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Holidays in Plymouth

Historical maritime city with a modern edge

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Steeped in maritime history, Plymouth is one of the world’s most famous ports. Many cast off here to discover or colonise the New World, namely the Mayflower, which made several voyages. Plymouth is Devon’s most westerly city and it sits at the estuary of the Tamar River (that acts as a natural boundary between Devon and Cornwall) and Plymouth Sound. The sound is a colossal, natural deep water harbour that serves as a military port and base, as well as having plenty of room for civilian enterprises. Ferries and fishing boats are seen to weave a course in and out of the hordes of anchored launches.

The shopping centre has an enviable collection of high street favourites and independents. It’s the largest shopping centre west of Bristol, so you’re guaranteed to pick up something interesting to buy. The Albert and Tamar Bridges which link Devon and Cornwall make Plymouth a great base for exploring the South West.

“Plymouth is one of the world’s most famous ports…”

Visit the maritime heritage in Plymouth by taking a walk along the cobbles down on the Barbican quayside. Then take a visit to the National Marine Aquarium to see the deep water fish of the tropics or see what is lurking off Plymouth Sound. After you’ve been shopping make a beeline for The Barbican which is a city enclave best known for great restaurants and pubs – it’s also got some great waterside walks and it is interesting to walk the winding streets that evoke a time gone by when pirates and smugglers used to hang out there. Around the head land you can climb up to Plymouth Hoe and see the lighthouse. Grab a place to sit and watch the ships and boats come and go out in the bays.

There is a massive outdoor swimming pool jutting out to sea as well, an iconic art-deco style structure that will stay in your mind long after you’ve left the city. Also visit The Citadel, Drake’s Circus, Smeaton’s Tower, The Mayflower Museum, West Hoe Pier, Millbank Docks, Royal Navy Millennium Wall, and much more.

The city is also lively after dark with plenty of venues for live music, cinemas, nightclubs and theatres. The size of the city draws in a lot of the top names on tour so be sure to check in advance of your holiday who or what is performing. Plymouth also acts as a hub for visiting the county at large, like Dartmoor and the English Riviera. There are numerous attractions in Plymouth and the surrounding area for all the family, Plymouth really does have something for every visitor to discover.

We have some lovely cottages in and around Plymouth. Why not take a browse through our collection of Plymouth cottages to feel inspired?

While you’re there

Plymouth Tinside Lido

An iconic part of Plymouth’s seafront, this saltwater pool has slides, a wave machine, and plenty of space for sunbathing.

Drake Circus Mall

The best collection of brand name shops in the West Country all under one roof in central Plymouth

National Marine Aquarium

A wonderful and inspiring day out for all ages, see sharks, giant turtles, and majestic manta rays.

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