Plymouth boasts the shortest ferry route to Western France and first class passenger facilities. There are excellent motorway connections to the town from the M6 and M5 and the City Centre of Plymouth is south of the A38 main South Devon Highway. The British Royal Navy uses the port of Plymouth as its historical second home. Plymouth is situated at the mouth of the River Tamar and also features an extensive commercial port called Millbay Docks, where ferries can be booked.
The Passenger Terminal in Plymouth is very modern and vehicle-marshalling areas at the port aid the traffic flow. The port can accommodate many cruise ships with its modern berthing facilities. Terminal facilities include a café, bureaux de change, a free car park, disabled toilets and low-level pay phones in the main terminal.
Plymouth Attractions. Plymouth's unique location, with its combination of sea, moors, and lush countryside, makes it the perfect venue for those seeking a more active holiday break. Whatever you enjoy, from ice- skating to bowling, you're sure to find it here! Plymouth is the home of one of the best theatres in the country, the Theatre Royal, with top class programmes from drama to musicals. Plymouth Pavilions is the major regional venue for both pop and classical concerts, top comedians and sporting events. Visitors can also check out the latest blockbuster at one of Plymouth s multi-screened cinemas or take in some culture by strolling around one of the art galleries or museums. Meanwhile, well-planned landscaped gardens and wide traffic-free boulevards are great for relaxation.
Plymouth is a popular venue for seaside holidays. The beaches are just outside the town and other attractions include the National Aquarium (voted " Aquarium of the Year" and "Devon Family Attraction of the Year", Good Britain Guide 2003), Smeatons Tower, Crownhill Fort or Mayflower steps. The Plymouth Dome is the world famous Hoe with 400 years of local history (This is where Sir Francis Drake insisted on finishing his game of bowls before dealing with the fact that the Spanish Armada was approaching). Just out of town is the wildlife park, Buckfast Abbey and the Dartmoor National Park, one of the finest unspoilt landscapes in the UK. Morwellham Quay is an historic shipyard, port and copper mine that is reconstructed to faithfully look as it did in the 1860s and costumed staff take you back 150 years. As the regional capital of Devon and Cornwall, Plymouth is an extraordinary blend of vibrant modern city and historic seafaring port. In the Barbican, you can enjoy centuries of maritime tradition. Or you can take to the sea yourself with a choice of boat-trips, fishing, windsurfing, scuba diving and water skiing. There are few better locations in Europe for walking than the Plymouth area. The coastal footpaths are exceptional, offering magnificent views. Horse riding is also available throughout the area.
Plymouth Shopping and Dining. Plymouthoffers a wide selection of country and waterside pubs, some featuring live music, plus a wide range of places to restaurants and bars. Try your luck at the casino, or shop until you drop in the Plymouth City Centre Shopping Boulevards. Visit the new Maritime Garden and Ocean View Cafe overlooking the harbour or simply relax on the waterfront and enjoy the stunning views across the harbour. The City of Plymouth offers. It has grown from a small fishing village on the banks of Sutton Pool to the major centre of population and commerce south west of Bristol.
Plymouth Access. Take the M5 to Exeter, and then onto the A38 - which goes all the way to Plymouth. Once in Plymouth, take the A374 and keep following signs for the city centre. As you near the centre, signs for the ferry port are prominent.