in the heart of the busy Barbican you’ll find a gentle oasis of calm in the Elizabethan Gardens. Sit on the stone benches and rest your legs for a while – you can almost imagine that you’ve travelled back in time. Close to the city centre lies Central Park, the largest park in Plymouth. It’s perfect for dog walkers and families with wide open meadows and woodlands to explore, along with an adventure playground and skate park. If you want to feel like you’ve escaped to the countryside then just a 20 minute drive from the city centre sits Saltram House.
Imagine yourself in Jane Austen’s era; this magnificent National Trust owned Georgian mansion featured as Norland Park in the 1995 adaptation of Sense and Sensibility. Walk and explore the 500-acre estate where you’ll find a remarkable range of different habitats, including saltmarshes, meadows, woodland and an estuary. Slightly further afield, but easily accessible if you take the eight minute trip on the Cremyll Ferry, lies Mount Edgcumbe House and Gardens. The country park covers over 865 acres, with beautiful picnic spots and great views looking back towards Plymouth.
We love spending time in Central Park. It’s a beautiful green, dog friendly space in our city with amazing views out towards Plymouth Sound, across to Jennycliff and over to Mount Edgcumbe. It’s a wonderful place to visit all year round.” Claire Doyle Founder of Doggy Devon doggydevon.co.uk 17
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park Mount Edgcumbe Country Park covers over 865 acres and 17.9 km of coastline and was the earliest landscaped park in Cornwall.
Incorporating part of the South West Coastal Footpath, Mount Edgcumbe is the ideal destination to enjoy this beautiful part of Cornwall. Exciting opportunities for all including off road trail biking, segway adventure, circus skills, frisbee golf. All set against the backdrop of the most beautiful Grade I listed landscape
Explore the shops, workshops and galleries in the Barrow Centre
“Making memories that last a lifetime” Mount Edgcumbe House • Cremyll • Torpoint • Cornwall Telephone 01752 822236 www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk Jointly owned and managed by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council
Arts and Culture Plymouth is the capital for culture within the South West. Immerse yourself in something new – be dazzled, intrigued and even challenged by what’s on offer.
Plymouth’s Theatre Royal, the UK’s largest and best attended regional theatre, has three auditoria showcasing a huge variety of performances – everything from musicals and ballet to Shakespeare and experimental theatre. For a more intimate experience, head to the Barbican Theatre to relax listening to chilled out jazz and soul music in the bar or laugh yourself silly at one of their comedy nights. If gigs are more your thing then Plymouth Pavilions offers a wide range of music and comedy performances throughout the year.
Tucked away on the Barbican you’ll also find Plymouth Arts Centre – a haven for ‘Culture Vultures’ with its cosy cinema and everchanging programme of art exhibitions. Plymouth is no stranger to the arts with celebrated artists associated with the city including Royal Academy founder Sir Joshua Reynolds, Beryl Cook and Robert Lenkiewicz. Today the art scene is as dynamic as ever with Ocean Studios at Royal William Yard, Plymouth University’s Peninsula Arts and a wide range of independent artists and galleries showcasing work from artists and craftspeople from across the region. Work in Plymouth is currently ongoing to create The Box, a contemporary ‘museum for the future’, which will open in 2020. In the meantime, the museum’s collections are going on tour to different venues around Plymouth. Check their website to see what treasures are on show and where to find them: plymhearts.org. 21
New Art and New Ideas 28 September – 21 October 2018
The Atlantic Project is a pilot for a new international festival of contemporary art, taking place in public contexts and outdoor locations across Plymouth, from 28 September 2018. Participating artists include Ursula Biemann, Liu Chuang, Nilbar Güreş, Ryoji Ikeda, Melanie Jackson, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Marie Lund, Wang Shang, Carl Slater, Hito Steyerl, Tommy Støckel and SUPERFLEX, amongst others (a full list of participants will be announced in May 2018).
