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A Snapshot into.. Plymouth

  • February 03, 2020

Plymouth, ‘Britain’s Ocean City’, is located on the coast of southwest England. It has a population of 234, 982 and is known for it’s heritage and harbourside which is home to the National Marine Aquarium and several marinas.

Facts about Plymouth

  • The Pilgrim Fathers left from Plymouth! Back in 1620, the Mayflower set sail from Plymouth docks, headed for the New World. Those aboard the ship went on to establish the second English Colony, the USA.
  • The Plymouth Gin Distillery, opened in 1793, is the oldest working gin distillery in England
  • Sir Francis Drake, a famous sea captain and the first person to solely captain an expedition circumnavigated the world,was born in Plymouth.
  • In 1919, Nancy Astor became the first woman Member of Parliament, representing the constituency of Sutton in Plymouth
  • The main retail area of Plymouth was largely destroyed during the Second World War. Sir Patrick Abercrombie and James Paton Watson designed the ‘Plan for Plymouth’ and the resulting retail centre is now one of the best examples of 1950s architecture in the world
  • Tom Daley, famous British Olympic diver, was born and learnt to dive in Plymouth.

Cost of living in Plymouth

Renting Accommodation Per Month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, three courses


Cinema Tickets for two people


One Month Gym Membership


Tennis Court Rental for 1 Hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it takes to Travel by Train from Plymouth to other Cities in the UK

Manchester: 5 Hours 10 Minutes

Newcastle: 6 Hours 23 Minutes

Birmingham: 3 Hours 33 Minutes

London: 3 Hours 13 Minutes

Liverpool: 5 Hours 21 Minutes

Edinburgh: 8 Hours 20 Minutes

Bristol: 2 Hours 4 Minutes

Cardiff: 3 Hours 27 Minutes

Education in Plymouth

Plymouth has a diverse educational estate with 99 schools including 72 primary schools and 16 secondary schools. Around 89% of two year olds are taking up free early education places, which is significantly higher than the national (68%). Most schools in the Plymouth area have received an Ofsted rating of ‘good’ with some also receiving a rating of ‘outstanding’. The University of Plymouth has a thriving international community of 3,000 students from over 100 countries studying full and part time programmes at the University.

Things to do in Plymouth

National Marine Aquarium

Located in the city next to the Barbican and fishmarket lies the UK’s largest aquarium, offering superb educational programs and displays. Exhibits cover all of the worlds oceans with over 70 species of sharks

Royal Parade and Drake Circus

Plymouth has a lively  and bustling city centre with a variety of retail avenues. Just off of Royal Parade, is Drake Circus, a pedestrian zone with passageway of shops, restaurants, cinemas and even a mini-golf adventure park.

Crown Hill Fort

Built in the 1860’s, Crownhill fort is the largest and best preserved of Plymouths Victorian Forts. Here you can find and explore cannons, tunnels, ramparts and moats and you can take part in numerous historic re-enactments as well as guided tours.

Mount Batten Water sports and Activity Centre

The Mount Batten centre is open all year round and welcomes families, friends, individuals and schools to participate in many water and land based activities. From sailing to stand up paddle boarding, kayaking to multi-adventure days there’s something for everyone here.

Plymouth Snowsports Centre

One of the first things you will see when entering Plymouth is the large ski slope and Snowsports Centre.  Plymouth Snowsports Centre is a year round venue for 650m of exhilarating Tobogganing at the Cresta Run, Tubing, Viper Drop, lift passes, and ski or snowboard lessons. The Centre features 4 slopes and a button lift, offering unrivaled riding in the West Country. The Alpine Lodge serves Coffee and has a good selection of freshly prepared hot and cold meals. Set in the peaks of Plymouth, the centre overlooks the beautiful Plym valley. With cascading scenery of lush greenery, it's the perfect view without any interruptions.

Relocation to Plymouth

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