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Welcome to Britain’s Ocean City

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. There’s something for every traveller to experience in this historic city, however long you have to stay around. There’s everything you’d expect to find in a cool, cultural city here, with great shopping, arts and entertainment. But there’s also hundreds of years of history to uncover, from Sir Francis Drake and the Spanish Armada to the Mayflower sailing in 1620, to a city rebuilt following the Blitz during World War II. Rain or shine, Britain’s Ocean City is home to breath-taking views, plenty to see and do and lots of fresh, sea air. Explore the waterfront, shop ‘til you drop or experience world-class events. There’s nowhere quite like it – let us show you around.

While every care has been taken in the accuracy of producing this guide, the publisher is not liable for any errors or omissions which may occur. All information is correct at time of going to print, February 2019.

HIGHLIGHTS

04 A Visit to Remember - 48hrs in Plymouth 07 Experience our Events WATERFRONT

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Discover the Waterfront Unmissable Waterfront Culture Food & Drink Shopping

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Highlights Unmissable City Centre Culture Food & Drink Shopping

DAYS OUT

28 Family Friendly Intinerary 31 Rainy Day Itinerary 32 Sports and Games OUT & ABOUT

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History and Heritage Parks and Gardens On the Water Step Ashore Stretch Your Legs

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50 Music and Nightlife 52 Mayflower400 54 Explore Further Afield UNWIND

57 Accomodation TRAVEL

62 Getting around Plymouth 64 How to get to Plymouth


HIGHLIGHTS

A visit to remembeR TH 48 HOURS IN PLYMOU

Day 1

Start your visit with some retail therapy – with big name brands and high street favourites as well as a vibrant indoor market, fantastic independent shops, art galleries and antiques stores Plymouth is the region’s capital for shopping. Visit Drake Circus to get your shopping started before taking a wander into the City Centre. Grab lunch at Plymouth Market, home to some wonderful food from hand-made sourdough pizzas to some of the best Asian cuisine you’ll find in the city.

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Royal William Yard Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk

In the afternoon, wander the historic cobbled streets of the Barbican and walk in the footsteps of adventurers of the past, including Sir Francis Drake, Charles Darwin and the Mayflower Pilgrims who left Plymouth in 1620. No visit to Plymouth is complete without a trip on the water, hop on the ferry from the Barbican and make your way round to Royal William Yard, the former naval victualling yard that is now home to a range of restaurants, shops and art galleries, the perfect spot for a glass of wine and dinner before taking in a show at Theatre Royal Plymouth, Plymouth Pavilions or Barbican Theatre.


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Day 2 Enjoy some fresh air on your second day, out on the water. Spend your morning enjoying a cruise of the Sound with Plymouth Boat Trips, see the historic Naval dockyards or take a trip over to the idyllic Cawsand and Kingsand. If being active on the water is more your thing, head over to the Mount Batten Centre and take part in some on the water fun. Eat lunch at Rockfish, enjoy some spectacular seafood by famous seafood chef Mitch Tonks. Spend the afternoon at the National Marine Aquarium, discover the wildlife that lives in the waters surrounding Plymouth and learn more about the marine environment. For dinner, book yourself in to the Barbican Kitchen, owned by the Tanner brothers and based at the historic Plymouth Gin Distillery. After your meal, enjoy a cocktail in the distillery Refectory Bar, rumoured to be the place where the Pilgrims spent their last night before sailing to America on the Mayflower.

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Tinside Lido Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk

Day 3 Start your final day with a walk along the South West Coast Path, which encompasses a stretch of stunning Plymouth waterfront. Take a dip in Plymouth’s famous art deco salt water swimming pool Tinside Lido and work up an appetite for lunch. With plenty of cafes and restaurants along the Hoe foreshore you’ll be spoilt for choice with somewhere to refuel with a beautiful sea view. Before you head home take some time on Plymouth Hoe, home to one of the finest views in the world (well we think so anyway). Get your selfie at the top of Smeaton’s Tower and take a walk along the Hoe Promenade, with views of the Sound on one side, and the Naval War Memorial on the other. Don’t forget to find the ‘Beatle Bums’ set into the grass on the Hoe to recreate your own version of the famous four’s postcard worthy photo.


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experience our events ED BE AMAZED BE WOW Plymouth is renowned for its spectacular event schedule. Come for the South West’s largest food festival, watch unforgettable fireworks or listen to incredible live music. Whatever you’re into, there’s something in Plymouth for you to enjoy.

May

4-31 Plymouth History Festival 11-12 Pirates Weekend Plymouth 19 Britain’s Ocean City Half Marathon 25 Lord Mayor's Day 31-2 June Flavour Fest

JUNE

5-8 MTV Music Week 29 Armed Forces Day

JULY

6 Plymouth Summer Circus 8-15 Sept Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth

SEPTEMBER

14-15 Plymouth Seafood Festival

OCTOBER

6 Plymouth 5K and 10K

NOVEMBER

5 Bonfire Night 14 City Centre Christmas Lights Switch On 14 Nov - 6 Jan Penguins: A LEGO brick trail 24 Barbican Christmas Lights Switch On 28-1 Dec Illuminate 28 Nov-19 Dec City Centre Christmas Market

AUGUST

6-8 Rolex Fastnet Race 9-11 Ocean City Blues ‘n’ Jazz Festival 10 Plymouth Pride 14-15 British Firework Championships

Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk

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Waterfront As Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth’s impressive waterfront is completely unmissable. With quaint, historic spots, delicious food and drink and beautiful natural spaces to enjoy, there’s plenty to explore.

