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Destination guide

Seafaring Plymouth

Life on the sea looms large in Plymouth, a town that was once the powerhouse of the British Navy. Seafood restaurants are everywhere – from chippies with battered cod to gourmet eateries with the finest snappers. Shanty pubs line the docks, their sailors now replaced with students. Aquariums and old marinas and seaside lidos all top the bill for things to do. It really is a city with one foot in the water and the other on the English South Coast. Bag your Plymouth holiday rentals to get a taste of the ocean spray this year.

Things to do

Ships and sharks in Plymouth

Wander the monumental parks of Plymouth Hoe and see the rejuvenated naval dockyards of Royal William Yard to get a sense of the sort of seafaring history that pervades this southern English city. Then, you're ready for slice of the wilder side of the ocean. You can dive into that at the National Marine Aquarium. It's hailed as the biggest in the whole of the UK, coming awash with shark tanks and underwater tunnels and a menagerie of curious marine beasts that go from Japanese sea nettles to seahorses to turtles.

Activities

Getting wet in Plymouth

If you've always wanted to get out on the waves to try your hand at tacking and turning the rudder, Plymouth is a fine place to begin. Yacht clubs and sailing schools seem ten a penny around the ports of the city, all ready to help you navigate the beautiful reaches of the south Devon coast. Prefer dry land? No worries. It's possible to get a flavour for the sea in the restaurants. Fish and chips are a must, of course, while other bistros will offer cooking classes and fine dining, all rooted in the ocean.

Weather

Plymouth's salt-washed summers

Plymouth holiday rentals are a ticket to a stay on the English South Coast. That's all fine and dandy in the summer, when the sun's shining, showers are occasional – you hope – and temperatures sit in the low 20s. In the winter, things can get stormy and wild, with regular rains and icy mercury levels. The upshot is that the months between June and August are the best time to wander the old naval yards and see the pretty marinas that abound.

Natural features

Plymouth to the Devon AONB

Delineated by two rivers – the Plym and the Tamar – and engulfed by a wide estuary, where the English Channel sloshes back and forth, Plymouth is a great base for exploring the southern side of Devon. In fact, the vast South Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty begins right where the city ends. It's home to its own Plymouth holiday rentals, with sea views and access to sandy beaches. In total, 40 marked walking routes wiggle around the reserve, crossing cliffs and wave-bashed bays aplenty.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Plymouth

Fly into Exeter (EXT-Exeter Intl.), the closest airport, located 40.5 mi (65.1 km) from the city centre.

If you're travelling by train, Plymouth Station, Devonport Station and Dockyard Station are the main stations in the area.

How many holiday rentals are available around Plymouth?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 815 holiday lettings around Plymouth. From 101 flats & apartments to 521 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a seaside property in Plymouth?

Waking up in the morning to sea views and the tidal rhythms of waves lapping at the shoreline. Isn't this the stuff holiday dreams are made of? HomeAway has 282 beachside holiday homes to pick from. Open to other ideas? HomeAway has loads more property options to check out, including:

  • 246 rural holiday accommodation options.
  • 186 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 141 beach holiday accommodation options.

Can I stay in Plymouth in a large group?

Whether you're embarking on a getaway with the whole family or spending a few nights away with your old school mates, it's always stacks of fun being under the same roof! The good news is that HomeAway has options to suit you. Cottage holiday rentals are the leading choice for larger sized groups, with 86 listed here. The holiday properties that are on offer for large groups in this area include:

  • Looking for places that can fit 6 guests? We have 193 that will suit. Prices begin from just £70 per night.
  • Need a place for 8 people? We have 79 that will suit. You can get one for as little as £97 a night.
  • Planning a trip away with a group of 5? We have 53 rental accommodation that will be ideal. Prices begin at just £65 a night.

So never fear! When you book with us you'll be able to bring your mom, your brother and all your pals to Plymouth.