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Experience our events
Once you’ve been wowed at one of our many incredible events you’ll definitely be keen for more. Plymouth makes an amazing stage, whether it’s to celebrate our military roots at Armed Forces Day, or for the spectacular pyrotechnics on display at the British Firework Championships. Experience something new and see the city like never before…
What’s On May 5 – 3 June Plymouth History Festival 12 – 13 Pirate Weekend Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon 20 Lord Mayor’s Day 26
June 1 – 3 30
Flavour Fest Armed Forces Day
Ocean City Sounds
August 8 – 9 10 – 12
15 – 16 Seafood Festival 28 – 30 Plymouth Art Weekender 28 – 21 Oct The Atlantic Project
July 26 – 27
British Firework Championships Ocean City Blues n Jazz Festival
November 5 11 15 22 25
Bonfire Night Remembrance Sunday Christmas Lights Switch On (City Centre) Illuminate Christmas Lights Switch On (Barbican)
See visitplymouth.co.uk for more information about all our upcoming events.
Royal William Yard Plymouth
Eat & drink Bistrot Pierre / Column Bakehouse / Las Iguanas / Le Vignoble Prezzo / Seco Lounge / Wagamama / Wildwood Shop Column Deli / Identity Fashion / Le Vignoble / Mark Fielding Gallery Martin Bush Studio / Nikki Taylor Sculpture / Wildwood Deli / YOKE Salon Visit Enjoy events including regular Good Food Market, family days out, art exhibitions, history tours, open air cinema and live music. Yard fitness sessions, stand up paddle boarding and sailing trips. Arrive by car, bike, bus, foot or ferry. Stay in unique Georgian hotel rooms or apartments.
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To stay up to date on events and new developments at the Yard please visit our website. royalwilliamyard.com
Shopping Lovers of retail therapy will find everything they need in Plymouth, from big brand names to small boutiques. Treat yourself to a piece of original artwork, browse the latest fashions or pick up a souvenir to remember your trip to Britainâ€™s Ocean City.
For top brand names, head to Drake Circus Shopping Centre. This modern mall has over 70 well-known shops and restaurants conveniently gathered under one roof, as well as onsite parking, making it easily accessible for everyone.
You’ll also find an amazing selection of quirky independent shops and boutiques on Plymouth’s Barbican, with plenty to delight art lovers. The antique shops are a great way to while away an hour or two, browsing the impressive collection of wonders amassed there.
The West End of the city centre is home to independent retailers and the 150-stall indoor Plymouth City Market, with stallholders selling everything from fresh food and flowers, to collectable items and handmade jewellery. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the food stalls while you’re there, which offer a huge variety of tempting treats including sourdough pizza and freshly cooked Asian dishes.
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Take a wander through the city centre, Barbican or Royal William Yard and you’ll be greeted with a huge variety of restaurants, cafes and pubs – the choice is yours. Whatever cuisine you fancy and however big your budget, Britain’s Ocean City will satisfy your appetite.
Having opened in Plymouth, I’m incredibly excited to spend more time in the region, and to watch this new restaurant unfold. The top floor of the Crowne Plaza comes with the best views in Plymouth, so it deserves the best restaurant too.” Marco Pierre White Chef and owner of Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill, Plymouth
Given Plymouth’s enviable waterfront location, you won’t be surprised to find plenty of delicious fresh fish on offer. While you’re here, indulge in one of life’s simple pleasures and tuck into fish and chips (best topped with lots of salt and vinegar!) on the seafront, listening to the sounds of the ocean. If you’re looking for a hands on experience you can even go out to sea to catch your own fish with Plymouth Boat Trips; take it home to cook or head to The Boathouse Café where they’ll ‘Cook Your Catch’! Treat yourself to a fine dining experience at one of our many award-winning restaurants, including Rock Salt Café & Brasserie and The Greedy Goose, both which boast two AA Rosettes*. Plymouth is also lucky to have welcomed a number of celebrity chefs to the city. For delicious seafood, head to Mitch Tonks’ Rockfish in Sutton Harbour or sample the best of West Country produce at the Tanner brothers’ Barbican Kitchen. If it’s a view you’re after, then try Marco Pierre White’s Steakhouse Bar and Grill situated at the top of the Crowne Plaza, or enjoy ‘Tea at the Top’ of the Duke of Cornwall Hotel – dine in style with panoramic views of Plymouth Sound. *Correct as of January 2018 35
D EVO N P O RT DEVONPORT GUILDHALL & COLUMN Fast becoming Plymouth’s heritage destination, Devonport boasts the city’s finest collection of Regency architecture including Foulston’s Devonport Guildhall and Devonport Column. Explore the area’s fascinating history for free, using our interactive audio tour. Devonport Column offers panoramic views of Plymouth’s landscape – stretching towards Dartmoor and across the sea. The spiral staircase awaits you – just 137 steps to go…
COLUMN BA KE HOUSE Visit Plymouth’s award-winning artisan bakery - Column Bakehouse - at Devonport Guildhall. Pick up a freshly baked loaf, stay a little longer and enjoy a tasty, wholesome lunch, or a delicious coffee and a piece of cake.