Historic harbour

Here you’ll find Plymouth’s historic heart by the ocean. From the cobbled streets of the Barbican to the broad expanse of Plymouth Hoe, to Drake’s Island and the grandeur of Royal William Yard, discover a city steeped in history. You can follow in the footsteps of Sir Francis Drake and the Mayflower Pilgrims, or set off on a trail of artistic discovery as you admire the landscape and people that have inspired artists including Robert Lenkiewicz, Beryl Cook and Brian Pollard.

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The Barbican Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk


WATERFRONT

Get active

If you’re not content to sit back and admire the ocean views, then dive right in. There’s a huge range of water sports available to try, from paddle boarding to sailing, kayaking and even scuba diving. If you’re in pursuit of a more relaxed day out, the city’s open air, salt water swimming pool, Tinside Lido, is open during the summer for swimmers and sun worshippers.

DINING DELIGHTS

Did you know Plymouth’s home to the country’s second largest fish market? You won’t be surprised to learn that this makes the city one of the best places to indulge in fresh fish and seafood, with many restaurants buying their produce locally. Whether you’re looking for gourmet lobster or fish and chips, you’ll find it here. The waterfront is also a great place to visit for those holiday treats – a pasty, traditional cream tea (cream first, naturally), locally made ice cream or a cool, refreshing glass of Devonshire cider.

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Waterfront

When you’re exploring our incredible waterfront, make sure you don’t miss out on our favourite haunts.

Barbican & Sutton Harbour

Don’t miss Plymouth’s historic harbour. Here you’ll find the highest concentration of cobbled streets in England, lined with cosy cafes, buzzing pubs and stunning shops and galleries. Make sure you enjoy a seaside treat of fish and chips or ice cream by the sea.

National Marine Aquarium

The largest public aquarium in the UK and home to over 4,000 animals, you’ll be delighted and amazed by the sea life living here! Come face to face with sharks, sting rays, jellyfish, Neptune the octopus and Friday the green turtle amongst thousands of others, and learn more about the deep blue. national-aquarium.co.uk

Royal William Yard

A former Royal Navy victualling yard, this stunning collection of Grade II listed buildings has been transformed into one of Plymouth’s coolest spots, with a real contemporary vibe. Soak up the vibrant café culture, tuck into lunch at one of the great restaurants or take a stroll by the sea, climbing the staircase that links the Yard to the South West Coast Path. royalwilliamyard.com

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Plymouth Hoe Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk

Plymouth Hoe

A breath-taking panorama, no trip to Plymouth is complete without a visit to the Hoe. With unbeatable views across Plymouth Sound, it’s the perfect place to spend a sunny day, enjoying a picnic on the grass or taking a dip in the art deco Tinside Lido.

Plymouth Gin

The home of Plymouth’s most famous export, Black Friars Distillery is the oldest working gin distillery in England. Make sure you pop in for a tour, where you can even make your own gin and stop by the shop to pick up a souvenir. plymouthgin.com


#yardlife

Royal William Yard Plymouth @RoyalWilliamYd @RoyalWilliamYd @RoyalWilliamYd

Eat & drink Bistrot Pierre / Column Bakehouse / Las Iguanas / Le Vignoble Prezzo / Seco Lounge / Wagamama / Wildwood Shop Identity Fashion / Le Vignoble / Ocean Studios Martin Bush Gallery / YOKE Salon Relax & play 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 Stay in unique Georgian Rooms by Bistrot Pierre or spacious apartments. Keep up to date on events and new developments at the Yard by visiting our website or social media channels. royalwilliamyard.com

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FASCINATING WATERFRONT

Culture

Plymouth’s beautiful waterfront has inspired many artists, from Robert Lenkiewicz to Beryl Cook. Take a walk in their footsteps and explore the vibrant cultural offering, from contemporary theatre to tiny galleries.

Barbican Theatre

Tucked away on the historic Barbican, this intimate 140-seat theatre offers a diverse programme, including hilarious comedy nights and live music. The B-Bar sells drinks and delicious, freshly-cooked Thai food and hosts its own programme of entertainment. barbicantheatre.co.uk

Ocean Studios

The creative heart of Plymouth, Ocean Studios is home to artist studios, events and workshop space, as well as the award winning artisan bakery Column Bakehouse. oceanstudios.org.uk

Plymouth Pavilions

Enjoy an amazing line-up of musicians, comedians and arena shows at the Pavilions. The 2019 line-up includes everything from Professor Brian Cox to The Vamps, Billy Ocean to Eddie Izzard. plymouthpavilions.com

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Plymouth Arts Centre Open Air Cinema Programme

The Open Air Cinema programme transforms stunning waterfront settings, including Tinside Lido, Mount Edgcumbe and Royal William Yard into an outdoor cinema with a mix of blockbusters, cult classics and good old sing-alongs. Dates and films will be announced early summer 2019. plymouthartscentre.org/whats-on/open-aircinema-2019

4ORTY5IVE Southside

This gallery showcases beautiful crafts from South West creators, with a range of ceramics, glass, metalwork and wood on offer. Throughout the year they run temporary exhibitions, showcasing established artists alongside emerging talent. 45southside.co.uk See more at visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on


D E L IC I O U S WATERFRONT

Food & Drink

The freshest seafood, great views, delightfully cosy cafes and plenty of pubs, there’s plenty of dining delights just waiting to be discovered along the waterfront.

Jacka Bakery

A historic family bakery serving up top quality artisan bread and delicious coffee, it’s a great place to stop for breakfast or lunch while exploring the Barbican.

Supha’s Street Food Emporium

Head to Sutton Harbour to enjoy the freshest food with flavours from Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia and more. Pick your own fish from the counter and see how your delicious dinner is created in the open kitchen.

