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.
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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.
Don’t miss Plymouth’s historic harbour. Here you’ll find the highest concentration of cobbled streets in England, lined with cosy cafes, buzzing pubs and stunning shops and galleries. Make sure you enjoy a seaside treat of fish and chips or ice cream by the sea!
The Pilgrims' departure for America in 1620 is commemorated here at the Mayflower Steps and just across the road you'll find the Mayflower Museum, where you can learn more about this significant journey. Wander along New Street and you'll see a stunning collection of listed buildings, like the Elizabethan House, and the tucked away Elizabethan Gardens.
No visit to Plymouth is complete without a visit to Plymouth Hoe a breath-taking panorama with unbeatable views of our spectacular natural harbour, Plymouth Sound. The Hoe makes a magnificent backdrop to commemorate Plymouths heritage including Sir Francis Drake (the Hoe being the site of his reputed game of bowls before defeating the Spanish Armada). Along the promenade you'll find a number of memorials and statues of Plymouth greats like Lady Nancy Astor.
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.
Plymouth is the largest centre for shopping in the South West, outside of Bristol, and features many independent retailers as well as national brands and high street names in its varied shopping areas. Offering shoppers a little bit of everything, Plymouth’s extensive range of shopping districts and markets is well laid out for easy access, not only for shopping, but also for making the most of the great range of restaurants, cafes and Plymouth’s entertainment venues and attractions.
If you're looking for top brand names, take a trip to Drake Circus shopping centre. If it's independent, unique shops you're after then wander to the West End - here you'll find Plymouth Market, home to more than 100 individual stores and some of the city's top-rated eateries.
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.
The local emergency telephone number is 999, however the EU-wide 112 can also be used.
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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