With undoubtedly one of the worlds’ most impressive natural harbours, Plymouth has come a long way in recent years and has plenty of attractions to rival the neighbouring towns of Devon and Cornwall. As an important Royal Navy port, the city suffered from heavy bombing during WWII but has undergone an ongoing period of cosmetic and cultural regeneration in recent years. Plymouth Hoe is one such area to benefit from a facelift. The large open public space which sits above limestone cliffs offers stunning bay views and a new Gary Rhodes restaurant in the impressive Plymouth Dome. The city also comes to life at night, from top class theatre shows to a thriving club scene and everything else in between.
Compact enough to navigate around the city centre, the hatchback also has enough power to tackle the roads that connect Plymouth to neighbouring Devon and Cornwall.
Driving in Plymouth
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Important things to note
The main access route into Plymouth is the A38 dual carriageway, which connects to the M5 at Exeter, and right into the heart of the West of Cornwall.
Plymouth city centre is fairly compact, so if you want to leave your car and travel around by foot, there are three park and ride facilities on offer.
In Plymouth, you might want to avoid the area near the Naval Base. Some of the roads there are among the most complicated in the city.
Highlights & Hotspots
It is highly recommended you take a breezy stroll along the South West Coast path, where you can enjoy stunning views of the Devon coastline. Be careful to steer clear of the edge of the cliff tops and don’t forget to pack your hiking boots as the paths can be slippery at times.
Children will be mesmerized by the impressive range of sea life on show at the National Marine Aquarium. As Britain’s largest aquarium, its huge tanks contain everything from turtles to tropical fish and even a selection of sharks, including sand tiger sharks.
The Theatre Royal Plymouth hosts some of the best shows the West End has to offer, including The Lion King, Evita and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Plymouth Barbican has a string of bars along its scenic waterfront location.
Rock Salt Café and Brasserie is a favourite haunt for food fanatics, where they serve everything from a reassuringly large all day breakfast to the more bold and imaginative dishes, all very reasonably priced.
Plymouth airport closed in 2011, so the city is now served by nearby Exeter Airport, which is approximately a one-hour drive away from Plymouth city centre by car in a north-easterly direction.
The airport is located along the A30, which then goes onto the M5. When the M5 ends and becomes the A38, keep going down that road before eventually finding yourself in the centre of Plymouth.