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Kuku

Serving up contemporary Japanese cuisine, Kuku is a great place to enjoy fresh local ingredients in a different way. Grab a seat at the sushi-bar and watch the chefs craft masterpieces before your eyes.


WATERFRONT

The Boathouse Cafe

You can’t get much closer to the water than this! Tucked in the fisherman’s arches near the Mayflower Steps, pick from the cafes classic menu featuring sustainably caught fish and shellfish and locally-sourced, seasonal produce.

Rockfish

Mitch Tonks’ Plymouth restaurant has beautiful harbour views and serves up delicious fresh fish dishes, from traditional fish and chips to fritto misto, prawn tacos and Jersey Rock oysters. They also offer a local fish menu, which changes daily depending on the catch of the day.

The Dock

Enjoy the stunning vistas from King Point Marina at this award winning café which boasts floor to ceiling windows. It’s a great place to indulge in an informal breakfast, lunch or dinner while you soak up the view.

Royal William Yard

The historic Yard is filled with affordable restaurants that all the family will enjoy, with Bistrot Pierre, Las Iguanas, Wagamama, Seco Lounge, Prezzo and Wildwood on offer.

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DELIGHTFUL WATERFRONT

Shopping Plymouth’s waterfront is a treasure trove of independent boutiques and art galleries, filled with treats for you, your home, your friends – or to eat! It’s a great place to browse and find something completely unique.

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In this cluster of old storehouses on the Barbican you’ll find one of the largest collections of antique traders in the South West. It’s as much a curios museum as it is a place to shop and a great place for a wander – who knows what you’ll find!

The House that Jack Built

This quirky Barbican arcade is a maze of delights, leading to a wonderland of water fountains, fairies and gnomes. It’s home to a real mix of retailers, selling handmade chocolates, bespoke lampshades, unusual gifts and more.

Southside Street

A wander along Southside Street is a treat for lovers of art and homewares. Pop into the many galleries lining the road, selling original paintings, stunning glass pieces and delicate ceramics.

Identity Fashion

You’ll find this independent clothing and lifestyle boutique in Royal William Yard, selling limited edition pieces, exclusive womenswear and handmade jewellery that you simply won’t find anywhere else. Pop in for a browse while you’re exploring the Yard.

Tourist Information Centre

Looking for a souvenir, or a gift to take home to friends and family? The Tourist Information Centre on the Barbican has a whole host of trinkets and treats to make sure you remember your visit to Plymouth!

Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk

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City Centre You'll find big name brands, great independents and amazing post-war architecture in the heart of Plymouth. The city centre is the home of the city’s shopping and the place to go if you’re looking for retail therapy, some great food and drink or a slice of cake and a coffee.

Shopping

Browse big name brands in Drake Circus where you’ll find the likes of M&S, Joules, White Stuff, Cath Kidston and more as well as popular brunch spot Bill’s and Yo! Sushi. On either side of Drake Circus you’ll find the pedestrianised city centre with high street stores alongside hundreds of great independents. Stroll down to Plymouth Market to find some amazing unique stalls and incredible artisan food and drink. Just outside of the city centre, Ebrington Street offers a quirky street of independent stores, with a social enterprise pub, the Bread and Roses and some great coffee shops.

Architecture and history

The city’s wide tree-lined pedestrianised boulevards are a product of proud postwar redevelopment. Be sure to look up above the shop fronts and facades to see the designs in Portland stone that inspired TV’s Kevin McCloud to declare Plymouth’s post war architecture ‘beautiful and heroic’. Charles Cross roundabout is home to the city’s living reminder of the Blitz that 18

reshaped the city, with the bombed out Charles Church sitting at its centre. The Minster Church of St Andrew, which has been the site of a church since the 15th century stands proudly in the city centre. Having been gutted by fire during World War II and refurbished in 1957, the fabric of the building still retains some of its original features along with modern stained glass windows and bells that were cast in the 16th century to celebrate Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the globe.

Eating and drinking

With a range of cafes and restaurants on the high street there’s plenty to choose from when it comes to fuelling your retail therapy. From the Caribbean flavours of Turtle Bay through to the traditional pasty at the Original Pasty House there’s plenty of food on offer and you’ll be spoilt for choice with places to stop for a coffee and slice of cake too!


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City Centre

If you’ve not got long to spend in our great little city by the sea, make sure to take time for some of our favourite city centre spots.

Theatre Royal Plymouth

Drake Circus

The west country’s most popular shopping centre, with over 70 of the UK’s top brand names and biggest stores in the region. Find all of your big name brands under one roof, with M&S, Next, Boots, Cath Kidston, Joules, Skinnydip London and Pandora to name a few! Easily accessible by public transport and by car, with a large car park and shop mobility. drakecircus.com

Plymouth Market

The 150 stall Plymouth Market in the West End, home to incredible independent stores, is the place to head for fresh locally caught fish, fruit and veg, independent stores and stalls and a vibrant food and drink scene. Stop for a bite to eat at one of the food stalls, pick up the ingredients for your dinner or shop for clothes, crafts or beautiful jewellery, it’s all on offer. plymouthmarket.co.uk

The largest and best attended regional producing theatre in the UK, Theatre Royal Plymouth has three performance spaces, The Lyric, The Drum and The Lab each offering different ways to watch and engage with theatre. Whether you’re looking for classic theatre, contemporary drama, touring West End shows or new and innovative work there’s plenty to see. theatreroyal.com

High Street

The wide city centre pedestrianised streets are home to a fantastic array of high street brands and much loved independent stores providing everything from home wares and food and drink to clothes, jewellery and electricals. Luxury independent jeweller Michael Spiers, which has its flagship store on Cornwall Street, is the place Sir Alan Sugar chooses to shop for his watches.

