🛥️ What Makes Plymouth, Plymouth?

I’ve been studying in Plymouth for nearly 7 years and I absolutely love it here! Plymouth is a unique city and I’m going to run down a few things that make it a perfect place to live and study…

Drake Circus

Let’s start in the centre, in the heart of the city (although the city really does have many ‘hearts’). Drake Circus shopping centre is a relatively new addition to Plymouth, and it houses a whole host of retail outlets that you would expect to see on the high street all under one roof, right next to the University. Drake Circus holds a student shopping night every year, keeping its stores open late and offering extra discounts specifically for students. This is an event that you shouldn’t miss, both for the bargains and for the atmosphere, they set up a DJ on the ground floor which can be heard throughout the shopping centre. 

Naval History

To the west of the city you will find the Navy docks and Royal William Yard. You can see part of the navy docks from the water by taking a river cruise tour on the river Tamar. You can catch these from the Barbican landing stage run by Plymouth Boat trips and they are well worth a trip!

Royal William Yard is another popular eating and drinking destination housed in the old Navy store buildings. These restaurants and bars have heaps of character and are perfectly situated to enjoy a post dinner walk along the waterfront. 
You can often see Navy vessels out in Plymouth Sound, perfectly viewed from the high point of Plymouth Hoe. They pass across the front of the Hoe when making passage in or out of the docks so you can see them surprisingly close up. A perfect spot for any Navy or marine vessel fanatics. 
 

 
 ‘A view of Plymouth Barbican from the opposite side of the water – on the left are two of the vessels used for Naval dock boat tours’

‘A view of Plymouth Barbican from the opposite side of the water – on the left are two of the vessels used for Naval dock boat tours’

 

Plymouth Barbican

The true heart of the city, in my opinion, is the Barbican. This Barbican has a huge array of bars and restaurants, as well as gorgeous independent stores. It’s the perfect place to find gorgeous gifts (or a little post hand in or exam treat for yourself). 
The Barbican is definitely my go to place whatever mood I’m in. It’s perfect for relaxing and easing away stresses looking out into the harbour, as well as providing a bustling upbeat atmosphere in the bars. 
 

 
  ‘Some of the yummy dishes served up at China House on Plymouth Barbican’


‘Some of the yummy dishes served up at China House on Plymouth Barbican’

 

Beaches

If you travel east you will find Bovisand, Jennycliff and Wembury beaches all along the South West Coast path. If you love walking, or perhaps a quieter lounge on the beach with a BBQ, this is absolutely the place for you. In the winter you’ll want your wetsuit for a swim or to try your hand at some spear fishing – this is a popular spot for it! 

Be sure to make the most of the city – there are many more places to explore!