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Plymouth Things to Do

  • The Hoe

    UPDATE 2015 - The Wheel is no longer here, it's been moved to Budapest! London may have its "Eye" but here in proletarian Plymouth they call a spade a spade and so Plymouth has its "Wheel". This wheel of revolving observation capsules is commandingly located on top of The Hoe and so not only provides an overview of the city but also that of The...

  • Barbican

    If I was a first time visitor to Plymouth I would have to admit that The Hoe should be my first port of call, just for the views alone, but a very close second would have to be The Barbican. If you read my second introductory chapter you’ll realise that Sutton Harbour is the oldest part of Plymouth (excepting Plympton), and it’s here that you’ll...

  • HM Naval Base

    Her Majesty's Naval Base at Devonport is the largest in Western Europe and is home to pretty much every type of craft the British Royal Navy possesses. Although the actual dockyard itself is a restricted area there are plenty of viewpoints from which you can observe the ships and submarines at their berths. Not only that but the ships have to sail...


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Plymouth Restaurants

  • Tudor Rose Tea Room

    I was recommended by my guest house to have a cream tea at this tea room and I was not disapppointed! It was nice spending time in this traditional tea room and housed in the Barbican, one of the oldest listed premises dating from 1640. You can sit the gardens at the back which overlook the Elizabethan Gardens. I, however, had to wait a bit...

  • Piermasters - CLOSED

    UPDATE FEB 2015 - Piermasters is now under new ownership and the name has changed to Quay 33. Still in the same location tho' and reviews seem very positive. Plymouth certainly has a lot of "Institutions" as my previous tips sort of imply. Piermasters is no different - it is a local institution. This boldly claims to be "Plymouth's oldest seafood...

  • New China Garden

    The Monday night that I visited was one of torrential horizontal rain and the city centre was pretty much deserted. One thing Plymouth's post-WWII planners didn't take into account is the wind-tunnel effect of building wide streets with rows of multi-storey building on either side. Being a coastal city, when the wind's up and it's also raining not...


Plymouth Nightlife

  • James Street Vaults

    I missed my train by three minutes and the next wasn't for almost two hours - HA! Well, what's a guy gotta do - find the nearest pub! The JSV is a bit of a studenty pub but none the worse for that - at least it keeps the beer prices down. It is the nearest pub to the railway station and staff are friendly, locals are studenty. There's usually...

  • Dolphin Hotel

    My first experience of The Dolphin was walking past it at about 8.30 one morning about 25 years ago, long before the liberalisation of the English licensing laws, and realising that it was actually open. Walking through the front door, the fug of cigarette smoke and cacophony of drunken voices was a physically permeable barrier to be ploughed...

  • Voodoo Lounge

    Voodoo Lounge: Located near the University and Art College. Music genres covered: progressive rock, punk, ska, rock, alternative, acoustic, metal. This is a fine place to grab a beer, and sit back with some friends and have some good music in the background (not too loud). Beers on sale include; Tribute, Guinness, Fosters, Carling. No entry...


Plymouth Transportation

  • Getting From The Railway Station

    Plymouth railway station is located on North Road, about 10 minutes walk to the city centre and about 20 minutes to the waterfront areas such as the Barbican and the Hoe. The routes are well signposted and mostly traffic-free.For getting further afield there are always plenty of taxis on the rank outside the station. Taxi fares are regulated by the...

  • The Tamar Bridges

    To some Cornish people the River Tamar separates their beloved county from England, and as you cross over the river into Cornwall there is a sense that you’re entering somewhere different.The source of the river is just under 4 miles from the sea near the north coast and flows south for some 60 miles into the Hamoaze and Plymouth Sound, and it’s...

  • Arriving at Plymouth Railway Station

    The first time that you arrive at Plymouth by train you’ll probably feel underwhelmed, partly because for a city of 250,000 inhabitants it’s not that big, and partly because it needs a revamp.Apart from a minor branch line to Calstock, the only line that runs through Plymouth is the main line to Penzance, so you could hardly call it a transport...


Plymouth Shopping

  • In Case Of Emergency

    Unfortunately due to successive UK governments aggressive taxation policies on tobacco those of us who are invertebrate addicts find it much cheaper to either travel abroad, or to commit criminal offences by buying on the black market, in order to secure our legal drug of choice at affordable prices.Thus small, owner-run, businesses such as the...

  • November and December

    The Plymouth Christmas Market sells an array of Devon’s finest craftwork and produce, visitors can also be entertained by carol singers, dance troupes, jazz bands and a barbershop chorus all helping to create a really festive atmosphere. An added bonus is a family of real, live reindeer.Annually, usually from around third week in November to...

  • Off The Beaten Path!

    Whilst most of the concrete behomoth of Plymouth city centre is totally dominated by branches of national and multi-national chain stores, banks, restaurants et al, it is only a short walk west on New George Street to The Independent Quarter (motto - "IQ - The clever place to shop").The Independent Quarter centres around the vibrant and diverse...


Plymouth Local Customs

  • Tarting Up The Empty Shops

    When the Woolworths chain of retail stores went into administration in 2009 (after almost 100 years of trading in the UK) many city centre shopping precincts were left with empty buildings with the prominent "Woolworths" signage.Most of the shop buildings were bought out by other chains but many of the larger branches proved difficult to sell...