Drake Circus Leisure

Due to open at the end of 2019, this new complex includes a 12-screen Cineworld cinema with IMAX digital screen and 15 restaurants and bars.

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At the front of development, and right behind the big names. Leisure opening Autumn 2019

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Leaping through the year! ad Theatre Royal Theatre Royal Plymouth 2019 highlights There’s something for everyone as we continue to bring the very best shows to the South West, with lots more to come throughout the year!

For musical lovers:

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For dedicated dancers:

For all the family:

Hair Mon 22 - Sat 27 Apr

Calendar Girls Tue 23 Jul - Sat 03 Aug

BRB: Beauty & the Beast Wed 06 - Sat 09 Mar

Woodland Tales Mon 15 - Thu 18 Apr

Annie Mon 06 - Sat 11 May

Motown The Musical Tue 06 - Sat 17 Aug

Mark Morris: Pepperland Tue 16 & Wed 17 Apr

We’re Going on a Bear Hunt Thu 18 - Sat 20 Apr

Les Misérables Tue 11 Jun - Sat 6 Jul

The Bodyguard Wed 21 - Sat 31 Aug

Shen Yun Thu 02 - Sat 04 May

Cirque Berserk! Tue 14 - Sun 19 May

Kinky Boots Mon 08 - Sat 20 Jul

Buddy Mon 02 - Sat 07 Sep

Romeo & Juliet (Matthew Bourne) Tue 04 - Sat 08 Jun

Cinderella Pantomime Fri 20 Dec - Sat 18 Jan

Box OOce: 01752 267222 Book Online: theatreroyal.com


Image: Les Misérables

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Culture

Looking for something to tantalise your cultural taste buds? We’ve got a few suggestions for you…

Plymouth Arts Centre Cinema

Plymouth’s only independent cinema screens the best in independent British, American and World Cinema with a few old classics for good measure. The cinema, based at Plymouth College of Art’s main campus, is just a few minutes’ walk from the heart of the city. plymouthartscentre.org

The Bodyguard at Theatre Royal Plymouth

The international, award-winning smash-hit musical based on the blockbuster film, The Bodyguard is back. Following her triumphant West End run and sell-out UK Tour, Alexandra Burke returns to the role of Rachel Marron in Plymouth. See it at Theatre Royal Plymouth from Wednesday 21 to Saturday 31 August 2019.

The Arts Institute

The University of Plymouth’s public arts programme includes exhibitions, dance, films, music, performance and talks. The Arts Institute also hosts the Levinsky Gallery, the largest contemporary art gallery in the city, which is guaranteed to offer a thought provoking experience.

The Drum, Theatre RoyaL Plymouth

An alternative to the theatre’s large auditorium, The Lyric, and described by The Guardian as ‘a real powerhouse of innovative theatre and collaboration’, The Drum is an exciting space presenting new and existing productions. Check what’s on during your visit for an entirely different theatrical experience. theatreroyal.com

LES MISERABLES at Theatre Royal Plymouth

After nearly a decade since the last sell-out UK tour, Cameron Mackintosh’s acclaimed Broadway production of Boubil and Schönberg’s musical Les Misérables will play at Theatre Royal Plymouth from 11th June – 6th July. See more at visitplymouth.co.uk/whats-on

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S C RU M M Y CITY CENTRE

Food & Drink There’s a whole host of cuisines on offer in the city centre, with a melting pot of cultures meeting so whether you’re stopping for a bite to eat during a busy day shopping or want a special evening out, there’s something on the menu you’ll enjoy!

Plymouth Market

Plymouth Market is a haven for foodies, with an incredible range of cuisines to try. Whether it’s the fresh and punchy Asian flavours of At Kitchen, Taste of Thailand and Tea & Bun, sourdough pizza at Knead Pizza, American-style sliders and sides at Tilt or one of the traditional British cafes, there’s plenty to choose from.

Toot

This contemporary, independent restaurant specialises in authentic Persian food, with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options on offer. Enjoy hearty portions with kebabs, grills and traditional starters like falafel, hummus and tabbouleh on the menu.

Samphire Brasserie

On the edge of the city centre, Samphire Brasserie’s food is influenced by American cuisine, and everything is completely vegan! Tuck into plant-based burgers, pizza and ‘phish and chips’ – even meat eaters will be happy.

CHARLIE FRANKS

This 1920s speakeasy restaurant and lounge bar is the perfect place for a relaxed drink or intimate dinner for two. The menu caters for everyone too, with vegan, gluten-free and children’s options.

The Greedy Goose

Set in Plymouth’s oldest building, which dates back to 1487, The Greedy Goose has two AA rosettes and offers a magical dining experience, making it perfect for a romantic dinner or an extra special celebration. See more at visitplymouth.co.uk/food-and-drink

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THERE'S BAGS OF CITY CENTRE

Shopping

The flat, pedestrianised avenues of Plymouth city centre are a shopper’s paradise, with top brand names and unique independents all within a short distance of each other. Plus, there’s plenty of parking and brilliant food and drink offerings too.

Drake Circus

The West Country’s most popular shopping centre is home to over 70 of the UK’s top brand names and biggest stores in the region. Find big brands under one roof with M&S, Next, Boots and Jack Wills on offer alongside a range of food and drink outlets like Bill’s and Yo! Sushi, parking and shop mobility on site. The centre and lots of the shops are dog friendly too!

West End

The West End of the City Centre is home to many of Plymouth’s independent shops. With high end jewellers, independent clothing and gifts and some incredible restaurants make sure to take some time to explore all that the area has to offer.

