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Plymouth is a coastal city in Devon in Southwest England. The city is located between the mouths of the rivers Tamar and Plym, and is about 190 miles (310 kilometers) to the Southwest of London.

The city today has a population of approximately 250,000 people. The city is particularly known for its importance as a commercial shipping port, especially during the Industrial Revolution, and for its importance to the Royal Navy for shipbuilding and as a dockyard. The Royal Navy Base in Plymouth, HMNB Devonport, is the largest operational naval base in Western Europe (formerly known as "HMS Drake").

Key Facts about Plymouth

Here are some key facts about Plymouth:
  1. Plymouth is a city in Devon in Southwestern England.

  2. As of the 2011 census, Plymouth had a population of 256,384.

  3. Plymouth has a well-established reputation as a commercial shipping port.

  4. Plymouth is home to HMNB Devonport, the largest operating naval base in Western Europe, and an important centre of shipbuilding, as well as a dockyard, for the Royal Navy.

  5. The University of Plymouth is the 9th largest university in the UK (by number of students). The University has over 30,000 students, and nearly 3,000 staff.

  6. Plymouth's main road connection is the A38 dual-carriageway. The A38 runs East to West across the North of Plymouth. To the East, the A38 connects to the M5 motorway. To the East, the A38 connects to Devon and Cornwall via the Tamar Bridge (the longest suspension bridge in England).

  7. Plymouth is connected by rail to the CrossCountry Network. Additionally, the city is home to a number of smaller stations and local train services.

  8. Ferry services from Plymouth provide links to France and Spain.

  9. Until 2011, Plymouth was served by Plymouth City Airport, which was about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) North of the city centre. This aiport however closed in December 2011, and the nearest airports are now Exeter International Aiport and Newquay Cornwall Airport.

Weather in Plymouth

Like other parts of Southwest England, Plymouth has a temperate oceanic climate. Generally speaking, the region is on average milder and wetter than other the average for England, and the moderating effect of the sea, also means that seasonal variations is somewhat less marked than other parts of the UK.

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A Walking Tour of Plymouth, Massachusetts (Look Up, America!)

By Doug Gelbert

Cruden Bay Books
Released: 2010-07-10
Kindle Edition (22 pages)

A Walking Tour of Plymouth, Massachusetts (Look Up, America!)
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There is no better way to see America than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. Whether you are preparing for a road trip or just out to look at your own town in a new way, a downloadable walking tour from is ready to explore when you are.

Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing. Every tour also includes a quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on American streets.

Plymouth, the oldest town in Massachusetts, actually began settlement on board the Mayflower that brought 102 settlers from England in 1620. That first winter conditions were too harsh to make much headway on shore; only fifty-two of the English separatists who had broken away from the Church of England survived. The town they built served as the capital of Plymouth Colony (which consisted of modern-day Barnstable, Bristol, and Plymouth Counties) from its founding until 1691, when the colony was annexed by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Plymouth grew up mostly as a fishing and whaling town. Industry was limited to a few mills and forges and small factories. In the early 1800s two of those factories were ropewalks providing rigging and rope for ships. In 1824, 34-year old Bourne Spooner, a Plymouth native who learned the ropemaking trade in New Orleans, chartered a new company on a 130-foot frontage of Plymouth Harbor. Over the next 145 years Plymouth Cordage would become the world’s largest ropemaker; in the Old West Plymouth Silk finish Lariat Rope was as famous as the Colt 45 revolver or the Stetson hat.

The first tourism trade came to Plymouth in the late 1800s but it was not until a fuss was manufactured over the 300th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620 that Plymouth and the Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving really staked out a homestead in American mythology. So while it continues to be an active port and fishing vessels still work the docks it is tourism that is the major industry in Plymouth today.

So dutifully, we will begin our tour at the repository for all things Pilgrim and then make our way down to the waterfront...

Lonely Planet Devon & Cornwall (Travel Guide)

By Lonely Planet & Belinda Dixon

Paperback (304 pages)

Lonely Planet Devon & Cornwall (Travel Guide)
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Lonely Planet: The world's leading travel guide publisher

Lonely Planet Devon & Cornwall is your passport to all the most relevant and up-to-date advice on what to see, what to skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Eat your way through the region's booming food scene, relax on a secluded beach, or go wild on a windswept moor; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Devon and Cornwall and begin your journey now!