  • National Firework Competition

    Every year the very impressive National Firework Competition is held at Mount Batten in Plymouth. The competition is held over two nights in August, the dates for 2005 are 16th and 17th of August. Six of the best British companies (3 each night) put on their best displays and suprisingly they were very different in style. 2004 was the first year we...

  • Navy Days

    Navy Days is the biggest British forces public event, and it takes place at the huge Devonport Navel Base in Plymouth (the largest base in Western Europe).There are many events going on, both plane & helicopter fly bys, a few navel boats you can explore which you have relatively free access too and usually an open submarine. We visited in 2003 & It...


Plymouth Warnings and Dangers

  • Union Street

    If you like the night life of any place, including Plymouth, then this place will eventually be a stop for you. Don't get me wrong, this place is the hot spot for the citys night-life, but this is also where the majority of trouble occurs.Plymouth is a bit of a haven for drugs, and the strip of night-clubs along here is the favourite peddling...

  • The coast line is so dangerous...

    The coast line is so dangerous because of the sharp cliffs, the strong current and the wave, the weather is not always the clearest with rain and fog. There are a lot of shipwrecks year long.

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Plymouth Tourist Traps

  • expensive Hoe

    Lighthouse on Plymouth Hoe bumps up the prices in summer season, and views are tainted due to dirty glass, not good for taking pictures Go out of season OR ask a member of staff to clean some of the glass so photos come out cleanly Walk along the Hoe and you get views equally as breathtaking as from the top of the Lighthouse.

  • Again, the town of...

    Again, the town of ClovellyYou park WAY up there, then you climb down to the quay. You can't drive anyway, the alleys are too narrow.

  • The town of Clovelly actually...

    The town of Clovelly actually ask for entry fee to visit.You have to park outside the town in a huge parking lot, pay in a well organized toll both, then climb down the slope among the local houses down to the water.It's gorgeous, don't be missing it, but it looks like the whole town is over-dependant on tourism.


Plymouth What to Pack

  • Dress Warm!!!

    Warm coat, rain coat, sweaters etc, except for the months of June to October Just because they speak English here not all your regular meds will be called by the same name as you are used to. Also, they may not have the some of your fav brands here.

  • Packing List

    Not really a packing list, just a reminder to check out my Barbican Snapshots Travelogue before you go. Thanks, just click here: Geoff's Barbican Snapshots Before you leave my page, take a look at Pierre Rouss' (from Montreal) page. Just click here: Devon and Cornwall by Pierre Rouss

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Plymouth Off The Beaten Path

  • Roland Levinsky Building (Plymouth...

    This Plymouth University's campus renowned for its architecture and incorporating environmental and sustainable elements. You can read more about it via its website website.

  • Charles Church

    This church was built over 300 years ago and was one of Plymouth's leading churches where Dr Robert Hawker was an influential figure. In March 1941 the church was burnt with the bombing raid over the city. Today the derelict church serves as a spiritual monument and memorial (to city's blitz and loss of lives during World War II) on a busy...

  • St Dunstan's Abbey School

    Although situated on New North Road, quite close to the city centre, the striking St Dunstan's Abbey isn't actually on any tourist map. It is though worth a visit if you are interested in Gothic architecture and a bit of Plymouth's history.St Dunstan's Abbey was founded in 1850 by a Miss Priscilla Sellon, a naval officer's daughter who was devoted...


Plymouth Sports & Outdoors

  • Tinside Lido

    This Art Deco lido was opened in 1935 (It was closed between 1992 and 2004) and situated by the Plymouth Sound. The lido received Grade II Listed Building status in 1998 when it undergound an extensive renovation.The Lido is only opened between May and September. Swim gear

  • Plymouth Argyle – The Pilgrims

    Plymouth Argyle were founded in 1886 and turned professional in 1903. The club takes it’s nickname from the English religious group that left Plymouth onboard the mayflower for the New World in 1620.Plymouth Argyle play their games at the Home Park stadium, the original ground was destroyed by German bombers during the Second World War and...

  • Plymouth Pavillions

    Plymouth Pavillions is a great place for a rainy day. There is a sizeable ice skating rink here & a fun swimming pool with fountains, flumes Jacuzzi etc. I learnt to skate here about 9 years ago. We went mid week & had the rink to pretty much ourselves, phone before going to make sure you dont end up with a school group. Skates provided, bring...


Plymouth Favorites

  • The Guildhall

    One of Plymouth's most interesting buildings, architecturally, is its Guildhall. This was constructed in 1870-74 by the local architects Norman and Hine to house the City Treasury and Court of Assize, along with its Great Hall to be used for civic meetings. The design is unique for an English public building of the period, borrowing from Church...

  • Plymouth Plaques: Bermuda

    A plaque by the Mayflower Steps, Plymouth, UK"This tablet was erected in 1959 by the people of Bermuda to commemorate the 350th anniversary of the wreck on a Bermuda reef of "Sea Venture", Captain Christopher Newport, flagship of Admiral Sir George Somers, whose fleet sailed from Plymouth Sound on 2nd June, 1609, to carry settlers and supplies to...

  • Plymouth Plaques: Newfoundland

    A plaque by the Mayflower Steps, Plymouth, UK"From plymouth Sound on June 11th 1583, Sir Humphrey Gilbert, "The Father of British colonisation", set sail for Newfoundland which he claimed for Queen Elizabeth I on 5th August."This plaque was unveiled by the Honourable A. Brian Peckford, P.C., Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador on June 14th 1983 in...


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