High Street

The main high street, along New George Street and Cornwall Street, offers a little bit of everything from boutique independent treats to big high street brands and designer names. Pop into Flannels for some high end designer wear, head to one of the big department stores like Debenhams or House of Fraser for a browse and make a visit to Lawson’s, a Plymouth staple for over 100 years, for homewares and baking supplies. 26


Plymouth Market

The 150 stall Plymouth Market is a staple for unique and fresh produce. With fresh fruit and vegetables, a fish market, jewellery, fabric and a plethora of amazing independent stalls you’ll be spoilt for choice. Stop for a bite to eat whilst you’re there and enjoy anything from vegan tacos to incredible Asian food or the traditional English fry up!

Mayflower Street

At the North of the City Centre, Mayflower Street offers a range of independent stores including art supplies, fashion, fancy dress and great food and drink, as well as the Armada Centre home to well-known names like Laura Ashley, Sainsbury’s and Wilko. See more at visitplymouth.co.uk/shopping

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Family Friendly ITINERARY

Family members of all ages can enjoy a spending time together in Plymouth! We’ve suggested a great day out, so all you need to do is head out into the sunshine and make happy memories.

Morning Start the day with a hearty brunch at Seco Lounge or Column Bakehouse in Royal William Yard. After breakfast hop on board Plymouth Boat Trips for the quick journey over to Mount Edgcumbe House and Gardens. With hundreds of acres to explore, there’s plenty of space for walks or a paddle on the beach.

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Tinside Lido Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk

Older children and teens will want to get stuck in at Adventure Segway. Take on a Segway Skills assault course and venture out, gliding for miles on an instructor-led expedition across the park. For lunch, catch a boat back to the historic Barbican and indulge in some delicious fresh fish and chips for lunch. Why not treat yourself to a cream tea too, though be sure to do it cream first, the proper Devon way!


AFTERNOON Take a walk up to Plymouth Hoe, there’s plenty of space here for children to run around, fly kites and play games. If it’s a sunny day, go for a dip in Tinside Lido, an art deco, salt water swimming pool. Wander further along the waterfront and you’ll discover West Hoe Park where there’s lots to keep both big and small kids entertained! Play crazy golf, bounce on the trampolines, ride on the miniature train and explore the pirate themed Treasure Island Park. For dinner head back to the city centre to Bill’s for a relaxed meal that everyone will enjoy.

You might also like: Smeaton’s Tower, climb the steps up to the top of Smeaton’s Tower to see some incredible views across the Sound and imagine what life would be like living inside a lighthouse! Dartmoor Zoological Park, come face-toface with lions, tigers and monkeys ClayArt, unleash your creativity and paint your own pottery to create an extra special souvenir The Central Park Play Space, a newly refurbished park with spaces designed especially for toddlers and adventurous outdoor play for older children. Teens will love the nearby skate park too!

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RAINY DAY ITINERARY Being in the UK means there’s always the possibility of a rainy day, but luckily there’s so much to do under cover in Plymouth. So if you wake up and find that the sun is hiding, here’s some suggestions for how to spend a day – and stay dry!

Morning

AFTERNOON

Start your day with a visit to the National Marine Aquarium and take a journey through the world’s oceans – but with everything undercover, there’s no chance of you getting wet!

Get active in the afternoon. Choose whether you’d prefer ice-skating at Plymouth Pavilions Ice Rink, indoor climbing at Clip ‘n Climb or bouncing at Super Tramp, the city’s number 1 trampoline park. All undercover, they’re the perfect way to escape from the weather and try out a new activity.

After a few hours exploring, grab your umbrellas for the short walk back to the Barbican to explore the indoor Mayflower Museum, telling the story of the Pilgrims journey to the New World in 1620. Warm up with lunch in a cosy café on the historic Barbican. Try Chocaccino for a delicious hot chocolate or Monty’s for locally sourced, seasonal food.

Wind down with a relaxed dinner at one of the city centre restaurants like The Treasury, with its modern menu and well-stocked bar, or Charlie Franks which has a 1920s speakeasy vibe.

You might also like: The Climbing Hangar, a 13,000 square feet indoor bouldering wall, suitable for all ages and abilities Escape Rooms Plymouth, test out your brain power with friends or family as you solve puzzles and riddles Barbican Leisure Park, with Tenpin bowling and Vue cinema, there’s lots here to keep you entertained

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Football & Rugby

Plymouth’s League One team, Plymouth Argyle Football Club – also known as The Pilgrims – play matches at Home Park on the outskirts of the city. Perfect for a Saturday afternoon game, don’t forget your pasty! Rugby union fans should head to Brickfields to see Plymouth Albion R.F.C play their home games.

Basketball

Plymouth Raiders, the city’s basketball team, play in the British Basketball League (the sport’s UK premier league) at Plymouth Pavilions – enjoy the electric atmosphere at one of their home games during basketball season between October and May.

Climbing

Experienced and novice climbers alike can get started at The Climbing Hangar, a huge 13,000 square feet indoor bouldering wall, or Clip ‘n Climb Plymouth, which is home to 38 different climbing walls each with an individual set of challenges.

Running

Enjoy a leisurely Park Run at Plym Valley or Mount Edgcumbe every Saturday, or take on a challenge with the Britain’s Ocean City race series – sign up for a 5k, 10k or half marathon.

Cycling

Swimming and Diving

Plymouth is situated on two National Cycle Network routes and with Dartmoor National Park nearby, there’s lots for road cyclists and mountain bikers alike to explore and enjoy.

Water Sports

There’s a fantastic variety of golf courses within a half an hour drive from the centre of Plymouth. Head to Boringdon Park for their 18-hole golf course, or St Mellion in nearby Saltash in Cornwall which is home to two courses: The Nicklaus Course, designed by retired professional golfer Jack Nicklaus, and The Kernow Course, one of the UK’s top five 36-hole courses.

