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Plymouth | The Ultimate Travel Guide

Plymouth at a glance

The Barbican, Plymouth. Boats, Marina, Sea, Devon, Plymouth travel guide

Plymouth, ‘Britain’s Ocean City’is a maritime city on the south of Devon just miles away from the beautiful Cornish coast with an estimated population of 263,000 making it the second largest city in South-West England. There’s so much to do in Plymouth. From amazing days out to memorizing walks and endless shopping, there’s something for everyone. This Plymouth travel guide will take you through everything you need to know to plan the perfect trip to Plymouth and make the most of the city once you’re there.

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Plymouth Hoe – Smeatons Tower

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Plymouth can be relatively cheap to explore although you’ll have to fork out for trips and attractions if that’s what you choose to do. There’s plenty of cheap takeaways and large supermarkets to buy food cheaply and there’s budget accommodation options available too if needed. On the other hand, there’s also some lovely luxury hotels and restaurants in Plymouth. Transport is relatively cheap, coach cheaper than rain for longer journeys and you can buy a day bus ticket to save money.

Travelling to Plymouth and getting around

Plymouth is located just up from the border to Cornwall in the south of Devon. There’s an excellent public transport system making Plymouth an easily reachable destination from around the world.

By Train

Plymouth has a very reliable railway network. Both Cross Country and Great WR run services to Cornwall at least every hour with branch line services across the Tamar valley and the North of Cornwall starting at Plymouth. London can be reached in just 3 hours with Great Western Railway. Cross country runs services to the North of England and beyond.

  • Exeter: 1 hour
  • Reading: 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • London: 3 hours, 35 minutes
  • Bristol: 2 hours, 6 minutes
  • Birmingham, 3 hours, 34 minutes
  • Manchester, 5 hours, 17 minutes
  • Leeds, 5 hours, 33 minutes
  • Newcastle, 7 hours, 5 minutes
  • Edinburgh, 8 hours, 39 minutes

By Bus

Plymouth CityBus run the majority of services within and just out of Plymouth. Daily, monthly and annual tickets can also be purchased. Most Busses leavefrom Royal Parade (PL1 1DU) although there’s a huge range of other bus stops.

Stagecoach also run some routes travelling out of Plymouth to Torquay, Paignton and Totness.

By Coach

Falcon fun services from Plymouth coach station to Bristol via Exeter and Bristol airport 24/7.

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Megabus run cheap coach travel to London from Plymouth taking just over 7 hours.

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National Express run a range of services from Plymouth across the UK. It’s possible to change at London and travel on to the rest of Europe too.

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By Taxi

There’s lot’s of taxi companies operating in Plymouth. Here are a list of companies and numbers:

TaxiFirst: (01752 222222) I highly recommend this company. The minimum fare is £3.80 and there’s a really useful app which tracks your cab and gives you the number plate when it arrives for safety.

  • Need-A-Cab: 01752 666222
  • Tower Cabs: 01752 666222
  • Plymouth Taxis: 01752 788877

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By Ferry

Brittany Ferries offer regular sailings from Plymouth to Roscoff in France and Santander in Spain.

By Car

Plymouth has the A38 running through it with easy reach onto the M5 Exeter and the A30 in Cornwall. For Parking, I recommend using JustPark to find the cheapest parking in the best location.

By Plane

The nearest airports are Exeter airport in North Devon and Cornwall Airport Newquay. Both airports have a range of flights from around Europe. Plymouth is just over 3 hours by train to London with Great Western Railway making it easily reachable both from Heathrow airport flying from most destinations in the world. Falcon provides a 24/7 service to Bristol airport taking just under 3 hours.

Things to do in Plymouth

To view the best things to do in Plymouth. view 16 things to do with kids in Plymouth here.

Organised Tours

Viator has a range of tours and trips in and around Plymouth to book online. If you’d prefer to book in person when you get there then head to the tourist information center on the Barbican.

Plymouth travel guide – where to stay

Plymouth is home to a wide range of accommodation to suit every need, group type and budget. When booking accommodation in Plymouth I use to find the best-suited room for my budget and group.

The Juries Inn

Located right in the city centre, overlooking the Barbican and within easy walking distance of the city centre and Plymouth hoe we highly recommend the Juries inn.

With Small Children: There’s always a cot available when we arrive and the rooms are big enough to provide enough space.

Best for Self Catering: The Foxhouse Studios

Located just across the road from Plymouth’s main shopping center Drake Circus and nearby the Barcode 4D cinema and restaurant complex, the Foxhouse Studios is also close to Plymouth Hoe and the Barbican and within walking distance of the Royal William Yard.

All rooms come as studios with fully equipped kitchens.

Best for Luxury: Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa

If you want celebrity treatment and world-class service, then look no further. The hotel is just over 4 miles out of Plymouth but well worth it. Guests also have access to a swimming pool, hydrotherapy pool and spa service! Rooms range from Economy double to superior Suite.

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