Train station to City Centre travel
Avoid taking a taxi from the train station to the city centre.
Firstly it's only 5minutes (easy) walk to the main shopping streets.
Secondly, you'll be ripped off in a cab.
Thirdly, help the environment by cutting out unnecessary short journeys by car(taxi).
For those looking to reach the University, this is about 3-5minutes walk from the Train Station.
The South Hams villages of...
The South Hams villages of Heybrook bay and Wembury are often missed by tourists, but are situated at the entrance to the Yealm estuary and overlooking Plymouth sound.
Wembury bay is popular with surfers and is quite a picturesque place with the Mewstone island prominent in the bay. I am biased though, this is where i lived for my formative years ;)
A bit off the beaten track, but Langdon court serves good meals and a great pint of Guinness. Lots of smuggling history too !!!
Sir Francis Drake Statue
The Sir Francis Drake Statue is mounted on top of a plinth some 5m tall overlooking Plymouth Sound and Drake's Island. This statue is in fact a bronze replica with the original being erected at Tavistock.
National Marine Aquarium.
Plymouth is the home of the National Marine Aquarium. The project was originally housed in buildings adjacent to the Citadel, close to The Hoe, but a purpose built home has been created from the old fish quay in Sutton Harbour. The imposing building creates a stunning sight as you view it across the harbour. Access from the Barbican is across the lock gates that guard the entrance to the inner harbour,
I'll be blunt. I don't like Plymouth. Never have, probably never will. However, I attribute this to the fact that I grew up only 20 miles out of the city and visited regularly. For me, Plymouth is therefore nothing particularly exciting or out of the ordinary, but it's never been home for me either so doesn't tug at the old heartstrings in the way my home town does.
The other reason I can think of for my dislike of the city is that, as a local, I don't just see the pretty(ish) city centre or attractive waterfront. For me, Plymouth also consists of rather unattractive residential areas, the seediness of Union Street at 2am on a Saturday night after the clubs have kicked out and the rather bad tempers of some of the locals.
Having said that though, I'm not in anyway trying to put anyone off visiting. I've heard many, many people say how much they like Plymouth, that they think it's a beautiful city in a beautiful location. And it has so much to offer visitors, including trips to museums to learn about some of the city's history, watersports, shopping, family trips to the aquarium, fantastic views from the Hoe, walks on the moors, visits to quaint little villages nearby... the list goes on and on. For visitors, I would say that Plymouth is an excellent base for those who wish to get to know the south west better, the variation in the landscapes surrounding the city is incredible and I would definitly say that Plymouth is a city that has something to offer everyone.