Dive into some swimming and diving action at Plymouth Life Centre (where Olympic Diver Tom Daley trained). The purpose built leisure centre often hosts national competitions like the British Diving Cup and British Masters Swimming competitions. As Britain’s Ocean City, Plymouth has a lot to offer when it comes to water sports (check out page 44 to find out more). Sailing fans won’t want to miss the finish of the Rolex Fastnet Race in the city this August.

Golf

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Mount Edgcumbe Country Park

“Making memories that last a lifetime”

Mount Edgcumbe Country Park covers over 865 acres and 17.9 km of coastline and is England’s largest Country Park

Exciting opportunities for all - off road trail biking, segway adventure, circus skills, frisbee golf. All set against the backdrop of the most beautiful Grade I listed landscape

Incorporating part of the South West Coastal Footpath, Mount Edgcumbe is the ideal destination to enjoy this beautiful part of Cornwall

Explore the shops, workshops and galleries in the Barrow Centre

Mount Edgcumbe House • Cremyll • Torpoint • Cornwall • Telephone 01752 822236 www.mountedgcumbe.gov.uk Jointly owned and managed by Cornwall Council and Plymouth City Council

DISCOVER THE STORY OF THE MAYFLOWER PILGRIMS AT THE MAYFLOWER MUSEUM Also home to Plymouth Tourist Information Centre, here to help you make the most of your visit to Plymouth The Mayflower Museum 3-5 The Barbican • Plymouth PL1 2LR • Tel 01752 306330


History & Heritage

Steeped in history, there’s a lot to delve into in Plymouth – 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.

Mayflower 400

In 2020, Plymouth will join the commemorations of 400 years since the Mayflower ship sailed from the UK to the US, in one of the world’s most significant voyages. Don’t miss the start of the year long programme, with light-based festival Illuminate, in November 2019. Find out more on page 52-53.

Mayflower Museum

Learn all about the Pilgrims journey, including the reasons they left and the challenges they faced at this family-friendly museum located above the Tourist Information Centre.

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OUT & ABOUT

Plymouth Hoe

Along the promenade you’ll find several war memorials, the largest being the Plymouth Naval Memorial, commemorating over 23,000 lives lost during the two world wars. If modern history is more your thing, look for the ‘Beatle Bums’ to recreate the photo taken of the band when they visited in the 60’s.

Smeaton’s Tower

The red and white stripes of this former lighthouse – once placed on Eddystone Rock – make it a classic Plymouth landmark. Climb to the top for unbeatable views and take time to enjoy the painstakingly restored interior on the way.

Devonport Guildhall

Discover the grand Main Hall, spooky cells and deadly secrets of this Grade I listed Regency building, just a short drive from the centre of Plymouth, with a free audio tour. Climb the 124ft column for magnificent panoramic views.

Royal Citadel

This dramatic 17th century fortress was built to defend the coastline and is still in use today. Pre-booked walking tours are available between May and September

Harbour Cruise

Take an hour-long boat trip with Plymouth Boat Trips to learn more about the city’s history, with informative live commentary about Drake's Island and the Royal Navy Dockyard. Catch one of the regular boats from the Barbican.

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PARKS & GARDENS A GREAT ESCAPE Did you know that more than a third of Plymouth is covered in green space? The city’s parks and nature reserves will provide you with a spot where you can relax and enjoy some breathing space.

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OUT & ABOUT

Elizabethan Gardens

Step back in time inside this tranquil oasis, nestled in the heart of the busy Barbican. Rest your legs on the stone benches and enjoy a picnic in this shady spot.

Mount Edgcumbe Country House and Gardens

Central Park

Take a short trip on the Cremyll Ferry to see this 865 acre country park, featuring unbeatable picnic spots and great views looking back towards Plymouth.

Saltram House

Relax on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe, with breath-taking views across Plymouth Sound, or stroll the promenade to explore the many historical monuments and memorials.

The largest park in Plymouth, it’s perfect for dog walkers and families, with wide open meadows to explore as well as a newly refurbished playground and skate park.

Explore this beautiful 500-acre National Trust owned estate, complete with a Georgian mansion, meadows, woodland and an estuary. It’s a great place for dog walks or bird watching.

Plymouth Hoe

The Elizabethan Gardens Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk

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Get out on the water just have fun 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.


OUT & ABOUT

Mount Batten Centre

The centre provides a huge range of adventurous activities, with everything from half-day sessions to week long courses on offer. Try new activities on the water, including windsurfing, sailing and kayaking. mount-batten-centre.com

South West SUP

If you’re completely new to paddle boarding then learn during a two-hour or half day session, or equipment hire is available for seasoned pros. southwestsup.co.uk

Aquanauts Dive Centre

Plymouth is a treasure trove for divers with more wrecks per mile of coastline than anywhere else in the country. Aquanauts sell equipment and run diving courses if you’re looking to try it for yourself. aquanauts.co.uk

Tinside Lido

Plymouth’s art deco saltwater swimming pool, located on Plymouth Hoe, opens between May to September each year and is perfect for a dip on a summer’s day. everyoneactive.com/centre/tinside-lido

Fish ‘n’ Trips

Take a trip out to sea with Plymouth Boat Trips and try your hand at fishing. The target species is mackerel but you may also catch herring, gurnard and dog fish! Why not book the optional extra ‘Cook Your Catch’, then sit back and relax as The Boathouse Café transforms your haul into a tasty dinner. plymouthboattrips.co.uk Find out more at visitplymouth.co.uk/things-to-do

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Plymouth is a spectacular base for sailing, with one of the world’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, it’s a fantastic place to berth.

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OUT & ABOUT

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.

