Plymouth, England

Plymouth is a city on the coast of Devon in southwestern England. It is 310 km (190 miles) from London. It has a population of about 250,000.

Saltram House, Plymouth
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The history of Plymouth goes back to the Bronze Age, when a settlement appeared there. It grew to become a trading post during the Roman Empire. It was at Plymouth that the Pilgrim Fathers sailed off in 1620 for the New World and established the Plymouth Colony (also called New Plymouth) in Massachusetts, United States.

Plymouth experiences a temperate climate. Compared to the rest of England, it is generally wetter and milder here. The annual mean temperature here is 11°C (52°F). The warmest month is July, when the termometer touches 20°C, while the coldest is January, when it dips to 3°C. Plymouth gets most of its rain in the autumn and early winter, due partly to the Atlantic depressions.

Budget Travel to Plymouth

Most people go to Plymouth by road. The main access route is the A38 dual carriageway, also known as the Deveon Expressway. It connects with the M5 motorway at Exeter.

Budget Travel within Plymouth

Plymouth is just a small town with most places within walking distance.

Smeaton’s Tower, Plymouth Hoe
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Places of Interest in Plymouth

  1. Barbican
    The oldest part of Plymouth with lots of art galleries, restaurants, shops and holiday homes.
  2. Hoe
    The patch of greenery on which Sir Francis Drake finished his game of bowls prior to taking on the Spanish Armada in 1588.
  3. Mayflower Stone and Steps
    The spot where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for the New World.
  4. National Maritime Aquarium
    Britain’s foremost aquarium with the deepest tank in Europe.
  5. Plymouth Mayflower Exhibition
    Exhibit recalling the story of the Mayflower and the creation of the Plymouth harbour.
  6. Plymouth Theatre Royal
    The largest provincial producing theatre in the United Kingdom.
  7. Royal Citadel
    Citadel built by King Charles II to guard the harbour in the 1660’s.
  8. Saltram House
    18th century mansion with design elements by Robert Adams.

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