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Plymouth is a large waterfront city perched on the golden Devon coast. Its wide, bustling streets are lined with a mixture of marvellous architecture, from Tudor limestone cottages and grand Victorian stone-houses to sleek, modern mirrored high-rises. Toward Plymouth’s centre, several shimmering shopping centres, boasting designer boutiques, offer an invitation to splurge. The Parade, a cobbled bayside street, is dotted with traditional pubs, chic cafés and sumptuous seafood restaurants, where the calm, aquamarine waters stretch out to the horizon.

Things to see

Head to the northwestern side of Plymouth’s old harbour area, and spend a day ambling around the Barbican, an energetic area of underground culture set in amber-cobbled streets, where the sumptuous smell of fresh simmering fish hangs in the sea air. Live guitar-music echoes off old brown-stone walls, leading you through the enticing Barbican Theatre, the independent and retail art galleries, and down toward the Plymouth Gin Distillery - a centuries-old building that gives daily tours. Walk back into the centre, past the white and red-striped Smeaton’s lighthouse, and the fine green lawns that adjoin the Barbican’s coastal path, and head to the Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, which tells the fascinating tale of Plymouth’s trials and tribulations during the Blitz, and showcases refined contemporary art. In the evenings, those seeking a neon-washed night of beats and rhythms should visit Union Street, Plymouth’s late-night hub.

Hotels in Plymouth

Plymouth offers a wide range of cheap and affordable hotels, which are often located centrally and set in large, functional complexes with elegant rooms, helpful hospitality and relaxed, red-velveted bars. Homely 3-star B&Bs are scattered throughout the city and surrounding green-washed countryside, and offer enormous English breakfasts in the morning, with a side of delectable fresh-caught kippers. Several small 4-star independent hotels and guesthouses await in the city centre, with large rooms and beds, where the attention paid to each individual guest makes for an idyllic romantic getaway.

Where to stay

Staying north of the centre, toward Plymouth University, provides quieter accommodation, yet still offers easy access to Plymouth train station, and is within walking distance of all the glitzy shops, bars, and seafood restaurants. The Barbican is undoubtedly the place to stay if you want to fully immerse yourself in Plymouth’s diverse culture, where the historical attractions, resplendent restaurants and the electrifying nightlife of Union Street are a short walk away. The very south of the Barbican, overlooking the glistening bay waters, is best for a more relaxed stay, whereas booking a Plymouth hotel in Barbican north is better suited for the thrill-seeking night-owls.

How to get to Plymouth

Plymouth’s sleek, functional and centrally located railway station boasts bountiful services throughout the country, with regular trains to and from London that take a mere 3 and a half hours. Direct services also run throughout the Midlands, South Wales, and up to Scotland. If arriving by plane into Plymouth City Airport, smooth and easy shuttle busses will drive the 4 miles into the city centre in no time. Arriving by car is simple and convenient, with the A38 dual-carriageway and M5 motorway darting you directly into the city, which can be navigated either on foot, car or cab.

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