Devonport Guildhall and Column Ker St, Plymouth PL1 4EL | 01752 395028
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Coffee, cake and creativity Visit Ocean Studios - a vibrant, creative space at the heart of Royal William Yard - and enjoy a tasty, wholesome lunch, or a delicious coffee and a piece of cake, surrounded by the work of local artists and makers. Try your hand at printmaking, ceramics, photography, jewellery making, and more by joining one of our workshops or browse our studio shop to take home an authentic souvenir from the city.
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After dark, Plymouth comes alive with its buzzing nightlife scene. Thereâ€™s something for everyone, with cosy, romantic, date-night spots, pubs with incredible sea views and clubs where you can dance the night away.
The historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour is home to lots of pubs and bars, where you can enjoy a drink with a view. At the weekend you’ll often find live music playing, so sit back and enjoy the sights and sounds of Britain’s Ocean City. For a romantic date night, why not go wine tasting at Le Vignoble in Royal William Yard, or head to Tigermilk, an underground 1920’s speakeasy inspired cocktail bar with just a small plaque to alert you to its presence – find it tucked under the Duke of Cornwall Hotel. If it’s a night on the tiles you’re after, head to Plymouth’s city centre for big name clubs. Here you’ll find clubbers’ favourites including Popworld, Revolution and Walkabout!
You won’t be surprised to learn that the best way to appreciate Britain’s Ocean City is from the water. We’re perfectly situated for water sports and whether you’re an experienced seafarer or haven’t quite found your sea legs yet, there’s a chance for everyone to get active in Plymouth.
The Mount Batten Centre gives the opportunity to try new activities, including windsurfing, dinghy sailing and kayaking. There’s nothing as lovely as being out on the water on a sunny day with a gentle sea breeze – but don’t take our word for it, try it out yourself! In the Royal William Yard you’ll find paddle boarding specialists, South West SUP. If you’re a complete newbie, learn during a two-hour or half day session, or equipment hire is available for seasoned pros. Plymouth is also a treasure trove for divers, with more wrecks per mile of coastline than anywhere else in the country and the Eddystone Reef, which is said to be one of the best diving sites in the south of England.
If you’re not tempted by the beauty of the open water, there’s still plenty of opportunities to get active on your trip to Plymouth. Head to Plymouth Ski Centre for a snowy experience all year round and try skiing, snowboarding or tobogganing on one of their three slopes, or visit Tinside Lido, our art deco saltwater swimming pool, which opens between May – September each year.
You can’t beat being up before the dawn to watch the sun rise over Plymouth Sound. If I plan it right, I can be back home with a freshly caught mackerel for breakfast. Try it once and you’ll be hooked!” Pete Bromley Harbour Master of Sutton Harbour, based at Plymouth Fisheries
Plymouth is a spectacular base for sailing, with one of the worldâ€™s deepest natural harbours. With the second highest number of Gold Anchor marinas in the UK, located just minutes away from top visitor attractions and entertainment, itâ€™s a fantastic place to berth.
