Plymouth is a city on the south coast of England and in the county of Devon. Inhabited since the Bronze Age and a settled port during Roman rule of England, Plymouth is now one of the largest economic centres in the south-west of the country. The city lies at the mouths of the rivers Plym and Tamar, and much of its history and cultural development has been associated with maritime activities of various sorts. Plymouth has long been famous for its ship-building industries and as the destination from which the Pilgrim Fathers departed for the Americas in 1620. The city is also home to the University of Plymouth and much of the region’s media, journalism and television businesses and organisations. Central Plymouth is around 200 miles south-west of London and immediately south-west of Dartmoor National Park.
Setting up your business here
Plymouth is a significant hub for media, science and service sector companies, as well as for a variety of maritime businesses, such as boat makers, such as Princess Yachts and Barclay Curle. The engineering company Fine Tubes has a significant office holding in the city, as do the BBC, the Royal Mail and the Ministry of Defence. Other major local employers include Brittany Ferries, the health and well-being adviser First Assist and chewing gum giant the Wrigley Group. The main business districts in Plymouth are located between its central train station and the harbours around Plymouth Sound, where Devon eventually meets the English Channel.
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Things to do in Plymouth
Plymouth is a wonderful city to walk around and explore, with so many great sites and facilities found near old harbour areas such as Barbican. Top attractions include the National Marine Aquarium, the Theatre Royal, the Plymouth Arts Centre and Hoe Park. Other locations with considerable appeal include the Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery and the Drake Circus Shopping Centre. Meanwhile, for historic landmarks, there’s always Plymouth Cathedral, or the Mayflower Steps, from which the Pilgrim Fathers are believed to have set sail for the Americas. Another great place to visit is the Plymouth Gin Distillery, which takes visitors through more than 200 years of gin-making history and tradition. In terms of places to eat out in Plymouth, it is worth seeking out Glassblowing House, Yukisan and Chloe’s restaurants, all of which serve great food in the centre of the city. For somewhere to relax and have a drink, try Martimo’s Wine and Tapas Bar, the Gog and Magog, the Voodoo Lounge or the Cider Press on Quay Road.
- Tube lines: N/A
- Mainline stations: Plymouth
- Nearest motorways: M3 via the A386 or A38
- Nearest airports: Exeter International Airport