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Welcome to Plymouth


The historic port city of Plymouth is located on the Devon coast, about 190 miles (310km) south-west of London, and has been attracting both local and international holidaymakers for centuries. Dating back to the Bronze Age, this port's history has seen it as a trading post of the Roman Empire and a departure point for pilgrims to 'the New World'. Plymouth's naval background is still evident in the city's shipbuilding industry but the economy is also largely influenced by tourism and service-based businesses, the well-established facilities and infrastructure creating an appealing environment for visitors. There are ferries to and from Plymouth linking it to France and Spain, and the city's airport supports a number of international flights. There are many historic attractions in Plymouth to enjoy, including the 17th century Royal Citadel and the Smeaton's Tower lighthouse, built in 1759. Visitors can stroll along the many cobbled streets of the Barbican; and read the memorial plaques on the Mayflower Steps in Sutton Pool, from which the famous pilgrims' voyage was launched. The National Marine Aquarium and Crownhill Fort are also great local attractions. Plymouth is a good base for excursions to Dartmoor National Park, the Tamar Valley and the popular surfing beaches of southeast Cornwall.

Information & Facts

English is the official language, though visitors will be astonished by the variety of regional accents.

The currency is the pound (GBP), which is divided into 100 pence. ATMs are available in all towns and Visa, MasterCard and American Express are widely accepted; visitors with other cards should check with their credit card companies in advance. Foreign currency can be exchanged at bureaux de change and large hotels, however better exchange rates are likely to be found at banks. Travellers cheques are accepted in all areas frequented by tourists; they are best taken in Pounds Sterling to avoid additional charges.

Local time in the United Kingdom is GMT (GMT +1 from last Sunday in March to Saturday before last Sunday in October).
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