Inside Lonely Planet's Devon & Cornwall Travel Guide:

  • Full-colour maps and images throughout
  • Highlights and itineraries show you the simplest way to tailor your trip to your own personal needs and interests
  • Insider tips save you time and money, and help you get around like a local, avoiding crowds and trouble spots
  • Essential info at your fingertips - including hours of operation, phone numbers, websites, transit tips, and prices
  • Honest reviews for all budgets - including eating, sleeping, sight-seeing, going out, shopping, and hidden gems that most guidebooks miss
  • Cultural insights give you a richer and more rewarding travel experience - including history, art, wildlife and cuisine
  • Over sixty colour maps
  • Useful features - including Walking/Driving/Cycling Tours, Travel with Children, Month by Month (annual festival calendar)
  • Coverage of Exeter, Torquay, Plymouth, Dartmoor, St Ives, Penzance, Newquay, Isles of Scilly, and more

The Perfect Choice: Lonely Planet Devon & Cornwall, our most comprehensive guide to Devon and Cornwall, is perfect for those planning to both explore the top sights and take the road less travelled.

  • Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out Lonely Planet's England guide.

Authors: Written and researched by Lonely Planet, Oliver Berry, Belinda Dixon.

About Lonely Planet: Started in 1973, Lonely Planet has become the world's leading travel guide publisher with guidebooks to every destination on the planet, as well as an award-winning website, a suite of mobile and digital travel products, and a dedicated traveller community. Lonely Planet's mission is to enable curious travellers to experience the world and to truly get to the heart of the places they find themselves in.

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'Lonely Planet guides are, quite simply, like no other.' - New York Times

'Lonely Planet. It's on everyone's bookshelves; it's in every traveller's hands. It's on mobile phones. It's on the Internet. It's everywhere, and it's telling entire generations of people how to travel the world.' - Fairfax Media (Australia)

Good newes from New England: Or, A Relation of things remarkeable in that Plantation

By Edward Winslow

J. MacLehose and Sons
Released: 2015-03-20
Kindle Edition (46 pages)

Good newes from New England: Or, A Relation of things remarkeable in that Plantation
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Edward Winslow (1595 – 1655) was a Separatist who traveled on the Mayflower in 1620. He was one of several senior leaders on the ship and also later at Plymouth Colony. Both Edward Winslow and his brother, Gilbert Winslow signed the Mayflower Compact. In Plymouth he served in a number of governmental positions such as assistant governor, three times was governor and also was the colony’s agent in London. In early 1621 he had been one of several key leaders that Governor Bradford depended on after the death of John Carver. He was the author of several important pamphlets, including Good Newes from New England or a True Relation of Things very Remarkable at the Plantation of Plimouth in New England. His writings, though fragmentary, are of the greatest value to the history of the Plymouth colony.

Plymouth DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Plymouth, England (European City Notebooks in Lists)

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This UK City Notebook is designed to inspire listmakers, curators and travelers to create their own city guide and city biography in list form and to journal the dickens out of their time in the city. This city notebooks is a do it (all) yourself notebook crafted for independent travelers and thinkers!

Plymouth is a brilliant city! Which begs the question, why not create your own city guide and keep a travel journal to help make your time there unforgettable, fun, and organized, eh?

You hold in your hands a journal and city guide re-invented for listmakers, curators, travelers, urban explorers and city locals alike! This notebook can help you keep all your important information about Plymouth organized and ready for when you need it and where you need it.

Use the pages of this notebook to document your adventures, experiences, thoughts, and memories. Have fun making lists of all the highlights and lowlights Plymouth has to offer. This is the perfect place to journal your time with boots on the ground in Plymouth! This is the perfect place to write down and organize everything you find fascinating about the city — which is why it's your diy city guide.

Make your time in the city more fun, more organized, more productive and more creative by making Plymouth DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Plymouth, England your newest and trustiest sidekick.


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