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Plymouth Highlights

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     Lots to do, good for theatre & arts lovers, beautiful landscapes & see views and currently a thriving commercially developing city 

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     Cold and Windy 

  • In a nutshell
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     A Successful Mix Of The Old And The New 

Plymouth Things to Do

  • Plymouth Christmas Market

    There always seems to be something happening in the city's pedestrianised Armada Way and so it's no surprise that they host one of the most varied Christmas celebrations in the West Country. From the last week of November until Christmas Eve the bottom end of the precinct hosts a German-themed Christmas Market with wooden stall selling all sorts...

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  • The Hoe

    One thing that visitors to Plymouth shouldn't miss is The Hoe.The Hoe is a large open space overlooking Plymouth Sound and the English Channel (or La Manche in French). The word 'Hoe' is an old Anglo Saxon word meaning 'High Ground' and although the ground isn't particularly high the view from The Hoe is magnificent.The most famous story relating...

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  • Walk around the Citadel, Hoe, and...

    There are three areas involved in this walk:- Plymouth Hoe, or the Hoe, which is an open public space - a lawn overlooking the water- The Royal Citadel- Barbican, which is an old quaint neighbourhood in Plymouth that escaped WW2 bombingsThink of the three areas connecting in the shape of a backwards fat "L", the Hoe to the west, the Citadel at the...

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Plymouth Restaurants

  • A Dose Of The Continentals

    Barista Brothers is a small Italian-orientated group of coffee shops with four outlets around southern England. The company's base is here in Plymouth, along with its flagship operation on Armada Way.This is an atmospheric coffee shop with well-trained staff, simple but good eats (panini and cakes mostly) and when the sun's out the terrace is one...

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  • Stall 101 !!!

    Many people knock Plymouth's Pannier Market for being drab and boring. But that kinda misses the point. The market provides everyday basics at very reasonable prices, along with freebie banter and excelllent service.Whilst it's not somewhere where you'd expect to find culinary excellence it does have some very good, simple, eating places for both...

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  • Barbican Pasties!

    The bakery sells pasties including traditional and vegetarian. Prices range from 2 - 3.50 gbp. There is some seating inside and outside the shop should you want to eat your pasty. I ordered a traditional pasty which was enjoyable and filling!

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Plymouth Nightlife

  • Where Phantom debuted for the 2012/2013...

    As you may know I do love the theatre and I'm a big Phantom of the Opera fan. During 2012 and 2013 I'm going to be following the new production of Phantom on tour (part of the 25th Anniversary celebrations). First stop on the tour was here at the Theatre Royal Plymouth. The biggest reason for my 2nd Plymouth trip was to see one of the previews...

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  • A good meeting point during the day and...

    The Mount Pleasant is a pub just across from the Pavilions. This was an ideal meeting point where i met up with friends before and after the show. The pub is pleasant although the big screen and the disco were loud during my visits and considering that the pub wasn't busy at all. I think on one of the occasions, there were just my friend and I and...

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  • If you've missed your train LOL ;)

    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...

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Plymouth Transportation

  • Plymouth Railway Station

    I travelled to Plymouth by train and trains arrive/depart from/to London (Paddington) with First Great Western Trains and other parts of the country with Cross Country Trains. First Great Western offer local services to rest of Devon, Cornwall and neighbouring counties.I travelled with Cross Country Trains on my first trip to Plymouth (November...

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  • Plymouth City Buses

    I wanted to visit Royal William Yard which is situated on the outskirts of the city centre in Stonehouse and a bus ride is required. I caught the no. 34 Plymouth City Bus from Royal Parade in the City Centre to the destination. It cost me 1.30 gbp (one way) and took me approximately 10 minutes. If you're planning to make a number of trips during...

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  • Car Parking – Theatre Royal

    Theatre Royal – Old George StreetLocated next to the Theatre Royal and Civic Centre, close to west end shops and well placed for Plymouth Hoe. This is a multi-storey car park with toilets.Pay on exitLong StayCapacity: 612 carsMonday to Saturday: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm3 Hours: £3.60Old George Street, Plymouth PL1 2TGJuly 2011

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Plymouth Shopping

  • 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...

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  • 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...

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  • Virgin Megastore

    The shop is set on two floors and is very open and spacious. You can buy anything from cds, computer games, dvds, videos, books and more.We bought some games, dvds and cds.to be continued. All the things we bought were £9.99 in the sale.

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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...

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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...

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  • Do be careful when walking on...

    Do be careful when walking on the beach not to get cut of by the incoming tide.Also the waves can get quiet rough, great for surfing but remember this is the Atlantic.

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  • 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.

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  • LANDS END. Lands end has been...

    LANDS END. Lands end has been sold to a private owner who is charging £5.00 for a car to enter so park it up the road where ther is a farmer offering Free parking in his feild.(Look for the Sign) and walk down for free or catch the bus.Alternatively why not go to the Lizard, free parking and some interesting craft shops and cafes offering cream...

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  • 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.

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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.

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  • Packing List

    As much as you like as long as your taking the car.If not back pack or cycle packs. Sandels, hiking boats, deck shoes and trainers Suncream and plasters Take a camera with a zome on it Don't forget to pack your wet suit, boogie board, hang glider and kite. Maps the roads and attractions are well signposted

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  • 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.

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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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

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  • 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...

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  • 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...

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Plymouth Favorites

  • 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...

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  • 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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  • Plymouth Plaques: Mayflower, Waldo...

    A plaque by the Mayflower Steps, Plymouth, UK"The Barbican, Plymouth, Devon, England"The Mayflower sailed from here September 16 (new style), 1620, for Plymouth, New England. Part of her passengers were colonists from London, part were a seperatist congregation which had begun in Babworth, Nottinghamshire, on July 11, 1586, and had moved to Scrooby...

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