If you’re looking for an urban holiday destination in the middle of glorious South Devon, Plymouth has a bustling and vibrant character with a unique feel that’s exciting, lively and full of surprises. Retail addicts will love its superb shopping facilities, and the city has a strong maritime and military heritage and plenty of arts and culture. Plymouth is an urban centre with a real Devon feel to it, where diversity meets a traditional West Country welcome.
Plymouth was founded on its strategic maritime location, both for the export of wool and other goods, and as a naval base. There are various defensive locations around Plymouth, notably the Royal Citadel built in 1670. Plymouth played a significant role in the two world wars, and to this day remains an important UK port. Plymouth is also famous for seeing Sir Francis Drake set sail on many an international voyage.
Things to do
Whether it’s gardens and wildlife, maritime heritage, theatre, live music or art, Plymouth has everything to offer you for a great city break. But a visit to Plymouth isn’t all about city life. On its doorstep sits the Yealm Estuary, within this tranquil setting you’ll find the well preserved twin villages of Noss Mayo and Newton Ferrers.
Food and drink
Plymouth is a city that is inspired by the thrills and adventure of the sea and you’ll find that its cuisine reflects that with plenty of good places to eat out. Bars and terrace cafés are popular in the summer months, when the whole city seems to take it easy and relax with a coffee or Devon cream tea.
Something a little different
Visit the lively harbour of the Barbican, a noted cultural centre with old narrow streets and many art galleries and pubs waiting to be explored.
A short walk away you’ll find the remains of Charles Church, which was destroyed by fire during the World War II air raids of Plymouth and remains standing as a memorial. This stands on a roundabout at the entrance to Drakes Circus shopping centre.
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Newton Ferrers is a little slice of tranquillity just 10 miles from the urban sprawl of Plymouth. Surrounded by ancient woodland and creeks, the village of Newton Ferrers sits on the...
Situated within the South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and with the coastline forming part of the South Devon Heritage Coast, Wembury is a great place to visit if you fancy some rock pooling adventures or wildlife hunting.
A small town almost on the eastern edge of Plymouth on the Kingsbridge Road. Mother Hubbard's Cottage is here - formerly the home of the housekeeper at Kitley House who was the model for the character who appears in Mother Hubbard Rhymes written at
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If you’re looking for an urban holiday destination in the middle of glorious South Devon, Plymouth has a bustling and vibrant character with a...
The tiny, pretty little village of Noss Mayo is hidden away on the southern bank of the Yealm estuary. Across the water is the larger village of Newton Ferrers, and you can get between the two villages by a ferry that operates a triangular route and...
A substantial village set near the wooded flanks of the river Erme, nine miles east of Plymouth. Somewhat off the beaten track, its mixture of small thatched and stone cottages includes two pubs, post office and a local store. There is also a notable