Marinas Sutton Harbour Marina Located right in the heart of the city, with the Barbican on your doorstep. Tel: 01752 204702 (Out of hours no. 01752 204732) King Point Marina Just 15 mins walk from the city centre Tel: 01752 424 297 Queen Anneâ€™s Battery Marina A short walk to the Barbican and 15 mins to the city centre Tel: 01752 671142 Plymouth Yacht Haven Marina Just minutes from the open water of Plymouth Sound. Take the water taxi across to the Barbican. Tel: 01752 404231 Mayflower Marina A short walk to Royal William Yard Tel: 01752 556633
Mount Batten Watersports and Activities Centre Dinghy sailing, canoeing and paddle boarding Tel: 01752 404567 Royal William Yard A small number of visitor berths available Tel: 01752 600533 Public Slipways Offering free access for launching and landing small boats. Commercial Wharf Slipway (Mayflower Sailing Club and Barbican Landing Stage) 15 mins. Walk to city centre Mutton Cove Slipway Bus ride to city centre. Richmond Walk Slipway Behind Mayflower Marina Bus ride to city centre.
Britainâ€™s Ocean City sits in an enviable spot, surrounded by incredible natural beauty. To the north lies the rugged, wild expanse of Dartmoor, to the east is the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and to the west, Cornwall with all its charms. This makes Plymouth the perfect base from which to enjoy and explore the West Country.
Dartmoor National Park is just a few miles from Plymouth’s city centre and it’s guaranteed to take your breath away. The same size as London but with more sheep than people, there’s so much to see! Look out for Dartmoor ponies and climb a tor – your efforts will be rewarded with views of heather-covered moorland that seem to go on forever. There are plenty of attractions to explore nearby too. Why not visit Buckland Abbey, the former home of one of Plymouth’s most famous faces, Sir Francis Drake? Or re-enact some of your favourite scenes from Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland at Antony House, just a short hop over the border into Cornwall. If it’s coastline you’re after, then you’re spoilt for choice, with plenty of beautiful, safe and clean beaches just a short distance away. Head to nearby Bovisand and Wembury, or discover the old Cornish smuggling haunts of Kingsand and Cawsand – you can even travel the pirates’ way - by water - with a ferry from the Barbican! 45
One of the best ways to experience Plymouth and appreciate the natural beauty that surrounds it is to simply go for a walk. There are plenty of easy-to-follow routes that are perfect for a short stroll or a longer hike, depending on your mood. Enjoy the fresh sea air on the nine miles of scenic South West Coast Path which wind across Plymouth, from Stonehouse to Jennycliff in Plymstock. Plymouth’s Waterfront Walkway follows this path, and offers a number of short walking routes that give you the opportunity to explore the city’s history and enjoy some incredible views. The Plym Valley Trail, which runs through Plymbridge Woods, is another great place to head for a gentle walk or cycle. See if you can spot the peregrine falcons that live there! Drake’s Trail, a 21 mile cycling and walking route, links Plymouth with market town Tavistock. Along the route you’ll find iconic features including Gem Bridge, which sits 24m above the valley floor and has incredible views over the surrounding countryside. Find more information about Plymouth’s walking and cycling routes at visitplymouth.co.uk or visit the Tourist Information Centre on The Barbican.
My favourite walk is along the coastal path at Wembury. The scenery is stunning, and it is a place where you can really see the seasons change. It is a wonderful place to switch off and enjoy what’s around you. But take wellies in the winter!” Chris Tanner Chef and Co-Owner of Plymouth brasserie, Barbican Kitchen 47
Duke of Cornwall HISTORY MEETS LUXURY IN THE HEART OF PLYMOUTH
This iconic hotel is brimming with Victorian gothic character. Since being built as the city’s first luxury hotel in 1863, the Duke has welcomed the likes of Ernest Shackleton and Charlie Chaplin through its grand entrance – and the charms of this elegantly refurbished hotel can still be enjoyed today. STAY The Duke has 72 individually styled bedrooms, each with vintage furnishings and gorgeous architectural features. Ranging from cosy singles to romantic luxury four-poster rooms, our accommodation offers something for everyone.
DINE With two AA rosettes, the Duke’s restaurant is one of the places to dine in the city. Savour delicious and beautifully presented dishes in our stunning chandelier-dominated restaurant. Or enjoy a light lunch and a drink in our cosy, wood-panelled lounge.
