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Plymouth is a vibrant waterfront city with quaint cobbled streets, a picturesque harbour, some amazing views from the hoe. It’s the largest city in the South West and has a great historic role as a naval base. It’s a great place day or night.
Plymouth Mayflower Steps is where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail on their voyage to the New World in 1620.
Plymouth Hoe is where Sir Francis Drake is renowned to have played his last game of bowls before his sailing voyage to engage with the Spanish Armada.
Black Friars Distillery. … The established distilling business of Fox & Williamson began the distilling of the Plymouth Gin brand in 1793.
Smeaton’s Tower stands 72 foot high, but was originally built on the Eddystone reef in 1759 at a cost of £40,000. It was taken down in the early 1880s when it was discovered that the sea was undermining the rock it was standing on. Approximately two thirds of the structure was moved stone by stone to its current resting place on the Hoe.
I’ve used airbnb and a hotel when I’ve stayed in plymouth in the past, but I would recommend to use airbnb if you can.
- Airbnb, from £10 a night for a private room, while entire apartments/homes can start from around £35 a night. I saw a 6 bed home for £90 a night. This would be my recommended option.
- Hostel, Plymouth Backpackers around £25 a night, Staykation.
- Camping/Motorhome, Riverside, Plymouth Sound, Brixton, Smithaleigh all Caravan Camping. All of which are on the outskirts of the city.
- B&B & Guest Houses, there are plenty to choose just decide if you want self catering or not from £44 to £92 a night.
- Hotel, There are the usual budget Travelodge, Premier inn, Im told Jury’s Inn isn’t bad. There are no 5 star, but a few 4 stars are around. Prices start from £40 – £92 a night.
- Bus, Haytor Hoppa a circular service that covers the eastern side of Dartmoor. Prices adult £5, senior £4.00, child (5-15 years) £2, family £10 (up to 2 adults and 3 children)
- Car, Try Addison Road for free on street parking, other streets tend to be £1.40 an hour. There are 2 free car parks Strand Street & Devil’s Point Park, but they are a little walk away. Try Martin Street £4 max or Western Approach £5 max.
- Park & Ride, There are 3 park & ride sites Coypool Park & Ride, George Junction Park & Ride, Milehouse Park & Ride.
- Cycling Rockets & Rascals Bike Hire, located on The Barbican and Royal William Yard, £7 kids and £10 adults (full-day) Family hire is also available £45 for 4 bikes.
- Taxi, Plymouth Taxis 01752 606060, Taxi First 01752 222222, Need-A-Cab 01752 666222, 01752 777777 – Plym Cabs.
- Plymouth Land Train picks up and drops off at the Plymouth Guildhall, Barbican Mayflower Steps, Smeaton’s Tower and West Hoe Fun Park.
- Walking, It only takes about 15-20 minutes to walk from the top of town down to the hoe.
If you head down the Barbican approach & harbour you can’t really go wrong, there are lots of places to choose from, here are a few I’ve tried.
- Cider Press (Real Ale & Live Music)
- The Diary (Quirky place serves drinks in a milk glass)
- Fisherman’s Arms (One of the oldest pubs with part of the old 14th Century Plymouth Castle wall inside)
- Frankie & Bennies
- Marina Bar (Lively place on the waterfront)
- Minerva Inn (The Oldest Pub in Plymouth, circa 1540)
- The Stable (Great Pizza with a view)