Plymouth City Guide

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Plymouth is a fun city deep in the south of England. If you’re Northern, you’ll be a long way from home here, but don’t worry! Plymouth will soon make you feel welcome! This city is right in the heart of Devon and is a great place to go to uni! Its got stunning coastlines and better still, lots of sun!

If you’re new to the city, our Plymouth city guide will help you find your feet and experience the best of it.


Getting Around

Plymouth is quite a compact city and is quite easy to get around, with most amenities located in the city centre. Most of the main clubs and pubs are within walking distance of each other as well.

If you want to visit the harbour, it’s just a short walk from the town centre and train station. There’s a lot to see there.

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Plymouth’s uni campus is easily accessible and is right next to the city centre. If you’re in the centre of town, you can walk to the campus in no time at all.

If you need to get a taxi, there are taxi ranks in the city centre and each journey shouldn’t cost you much more than a fiver.


Things to do

If you’re a fan of sunny days and sea views, you’ve come to the right place! There are loads of amazing things to see and do here for lovers of the seaside!

The first thing to do is, head towards the sea! This is where you’ll find all the best that Plymouth has to offer! First, you should see the stunning Royal William Victualing Yard. This harbour is incredibly picturesque. It’s the perfect place to walk around on a sunny day or to watch the sunset. Spend 5 minutes here and you’ll never want to leave Plymouth!

Another couple of great places by the sea are Devils Point and the Royal Citadel. These places offer up gorgeous views and are must-see if you’re in Plymouth!

If you’re looking for some more coastal views, head to Plymouth Sound. It’s a captivating bay that is a tourist hot-spot. Have an explore and find some hidden places! See what you can discover!

If you can make the trip, try and go to Bovisand. It’s a stretch of coastline with two gorgeous beaches. When you go here, you won’t believe you’re still in England! It’s truly picturesque, perfect for your Instagram feed. You’ll be the envy of all your mates!

Whilst you’re down at the harbour, check out the National Marine Aquarium. It’s a huge aquarium with loads of fascinating fish to look at. They even have some sharks! It’s really easy to walk to and is the perfect way to spend an afternoon.

Fancy seeing some thought-provoking art? Head to Peninsula Arts. It’s the biggest contemporary art gallery in Plymouth and is filled with incredible pieces.

Want to see some greenery? Plymouth has loads of cool parks to hang out at! West Hoe Park is brilliant on a lovely sunny day (you’ll get a lot of them here!). If you’re looking for somewhere quiet to relax at, go to Drake’s Place. Maybe whack on some Hotline Bling whilst you’re there too, pay homage to the park’s namesake! If you want somewhere nice that overlooks the city, head to Central Park. Ok, so it’s not the Central Park (that one’s located about 3000 miles away in New York…) but in our minds, this place is almost as good!

Looking for somewhere to have a pint with mates? Plymouth has plenty to offer! The fittingly named Skiving Scholar bar is the perfect place to have an after-lecture drink, (or maybe or not ‘after’ as the name suggests!). It’s a quirky bar with loads of tasty drinks on tap. Looking for something a bit fancier? Head to Two Parts Strong. This place is perfect for anyone looking to get some classy cocktails! The Roundabout is another good bar to drink at. It’s got a fresh-looking modern interior; it’s great for kicking back with mates!

If you’re wanting something a little livelier, fear not! Plymouth has loads of huge clubs for you to dance the night away in! One of the biggest places to check out is PRYZM. This chain is known for their huge clubs all over the country and this one doesn’t disappoint. Expect huge dance-floors, student nights and good times here! The Fresher and Professor is a great place for students (clue’s in the name). It often hosts students nights; Perfect for a mid-week party! Popworld is another good place to go to, ideal if you’re looking to sing some guilty pleasure songs all night! For LGBT students, OMG Plymouth is your new home. It’s Plymouth’s number one gay venue and often has brilliant theme nights (RuPaul anyone?).

Looking for that perfect cup of java in Plymouth? Amigos serve up delicious brews; It’s a fun place to go with your own amigos! If that doesn’t do it for you, head to Good Coffee Headquarters. Ok, so we don’t know if this is officially the headquarters of good coffee, but their amazing brews will convince you it should be!

If you’re a fan of football, you’ll want to head down to Home Park to see the mighty Plymouth Argyle play. Ok, so their murky green kits may not be the coolest look to sport, but you’ve got to love the Green Army! This team battles it out in League One and has fierce rivalries with Exeter City and Torquay United. Don’t miss derby day!


Eating Out

Plymouth is a decent-sized city, so you’ll find all the major restaurant chains here.

Fancy some great food whilst breathing in some sea air? Head to Quay33 for some delicious grub by the harbour. Want something a little more traditional? Pop into Harbourside Fish and Chips for some sit-down, locally sourced seaside food! Equally, Rockfish is an amazing place to get some sea grub; it has pretty nautical decks and a locally sourced menu.

For a stunning dining experience, head to The Mission. It’s a restaurant that’s been converted from a church. The meals are as heavenly as the setting!

If you want something a little international, go to the Ganges and The Gurkas. This Indian restaurant is the perfect place to chow down on a delicious curry!

For vegetarians and vegans, The Hidden Olive has a full vegan menu, full of delicious meals for you to try! Fancy something a little spicy? Head to Veggie Perrins for some tasty meat-free curries!



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Plymouth has got loads of great shops you can visit. It’s got tons of range, from mainstream brands to quirky vintage shops. Whatever you fancy, you’ll be able to find it here!

Drake Circus is the main shopping centre in Plymouth. This place will have most of what you need; it’s filled with all the big clothes brands.

Plymouth also has lots of shops in the city centre for you explore as well.  Make sure you explore right down by the harbour where you’ll find lots of nice shops off the beaten track!  

If you’re looking to pick up some vintage gear, Jasmine Rose Vintage is a cool place to check out. Plymouth Vintage Vinyl sell old-school clothes as well as old-school records!



There aren’t specific student areas in Plymouth as most uni accommodation is so close to the city centre that you’ll be close to your friends wherever you chose to live.

Most people try and live in-between Drake Circus and the uni though, as this gives the most convenience. Plymouth is quite compact though, so students tend to live in various areas near to the uni.

Renting here is straightforward though and there’s plenty of houses to go around!

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