EXPLORE The hotel is a short walk from the famous Plymouth Hoe, with its magnificent view over the Sound, and the city centre shops, Barbican and Royal William Yard are nearby. Plus, we’re close to the Theatre Royal and Plymouth Pavilions, making the Duke ideal for staying over if you’re catching a show. So while in Plymouth, why not stay at the Duke – and discover the pleasures that lie within and beyond the walls of this remarkable hotel.
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Experience even more of Britain’s Ocean City and stay for more than just the day. Whether you’re stopping for one night or seven, there’s a brilliant range of accommodation to suit every lifestyle.
Sandwiched between coast and country, Plymouth’s enviable location means that you can choose between sea views, countryside quiet, or a stay in the heart of the city. Relax in luxury at a country house hotel, enjoy the cosy comfort of a family run B&B or go for the freedom of a self-catered apartment. To see all the accommodation on offer, please visit www.visitplymouth.co.uk/accommodation 49
For further information or to make a booking go to visitplymouth.co.uk
Plymouth Accommodation Hotels - Central Copthorne Duke of Cornwall Grosvenor Hotel Holiday Inn Invicta Hotel Jurys Inn New Continental
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Hotels - Surrounding Area Boringdon Hall Bovey Castle Elfordleigh Glazebrook House Kitley House Langdon Court Moorland Garden China Fleet Club
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Lodge Style Hotels Premier Inn Premier Inn Premier Inn East
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Guest Houses - Central Admiral Macbride Ashgrove Barbican Reach Belmont Bowling Green Caledonia
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Caraneal Casa Mia Cassandra Chester House Citadel House Cotehele Villas Crescent House The Crescent The Drake The Edgcumbe The Firs Four Seasons The George The Imperial Island Lodge Jewells Kynance House Lamplighter Lockyer House Mariners Mayflower Moorings Number One Old Pier Poppys Rainbow Lodge Rusty Anchor Sea Breezes Seymour Squires St Malo Tudor House Westwinds
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Other Accommodation Mount Batten Water Sports & Activity Centre
Tel 01752 404567
Guest Houses - Surrounding Area Pentillie Castle Raleighâ€™s Style
Tel 01579 350044 Tel 01752 492232
Self Catering - Central Hoe Lodge Hoeside Apartments Maritime Living Plymouth Self Catering Apartments Stay at the Royal William Yard Strathmore House
Tel 01752 863702 Tel 01752 823994 Tel 01752 664898 Tel 01752 417728 stayatroyalwilliamyard.co.uk Tel 01752 276797
Self Catering - Surrounding Area Blue Chip Holidays (agency) Bovisand Lodge Estate Carswell Cottages Churchwood Valley Holiday Cottages (agency) Mount Edgcumbe Estate â€“ Cottages and Glamping The Bolthole Traine Farm
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Holiday Parks Bovisand Beachside Holiday Park
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M E E T. E AT. STAY Crowne Plaza Plymouth is the perfect location for both business and leisure. Located on the impressive Plymouth Hoe we can be easily reached from Plymouth railway station and are just a few minutesâ€™ walk away from the city centre and the picturesque Barbican.
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Plan your visit on visitplymouth.co.uk our user friendly website makes it so easy to book your trip to Plymouth. • Find out what events are going on • How to get here and where to stay • Great visitor attractions • Spoilt for choice for places to eat • Explore the coast and countryside WhatsOnPlymouth WhatsOnPlymouth VisitPlymouth
Plymouth How to get to
As a fantastic base for exploring Devon, Cornwall and the wider West Country Plymouth is accessible by sea, air and land â€“ whether youâ€™re travelling by train, coach, car or bike!
Most driving routes will bring you via the M5, which leads onto the A38, taking you directly to Plymouth. Drive time from London is around four hours, or around two and a half hours from Cardiff.
Plymouth is only 50 minutes from Exeter airport, 1 hour 15 minutes from Newquay Cornwall airport and 2 hours from Bristol airport. All three offer domestic and international flights.
From Cornwall, take either the A38 over the Tamar Bridge or the A374 via the Torpoint ferry â€“ both have a one-way toll of ÂŁ1.50.