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 Anne’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 paddleboarding Tel: 01752 404567 Royal William Yard A small number of visitor berths available Tel: 01752 600533

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Fastnet Race Village Join us to celebrate the finish of the 2019 Rolex Fastnet Race with yachts arriving from Monday 5th August

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Visit the Race Village for food, family friendly activities, live music and entertainment and opportunities to get on the water.

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OUT & ABOUT

Stretch your legs With so much incredible scenery on the doorstep, Plymouth has no end of opportunities to stretch your legs, whether for a relaxed amble or a brisk walk along the coast path, both before a good pub lunch, naturally!

South West Coast Path

Nine miles of scenic South West Coast Path winds across Plymouth, from Stonehouse to Jennycliff in Plymstock. The Waterfront Walkway follows this route and has a number of shorter walks that allow you to explore the city’s historic roots and enjoy incredible views.

Plym Valley Trail

The trail runs through National Trustmanaged Plymbridge Woods, which is a great place to head for a gentle walk or cycle. This is a good place for spotting wildlife too – make sure you keep an eye out for the peregrine falcons which nest there.

Drake’s Trail

This 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.

Elmer’s Big Parade Plymouth

Arriving for 10 weeks during summer 2019, 40 colourful elephants will appear on the streets of Plymouth. See if you can find them all and discover more of Britain’s Ocean City on foot as you do.

Seasonal trails

Check the Visit Plymouth website for the latest information about seasonal trails, which offer something fun to keep the children entertained along with the chance to win brilliant prizes. Find more information about Plymouth’s walking and cycling routes at visitplymouth.co.uk or visit the Tourist Information Centre on the Barbican.

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Enjoy live music & nightlife gigs, concerts Bands, Is there anything better than enjoying great live music or a night out with friends? Britain’s Ocean City comes alive after dark with a buzzing nightlife scene, so there’s still lots to enjoy once the sun has set.

Plymouth Pavilions

See top selling artists at Plymouth’s purpose built arena. With regular touring shows and a range of gigs throughout the year you can enjoy everything from musical concerts to tribute acts, charting artists and sing along spectaculars of the Greatest Showman and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. plymouthpavilions.com 50

B-Bar

Located in the historic Barbican, the B-Bar is based within the Barbican Theatre building, serving up freshly-cooked, authentic Thai Food, great live music & spoken word performances with a fabulous atmosphere. Open 12 until late every day, with food served until 9pm. b-bar.co.uk


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Plymouth’s Barbican is home to a huge range of pubs, clubs and bars. It’s the perfect place to while away a summer evening, or put on your dancing shoes and enjoy a big night out! As the sun goes down, you’ll find live music, delicious cocktails and pints a plenty.

The Junction

With regular live music, the Junction on Mutley Plain is a popular place to go for a proper pub atmosphere. With a packed roster of gigs throughout the year, if you’re after a pint and a dance to some great bands with friends this is the place to go. facebook.com/mutleyjunction

The Terrace Café

The Terrace Café and Bar is the place to be if you’d like to enjoy sunshine with glorious views of Plymouth Sound. Nestled on the Hoe Foreshore, the Terrace offers a range of music events throughout the year, from acoustic music to bands and DJ’s. With an all-weather gazebo you can enjoy the sights and the sounds no matter what the weather. Check out their line-up of events on Facebook facebook.com/theterracecafeandbar

City Centre

If it’s a night on the tiles you’re after then head to the city centre to dance the night away. Here you’ll find clubbers’ favourites including Popworld, Revolution, Walkabout and Fever & Boutique.

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2020 marks the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, which saw the Pilgrims sail to America, seeking religious freedom. Plymouth was the Mayflower’s final departure point in the UK, and as the lead city for the commemorative year, has an incredible line up of activities, events and experiences for you to discover. The Mayflower voyage is one of the most influential journeys in global history and a defining moment in the shared history of Britain, the US and the Netherlands - more than 30 million people can trace their ancestry back to the passengers and crew on board.

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Light-based festival, Illuminate, kicks off the programme in 2019 and will close the commemorations in November 2020. The festival links all 13 Mayflower 400 destinations across 3 countries.

Hoist the main sail in May 2020 for the Mayflower Ocean Festival, which will bring major sailing races the Transat, OSTAR and TWOSTAR to Plymouth, along with the popular family friendly Plymouth Pirate Weekend and a range of community events.

Mayflower Week

Marking the anniversary of the date of the Mayflower sailing on 16 September, the Mayflower Week will bring a programme of spectacular events to the city’s waterfront in September 2020, including military displays, Royal Marines rehabilitation triathlon, a field gun festival and a formal Mayflower ceremony on Plymouth Hoe.

Plymouth’s major new cultural and heritage attraction will open in 2020 with a Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy exhibition being created with the help of over 100 museums, libraries and archives across the UK, US and the Netherlands and the Wampanoag advisory committee.

2020 will see a huge range of unmissable cultural events in Plymouth, including a new musical theatre production commissioned by Theatre Royal Plymouth and inspired by the Mayflower story, which will feature music from folk musician Seth Lakeman. Other projects include an amazing outdoor arts spectacle, dance productions, art exhibitions and a large-scale public art installation in Central Park.

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Explore further afield not so far away

Britain’s Ocean City is the perfect base to explore the breath-taking beauty of the south west. With the rugged expanse of Dartmoor National Park to the north, the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty to the east and Cornwall, with all its charms, just a short trip west, there’s endless natural beauty to discover.

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Dartmoor National Park

The same size as London, but with more sheep than people, there’s so much to see here. Look out for Dartmoor ponies and climb a tor to be rewarded with views of heather-covered moorland that seems to go on forever.

