The city of Plymouth is located around 37 miles south west of Exeter and 190 miles south west of London and is home to a large number of schools ranging from primary school to University. This is a huge draw for families that are looking for new homes in Plymouth as great schools and commuter links are on offer. Plymouth is a port city located on the south coast of Devon, known for its maritime heritage and historic Barbican district with narrow, cobbled streets.
Living and buying property in Plymouth
Plymouth is home to a large number of educational facilities with 71 state primary schools, 13 state secondary schools, eight specialist schools and three selective state grammar schools. The city is also home to two large colleges- City College Plymouth and Plymouth College of Art. For those looking at further education, Plymouth is also home to The University of St Mark & St John which specialises is teacher training and of course, The University of Plymouth.
There is plenty of transport in and around Plymouth and it also has key connecting lines with the rest of the country. This is important for those looking for new homes in Plymouth that may be relocating or that travel often for work. The A38 dual carriageway is the main link for the city for travelling both east and west and the M5 is around 40 miles away, just near Exeter. Within the city there are several bus services including the park and ride to make it easy to travel in and around. For travel further afield Plymouth has a regular ferry service with Brittany Ferries, has its own airport Plymouth City Airport and offers travel from Plymouth Railway Station.
Plymouth has many popular landmarks and tourist attractions around the city, which show off its rich history. One of the popular areas to visit in Plymouth is The Barbican, an area that contains 100 listed buildings and the highest concentration of cobbled streets in Britain. Another popular monument is the Armada Memorial on Plymouth Hoe; built in 1888 the monument celebrates the tercentenary of the defeat of the Spanish Armada. In addition to these there are several other landmarks and historical sites to see in Plymouth with Elliot Terrace, The Mayflower Steps Memorial and Smeaton’s tower to name just a few.
Plymouth is also home to a number of sporting clubs, the most popular being Plymouth Argyle F.C. who play in Football League One. The city also has four non-league football clubs: Plymouth Parkway F.C., Elburton Villa F.C., Vospers Oak Villa F.C. and Plymstock United F.C. who all play in the South West Peninsula League. Among football there are also a number of other sporting clubs in the city including Plymouth Albion R.F.C (rugby), Plymouth Raiders (basketball), Plymouth Devils (motorcycle speedway), the Plymouth Cricket Club and Plymouth Marjons Hockey Club. Along with these sports, the city is a centre for water sports such as scuba diving and sailing. The Port of Plymouth Regatta is one of the oldest regattas in the world and has been held since 1823.
Things To Do
As Plymouth is a waterfront city, there are a number of marinas, ports and docks around. This offers up a range of boat trips and rides from ferries to France to night time cruises to fishing trips. Plymouth hosts the annual ABB Barbican Raft Race each May which allows teams to build a raft to race on the waterfront and fancy dress is a must. There is plenty more to do down on the waterfront including museums, ghost walks, shops, pubs and restaurants. In addition, there is also the option to go sailing, diving, cannoning and more! So whether you fancy an action packed day or just a drink by the sea, Plymouth has it all- a huge draw for those people looking for a new home in Plymouth.
Also down on the waterfront is The National Marine Aquarium. The aquarium is the largest in the UK and takes you on a journey from local waters all the way to the Great Barrier Reef. The aquarium plays host to a number of different animals with over 4,000 in total. This includes turtles, sharks, octopuses, fish and much more! The aquarium also offers a range of exciting ‘adventures’ for your visit; these include Sleeping with Sharks (a sleepover in the aquarium), Murder Mystery Nights, Aquarium Nights Series (exploring the aquarium at night) and more.
Dartmoor Zoo is also up to be explored and just a few miles from the centre of the city. The zoo is home to 72 mammals, 38 birds, 21 reptiles, 16 invertebrates and 5 amphibians. This includes a host of favourites such as: lions, tigers, meerkats, zebras, monkeys, snakes and more. The site also offers weddings, birthday parties and corporate events as the zoo is set in 33 acres of beautiful woodland. There are also a range of activities that go on throughout the day, which includes animal feeds, close encounters and falconry displays.
For a little more entertainment why not pay a visit to the Plymouth Arts Centre which offers a range of contemporary art, cinema and creative learning. People looking to buy new build homes in Plymouth can be sure that there is plenty of things going on. You can visit the latest art exhibition, the open-air cinema or take your little ones along to be creative. Or maybe you pay a visit to the Theatre Royal to watch a show or take one of their backstage tours. For live music and comedy events, basketball matches, festivals and the ice rink, Plymouth Pavilions in the place to check out.
With the second largest shopping centre in the West after Bristol, Plymouth will be the perfect for you if you need your regular dose of retail therapy. Its city centre offers a various range of shopping options, from independent shops in the Independent Quarter to national and high street brands in Drake Circus, Plymouth’s famous shopping centre. There is also a wide range of bars, restaurants, gigs and clubs around Plymouth for those evenings out. The Barbican, for instance, has a he range of restaurants many of which are right on the waterfront giving you beautiful views as you dine.
Devon is renowned for the Dartmoor National Park, with its beautiful scenery, rolling hills and outdoor activities. The park offers walks both short and long so, if you’re and experienced walker or not, everyone can enjoy the beauty Dartmoor has to offer. You can also take part in many outdoor activities in the park; this includes cycling, climbing, horse riding, camping and much more. If you want to explore more of the nature around Plymouth, there are many beautiful beaches nearby to visit. The nearby beaches include: Bantham Beach, Mothecombe Beach, Wembury Beach, Bovisand Beach and Whitsand Bay Beach, among many more. The beautiful nearby scenery is certainly a big draw when looking for new homes in Plymouth.