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PlymouthUnited Kingdom

Appreciate the cultural transformation this waterfront city has undergone, with the World War II-damaged center now home to fashionable restaurants and maritime attractions.

Stroll along the cobbled quayside and see deep water fish tanks in Plymouth’s aquarium. Tour a gin distillery and sample the wares. Swim in a Jazz Age open-air swimming pool and take a boat trip out into the bay.

Plymouth is home to the most extensive naval base in Western Europe and an important location in British maritime history. The Pilgrim Fathers who settled New England set sail from here, as did Robert Falcon Scott of the Antarctic, Captain James Cook, Charles Darwin and Francis Drake. Since the 17th century the Royal Navy has maintained a base here, which drew extensive fire from the Germans in World War II. Plymouth was the target of a series of 59 Luftwaffe raids known as the Plymouth Blitz, which destroyed much of the city as well as the dockyards.

Walk the partially cobbled streets of the Barbican to see Tudor and Jacobean buildings and other attractions. Tour the Elizabethan House, a well-preserved property that gives insight into how a sea captain would have lived in the late 1500s. Stop at the Mayflower Steps, which mark the site where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail to found America in 1620. Walk through glass tunnels at the National Marine Aquarium and watch sharks swim all around you. The aquarium also has moral eels, fish and even a loggerhead turtle called Snorkel. Have a drink at the Plymouth Gin Distillery, which has been producing gin since 1793.

See the statue of Francis Drake and read the numerous war memorials at the Plymouth Hoe, a green-lawned expanse that looks out over Plymouth’s natural harbour. Take a tour of the Royal Citadel, a 17th-century fortress still used by the British military today. Bring the family to Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park where you can ride Segways, play disc golf and visit artist studios as well as learn about the earls that once lived here.

Plymouth is a major U.K. city and has great transportation links. Though Plymouth Airport closed in 2011, Exeter Airport is just 1 hour away by car. Ferry services are also available. Eat at a range of pubs and restaurants or use one of the many take-out venues.

Where to stay in Plymouth

Plymouth which includes drinks or beverages and a bar as well as an individual male

Barbican

4.5/5Wonderful!(105 area reviews)

Barbican is popular for its abundant dining options, and you can check out Theatre Royal, Plymouth, a top attraction in the neighbourhood.

Barbican

Top hotels in Plymouth

Jurys Inn Plymouth
Jurys Inn Plymouth
4 out of 5
50 Exeter Street, Plymouth, England
The price is £50 per night from 1 Dec to 2 Dec

Located in the heart of Plymouth, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Charles Church and University of Plymouth. National Marine Aquarium is ...

4.2/5Excellent! (930 reviews)

"We had an issue with our original room, but the staff was able to assist us. We switched rooms and continued to enjoy our stay."…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2020

Jurys Inn Plymouth
Crowne Plaza Plymouth
Crowne Plaza Plymouth
4 out of 5
Armada Way, Plymouth, England
The price is £71 per night from 13 Nov to 14 Nov

Located in Barbican, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hoe Park, National Marine Aquarium and University of Plymouth. Smeaton's Tower and Plymouth Dome ...

4.3/5Excellent! (558 reviews)

"Really lovely Modern decor,nice spacious room. Good dining facilities. Luxurious penthouse for dining and cocktails. perfect location to walk to the barbican Which is very pretty and also very close to the Centre for shopping. Will def go back"…"

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2020

Crowne Plaza Plymouth
Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa
Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa
5 out of 5
Colebrook, Plympton, Plymouth, England
The price is £120 per night from 29 Nov to 30 Nov

Situated in Plymouth, this luxury hotel is 2.6 mi (4.1 km) from Saltram House and within 6 miles (10 km) of National Marine Aquarium and University of Plymouth. ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (216 reviews)

"Enjoyed everything about the hotel. Lovely building and room. Food was great, breakfast every morning was lovely. Spa facilities amazing and staff friendly"…"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2020

Boringdon Hall Hotel and Spa
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Plymouth

The Regency Suite by Pureserviced
The Regency Suite by Pureserviced
4.5 out of 5
1-1A The Crescent, Plymouth, England
The price is £155 per night from 4 Nov to 5 Nov

Situated in Plymouth, this luxury apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hoe Park and University of Plymouth. National Marine Aquarium is 0.9 mi (1.5 ...

5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Surprising little gem!

"A really lovely place, furnished and decorated to a very high standard. Bathroom was amazing! Underfloor heating was a nice surprise too! Some minor cleanliness issues and kitchen could be a little better equipped but overall a fantastic place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2020

The Regency Suite by Pureserviced
1 Elliot Terrace
1 Elliot Terrace
4 out of 5
1 Elliot Terrace, Plymouth, England
The price is £166 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated in Plymouth, this beach apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Hoe Park, National Marine Aquarium and University of Plymouth. Smeaton's Tower ...

3.7/5Good! (22 reviews)

"Great apartment in a great location. Despite booking and paying for on site parking many days before couldn’t get a space on the day of arrival so frustratingly had to purchase additional parking elsewhere."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jun 2020

1 Elliot Terrace
Royal William Yard Apartments
Royal William Yard Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Royal William Yard, Plymouth, England
The price is £195 per night from 1 Nov to 2 Nov

Situated in Plymouth, this apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from South West Coast Path Section 36 Trailhead and within 3 miles (5 km) of University of Plymouth ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (43 reviews)

"Great location and great apartments. A number of good food outlets on site whatever you fancy; be sure to visit the Steel Brewing Co also. Can’t get a better base fort enjoying the city or coastal walks."…"

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2020

Royal William Yard Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Plymouth

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 35%
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4 - Good 50%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 13.157894736842104%
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4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Mar 2020

Nice place to spend a weekend. Aquarium is great.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

28 Feb 2020

Enjoyed walking along the Hoe and round the Barbican. On this occasion, it was not a holiday, but a visit to catch up with friends.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Feb 2020

Lots of great eateries, decent shops and nightlife

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

31 Jan 2020

Love the Theatre and the new area where the cinema and restaurants are.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Jan 2020

The friendliness of people. Very good bus service.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

31 Dec 2019

Very disappointing that there was no swimming ,steamroom , ect they have a lots of land they shoul build A swimming

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