🍂 Plymouth Through the Seasons.

Are you thinking of studying in Plymouth but are concerned that the city is too small? I have been studying in Plymouth for more than six years and there are always more things to discover! I came to Plymouth to start my undergraduate degree in September 2011, I am still here and I never plan on leaving. Plymouth has everything you could wish for, no matter the weather.

Winter in Plymouth

When you are a student in Plymouth you will never be stuck inside with “nothing to do” during the cold and wet months. Christmas is a special time here, with the centre of town lit up with Christmas lights and bustling with people visiting the Christmas markets. 

My favourite January winter warmer is to visit The Edgecumbe Arms in Cremyll, via the short passenger ferry leaving from Stonehouse. Plymouth Boat Trips offer a regular ferry service over to Mount Edgecumbe where you can enjoy a carvery in the cosy country pub, followed by a brisk walk around the Mount Edgecumbe country estate and gardens free of charge. You get fantastic views over Plymouth Sound from here!
 
‘Enjoying a walk on the beach in the winter sun before boarding the Cremyll ferry’.

 
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‘Enjoying a walk on the beach in the winter sun before boarding the Cremyll ferry’.

The National Marine Aquarium is a must see and a perfect place to keep out of the cold breeze we often have in Plymouth. They offer fantastic student rates and one ticket provides you with a year’s free entry, so you can return as many times as you want. I studied Ocean Science BSc, so the aquarium was a fantastic experience for me, but I would definitely recommend it to all. 

Spring

We are finally getting some warmer and lighter days, but we can still get taken by surprise by the ever changing weather. I would recommend heading down to the Barbican where you can enjoy covered outdoor seating with patio heaters to take the chill off. This is my favourite place to spend a weekend, enjoying a drink overlooking the harbour and watching the world go by. The perfect de-stress from studying! 

 
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 A view of Plymouth Barbican and Sutton Harbour’.

Summer

The Hoe is where it is at in the summer. Take a group of friends up for an afternoon BBQ and enjoy some sunbathing. You can climb Smeaton’s tower for a small charge and enjoy views over the entire city. Plymouth also hosts a live music event on the Hoe in midsummer, another recommendation. 

 
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‘Enjoying the sun on Plymouth Hoe and taking in the temporary Poppy installation last year’ 

Make the most of the beaches too. Bovisand is one of the closest sandy beaches, to the east of Plymouth sound, easily reached by car and bus. Whitsand bay is just over the Cornish border, best accessed using the Torpoint car ferry, and offers huge expansive sandy beaches which are definitely worth the journey.

Autumn

It’s the start of a new term and the weather is starting to turn, but who cares! You are reunited with your mates after a summer break and settling into your new accommodation. This is a time for visiting the bars and catching up on all the news and gossip.

If you are lucky enough to have a parking space with your student house, make sure you visit a few places a bit further afield. Looe is a quaint Cornish fishing village around 40 minutes’ drive away with lovely independent shops, a big sandy beach, lots of fish and chip shops and a brilliant spot for crabbing. 

Enjoy!