on the south coast of Devon, Plymouth has a population
of over 250,000 and is the largest city in the
south west. Largely re-built since the war, it
is now a thriving industrial and commercial centre
and is one of the Royal Navy's principal bases
and repair dockyards. The city has excellent educational,
recreational and entertainment facilities, all
of which provide a major focal point for a large
proportion of the west country.
Access to the rest of the country is gained by road via the A38/M5 motorway, by main line rail connections and by air from the city's airport. Europe is also accessible by the car and passenger ferries which operate from the terminals at Millbay Docks.
the city itself is a large pedestrianised shoppping
centre which boasts a wide variety of independent
and specialist shops in addition to most national
There are a wealth of restaurants, both on the waterfront and in the city, which offer local food and international cuisine to satisfy any appetite. The famous Hoe, Drakes Island and the Barbican are reminders of Plymouth's historic and enduring maritime links.
Watersport activities abound within Plymouth Sound and the Plym estuary as well as on the River Tamar which is overshadowed by Brunel's bridge connecting Devon to Cornwall. Numerous leisure and sports centres throughout the city and surrounding areas provide facilities to suit all ages and abilities. As well as benefiting from its coastal position with easy access to some of south Devon and Cornwall's most attractive coastline, Plymouth also has Dartmoor National Park on its doorstep. The National Trust owns numerous properties within easy reach and a short ferry trip connects to Mount Edgcumbe in Cornwall, with its beautiful parkland and coastal walks.