Berkeley's St James Guest House

4 St James Place East, The Hoe, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 3AS, United Kingdom
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Moving to Plymouth

by Weissdorn

My husband received a job offer to work in Plymouth. Since he is a EU citizen, I found out that he won't need to get a work permit. But, he still has some questions.

How much is an inexpensive 1 bedroom flat here or in the surrounding area?

What can you expect to earn as net pay when you earn approx. 20.000 GBP pa? What are the legal deductions like?

Thanks for your help in advance.

Re: Moving to Plymouth

by SirAliztare

The tax rate in Britain is 22% for wages under £28000 so take a fifth off for a start. Then National Insurance will take a little more off the top, plus pensions etc (the British Government loves to tax!) you should end up with about £15,000 net.

As regards houses in Plymouth, I don't know, but the cider down there is sublime.

Re: Moving to Plymouth

by kerouacsdog

hi, if you go to , enter the letting section, and type in plymouth, you should be able to find what you are looking for, pricewise.

Re: Re: Moving to Plymouth

by Yarpy

A one bedroomed flat would be from £360 per month to as much as they think they can get out of you, depending on the area. However it is very pleasant if you are a WASP. However the cider is far better in Frankfurt a.M.

Re: Moving to Plymouth

by Maeniel


All of the above is true. There is one other thing of note that should be mentioned. If you have a valid driving licence for the UK, then it is possible to get accomodation a little cheaper away from the city centre. The problem is that the city centre area is/has been undertaking serious re-development and this has pushed up the prices. If you can get out of the centre, then the prices drop a little.

A friend of mine in the city pays that much explained above for a flat which is basically a house split into four. It is very small. If you need any specific info, give me a shout and I will look into it.

Good Luck Anyhow.

Travel Tips for Plymouth

Royal Parade

by Maeniel

Not so much a favourite thing, but worthy of a mention, and this is the best category, so... This is nothing but a street, but it is THE place where all of Plymouth's parades, such as on The Lord Mayors Day are held and there a lot of historical monuments along it. So, if you orient yourself with this in mind, you are well away. There are nine things worth seeing along this one strip alone, so don't be so fast to dismiss it as just another street.

It is also good to know because it is central and everybody knows where it is.

The sorts of things you will see, will include the Theatre Royal, 'The Bank' Public House, St. Andrews Cathedral, The City Guildhall, Prysten House (Old Building and Museum) and the Painted Underpass which shows the history of Plymouth in pictures.

Take a bus to Buckfastleigh,...

by Miffy

Take a bus to Buckfastleigh, or even better, take the steam railway from Totnes, which stops right outside the otter sanctuary. It's only a small place but knowledgable keepers show you round the otters they've saved and you can stand in a tunnel under the water to watch them dive for food. Lovely for animal lovers. Others may find the otter smell rather disturbing. Culture lovers shouldn't worry - just down the road is Buckfast Abbey, a monastic community open to the public with an impressive Abbey church, visitor centre, and a chance to buy their goods, such as honey made on the premises.

Mayflower Centre

by freya_heaven

The Mayflower information centre is an interesting place, it doubles as a tourist information centre with the top two floors being interactive museums. The top floor is about the seafaring history of Plymouth especially the Pilgrim fathers & their ships Mayflower and Speedwell. The middle floor is about the fishing history of Plymouth, with more interactive activities. There is also a small cinema with the history of the Barbican area of Plymouth in a short presentation. There is also a film following the day of an off shore fisherman which I found particularly gruesome.

This is a relatively new building, it stands on the site of the Mayflower Hotel which was destroyed by a bomb during the war in 1941. The hotels claim to fame was T.E Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia) had tea here under the pseudonym of Aircraftsman Shaw, this was an assumed name he gave himself when he joined the forces after WW1 to preserve his anonymity and escape his celebrity status.

Watch Your Back..................

by freya_heaven

The Minerva lays claim to being the oldest pub in Plymouth dating back to the 1500s. Over the seafaring centuries Plymouth was notorious for its feared pressgangs. The Pressgangs preyed on the vulnerable and usually drunken men of the city, tricking and even kidnapping them on to ships which were due to sail. Once they had woken or sobered up they were out at sea for the duration, many not to return.

The Minerva Inn is where the Pressgangs of the Barbican drank, planned and socialised. Many were employed by privateers but even the Royal Navy employed the pressgangs to keep the sailor numbers up!

Plymouth, UK

by cnango

This plaque in the historical coastal city of Plymouth commemorates where In 1620 our Pilgrim fathers walked through the Pilgrims Point Archway ,stepped onto the Mayflower & sailed to the New World.

The Plaque reads:
On the 6th of September 1620, the Mayorality of Thomas Townes after being kindly entertained and courteously used by divers Friends there dwelling, the Pilgrim Fathers sailed from Plymouth in the Mayflower in the Providence of God to settle in New Plymouth and to lay the foundations of the New England States The ancient Cawsey whence they embarked was destroyed not many Years afterwards but the Site of their Embarkation is marked by the Stone bearing the name of the MAYFLOWER in the pavement of the adjacent Pier.

The Tablet was erected in the Mayoralty of J T Bond 1891, to commemorate the Departure, and the visit to Plymouth in July of that Year of a number of their Descendants and Representatives


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