Buckland Abbey

The former home of one of Plymouth’s most famous faces, Sir Francis Drake, is now National Trust owned. Discover meadows, orchards and woodlands or explore the Abbey and the magnificent Great Barn.

Kingsand and Cawsand Once a haven for smugglers, these quaint twin Cornish villages are worth the half hour boat trip from the Barbican. You’ll find secluded beaches, delightful walks and a warm welcome in the pubs and cafes.

Wembury

Visit this beautiful beach, owned by the National Trust, which is just as beautiful on a misty winter’s day as it is in the summer heat and is great for rock pooling.

Bovisand

A sheltered bay of yellow sand with cliffs either side, this popular beach has a large expanse of flat sand when the tide is out, making it perfect for games.

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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 minutes’ walk away from the city centre and the picturesque Barbican.

Why Crowne Plaza? 211 bedrooms including 39 Executive rooms

Complimentary Wi-fi throughout the hotel

Drakes Bar and Lounge, multi-purpose place to meet, drink and eat

Onsite parking for 130 cars

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SERIOUS ABOUT STEAK. Enjoy affordable glamour & understated elegance at the Steakhouse Bar & Grill Plymouth. Located on the penthouse floor and offering a classic British menu with a French twist. You can enjoy this glamorous location all while taking in the stunning views across Plymouth Hoe. BOOK ON L I N E AT WWW.MPWR ESTAUR A N TS .CO M ARM A DA WAY, PLY MOUTH , D EVO N , P L1 2H J


UNWIND

Accommodation everyone welcome There’s so much to experience in Britain’s Ocean City, so why not 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.

Indulge in the luxury of a five star countryside retreat, enjoy total independence at a serviced apartment or feel at home in one of the many cosy bed and breakfasts.

To see all the accommodation on offer, please visit visitplymouth.co.uk/accommodation

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Discover the Enchanted Place on the Hill A five-star manor house hotel & spa in Devon. Boringdon Hall is home to the 3 Rosette Gallery Restaurant and Gaia Spa. Named CondÊ Nast Johansen’s Best Destination Spa in the UK & Ireland.

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Boringdon Hall, Plymouth, Devon, PL7 4DP boringdonhall.co.uk / 01752 344455 / @boringdonhall


Stay with us in the historic Royal William Yard and also enjoy great value French provincial cooking in our bistrot. Rooms by Bistrot Pierre is located in a Grade I listed building which boasts authentic Georgian features and a collection of 14 stylish appointed bedrooms. The Telegraph rated us “9/10 for value�. Our French bistrot and bar is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

All dishes are freshly prepared by our chefs, using a mix of artisan French produce and carefully sourced ingredients.

BOOK TODAY

01752 262 318

Residence One, 7 Royal William Yard, Plymouth, PL1 3RP plymouthrooms @ pierre94.co.uk bistrotpierre.co.uk/rooms


Strathmore House Apartments' combine the refined facilities, comfort and location of a luxury hotel - with the addition of privacy and generous living spaces. Whether you plan a business or leisure break to Plymouth, these apartments really do make the perfect home away from home.

PLYMOUTH'S LARGEST INDEPENDENTLY OWNED HOTEL... Located in the heart of Britain's Ocean City, the perfect hotel for both business and pleasure. The New Continental Hotel has 99 bedrooms, ample parking, function rooms, Wi-Fi, a leisure complex, bars & a restaurant plus, the warmest of welcomes. For more information please T: 01752 276798 E: reception@newcontinental.co.uk V| www.newcontinental.co.uk

BOVISAND LODGE HOLIDAY PARK

A range of luxury 4 star, gold award Lodges, Apartments and Caravan holiday homes, on a peaceful, family run holiday park within an area of outstanding natural beauty. The park has direct beach access and stunning sea views of Cornwall. All our Caravan holiday homes are double glazed, centrally heated and under 3 years of age. View our website for details, photos and tariff.  Indoor heated swimming pool and sauna  Small children’s play area  Animals to enjoy  Short breaks available

Mid week and two week promotions call 01752 403554 for details. Bovisand, Nr Plymouth, Devon, PL9 0AA stay@bovisand.com www.bovisand.com

You can enjoy these one, two, three and four-bedroom apartments for a weekend, a week, a month or even a year. When you visit Plymouth we will be ready to provide you with comfort, convenience and spacious accomodation, WWW.strathmorehouse.co.uk Tel: 01752 276798 Email: info@strathmorehouse.co.uk


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


TRAVEL

Getting around Plymouth

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.

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Waterlinks

The yellow water taxi from Mount Batten is a direct route straight into the Barbican.

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

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 Edgcumbe; between the Barbican and Cawsand in Cornwall; and the Cremyll ferry, Seasonal timetables do apply, please check before you travel. 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

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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. More info: visitplymouth.co.uk/ visitor-information/bike-hire 63


How to get to Plymouth IT'S SO EASY As a fantastic base for exploring Devon, Cornwall and the wider West Country, Plymouth is accessible by sea, air and land – whether you’re travelling by train, coach, car or bike!

Road

For passengers travelling within the South West, the Stagecoach Falcon service connects Plymouth with Exeter, Taunton, Bristol and Bristol Airport. swfalcon.com

From Cornwall, take either the A38 over the Tamar Bridge or the A374 via the Torpoint ferry – both have a one-way toll of £2.

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

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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 GWR runs regular services from London Paddington to Plymouth, see timetables and fares at gwr.com 64

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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.


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Walking

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.

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

Ferry

You can cycle to Plymouth on a number of National Cycle Routes. sustrans.org.uk

The ferry port provides direct links to Roscoff, France and Santander, Spain. brittany-ferries.com

Bike

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