Rail Travelling by rail is an easy way to get to Plymouth, and the city is well-connected to other major cities in the UK. Trains from London Paddington can take as little as three hours, and trains from Birmingham New Street just three and a half. nationalrail.co.uk
Coach For passengers travelling within the South West, the Stagecoach Falcon service connects Plymouth with Exeter, Taunton, Bristol and Bristol Airport. swfalcon.com
The ferry port provides direct links to Roscoff, France and Santander, Spain. Brittany-ferries.com
Walking Plymouth is on the South West Coast Path, so why not make a stop-off and explore the city as part of your hike. southwestcoastpath.org.uk
Bike You can cycle to Plymouth on a number of National Cycle Routes. sustrans.org.uk
National Express coach services stop in Plymouth City Centre. Coaches from London Victoria take around five hours. Megabus coaches also stop in the city, offering a budget travel alternative. nationalexpress.com megabus.com 59
Plymouth Getting around
Plymouth is a city that’s easy to navigate once you’re here, whether you’re travelling by car, on foot or using our award-winning public transport network.
Bus Stagecoach operates three Park & Ride services operating in the city, saving you the hassle of parking. These are based at Coypool, Milehouse and The George and run up to every 10 minutes, Monday to Saturday. Fares are from £1.90 return.
Skipper Ticket The Skipper ticket gives you the freedom to catch any bus, anywhere, any time! Hop on and off any bus operator’s service for the whole day. Valid throughout the whole of Plymouth and in surrounding areas including Torpoint, Saltash, Roborough, Langage, Ivybridge and Wembury. Find out about all Plymouth’s bus services: plymouth.gov.uk/parkingandtravel/ publictransport
Waterlinks The yellow water taxi from Mount Batten is a direct route straight into the Barbican. If you are travelling from Cornwall, the Cremyll Ferry is quick and direct into Stonehouse. More info: plymouth.gov.uk/parkingandtravel/ publictransport/ferries Plymouth Boat Trips run a number of ferry services: between the Barbican, Royal William Yard and Mount Edgecumbe; between the Barbican and Cawsand in Cornwall; and the Cremyll ferry More info: plymouthboattrips.co.uk/ferries/
Car There are 20 car parks in and around Plymouth City Centre and the Barbican, providing thousands of parking spaces for visitors. More info: plymouth.gov.uk/parking
Bike Explore the city by bike! Plymouth lies on several National Cycle Network routes, including the Devon Coast to Coast ride. Bicycles are available to hire from Rockets & Rascals on the Barbican, or Plymouth Cycle Hire at Coypool. More info: visitplymouth.co.uk/ visitor-information/bike-hire
Land Train The Land Train connects the city centre with the waterfront, stopping at The Guildhall on Royal Parade, West Hoe Park and The Mayflower Steps.More info: plymouthlandtrains.co.uk 61
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The Hoe and Seafront Millbay
Royal William Yard/ Mayflower Marina
Parks & recreational areas
University Campus Pedestrianised area Tourist information City transport hub
Local bus interchange Bus to city centre
Main taxi ranks (24 hours) Public/disabled toilets
To Life Centre
100 /101 100 /101
Planned History Centre
Plymouth Coach Station
Visitor coach drop off and pick up point
100 /101 200 200
Beatlebums Visitor coach drop off and pick up point
Master map 37 120218
South West Coast Path
Harbour Heritage Trail
Royal Navy War Memorial Plymouth Hoe
Map/information points Smeatonâ€™s Tower Charles Cross Police Station
Post Office 200
Coypool Pa rk and Ride 100 /101
George Park and Ride
Spring 2018 Plymouth History Festival 5 May to 3 June Various locations
12 to 13 May The Barbican, Sutton Harbour & West Hoe Park
Lord Mayor’s Day
26 May City Centre
1 to 3 June City Centre
Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon 20 May Plymouth Hoe
Armed Forces Day 30 June Plymouth Hoe
Credits: Cover Photo: Jason Kiely / One Plymouth Design and Artwork: symonjames.co.uk Other photo credits â€“ One Plymouth, Mount Batten Centre, Royal William Yard
Welcome to the official Plymouth Visitor Guide for 2018