Plymouth visitor information
An introduction to Plymouth
Plymouth has a rich history and maritime heritage, reflected in many old cobbled streets to explore and visitor attractions including Blackfriars Gin Distillery (Plymouth Gin), National Marine Aquarium, Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery, Elizabethan House, The Merchant's House, Crownhill Fort, Saltram House, The Royal Citadel, and Plymouth Hoe.
The City is also home to a number of high profile events - including the British Fireworks Championships and World Championship Class 1 Powerboat Racing - as well as smaller, locally based events and festivals.
Located in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with the Dartmoor National Park to the north, the natural harbour of Plymouth Sound to the south and the rivers Plym and Tamar on either side, Plymouth offers a wide range of cultural and leisure activities to help people make the most of the city and its surroundings during their visit. Plymouth provides the perfect base whilst staying in the South West with easy access to the neighbouring counties of Cornwall, Somerset and Dorset. From scuba diving in the Sound to taking a stroll through the woods there are sports and recreation opportunities for everyone.
Plymouth University accommodation
The University of Plymouth has recently benefitted from significant investment into its accommodation, much of which has now gained 3* VisitBritain accreditation. For example, Frances Drake Hall was only completed in 2008.
It should be understood that the university halls are designed primarily for students: not children or for adults expecting a high level of luxury. However, with this in mind, the halls do meet level of comfort that we expect most visitors to be happy with, and we will welcome any feedback where this is not the case.
Dates of academic vacations
Rooms are available during the summer vacations: late-June to early-September.
Getting to Plymouth
London to Plymouth by road will take about 3.5 hours. The A38 links the motorway network from Exeter (M5) to Plymouth and the South West. There are good coach services from most major cities to Exeter and Plymouth. Parking is available near the University in a secure council owned car park. Permits can be purchased from reception on arrival.
Plymouth is on the national rail network and the journey time is between 3 - 3.5 hours from London Paddington. For more information, please see http://www.nationalrail.co.uk.
Plymouth city airport is located approximately four miles outside the city centre: taxis from the airport cost approx £15.00.