Most large ships will use tenders to get you to shore.
The Cruise 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. The terminal is a rather long walk to the center of town, but doable. Taxis will be at the terminal. Probably cost about £12 each way.
Surrounded by an impressive natural harbor known as Plymouth Sound, the Port of Plymouth's Millbay Docks have a tidal basin with 13 ha of water. With a 200-m long berth and an anchorage ground for vessels of up to 300 m in length, the port is large enough to accommodate most ocean-going cruise liners.
Webcam of Plymouth Sound.
Printable map to take along.
Cruise calendar for this port.
Watch a destination video.
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).
Take the 93 bus (double decker) from the Plymouth bus station out along the road to Salcombe/Dartmouth for some good countryside sights.
Take a boat tour Plymouth boasts one of the best natural harbors in Europe and maybe even the world, taking to the water can give you a new view on the city. most boats leave from the Barbican, often on the 'Mayflower Steps' a variety of boat trips are available, lasting between 1-3 hours, taking in the Navy dockyard, Brunel's Bridge and the Hoe foreshore but various different destinations are available.
It pays to compare your cruise line shore excursions here.
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.
The Barbican is the oldest part of Plymouth.'The main street is called New Street but used to be called Rag Street. This is the historic heart of Plymouth with lots of art galleries, restaurants, shops and holiday homes.
The currency throughout the UK is the pound (£). You may also hear the slang term quid for pounds. Scottish bank notes are frowned upon in other parts of the UK, so change the notes before leaving Scotland.
Cash machines (ATM) or less formally 'holes in the wall' are very widely available and usually dispense £10 and £20 notes.
Visa, Mastercard and Maestro, are accepted by most shops and restaurants.
English is spoken throughout the country, but sometimes with heavy accents!
Most cafe's and restaurants offer free WiFi.
Shopping hours are in general:
Small stores 6 or 7 days a week (10am - 6pm)
Larger stores in general stay open til' 9PM
Hyper marts often 24/7
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