Living in Plymouth, England:
Tips for Moving and Visiting

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If you've been wondering what it's like to live in or visit Plymouth, the Crowdsourced Explorer community can help. We asked ten people living in Plymouth what someone who is considering moving to or visiting there should know. Here are their pros and cons, tips, and advice:

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Transport links to the City via train can sometimes be severely disrupted in bad weather due to there being only one train line in and out of the County. This train lines also happens to run alongside the Coast and in rough weather waves can come across the line.

Abigail, says: 2020

Plymouth is beside the sea and is very historic. It is popular with tourists in summer as Plymouth Hoe is beautiful and has many scenic places. Plymouth is called the Ocean City and is in Devon, however only a short distance from Cornwall. Plymouth has very good link roads to the M5 taking you North to areas such as Exeter and Bristol.

Plymouth is a beautiful coastal city. It is on the county border of Devon and Cornwall. There are many activities that a visiting tourist can do such as rock climbing, windsurfing and visiting art galleries. However, one should keep in mind the weather as it can be fickle at times.

Plymouth is a rapidly evolving City. It has an increasing population of newly arrived individuals and families who are starting to put down roots. The skyline is also beginning to change, with the development of new buildings in the City Centre. The evolution has been difficult for some and there has been resistance towards the arrival of refugees and asylum seekers. However, local charities are working hard to develop opportunities for diverse groups to work in partnership and develop a mutual respect.

In the United Kingdom, it is called the gateway to the ocean, due to the long history the city has with maritime and naval activity. It was from this city that the Mayflower sailed with the first European colonists to settle what is now known as the United States of America.

Ayesha, says: 2020

A person should consider the beauty of hidden places and the ambience a seaside town can bring. Plymouth can be frustratingly boring, with little in the form of activities to participate in. However, there are some beautiful secret treasures in Plymouth; one mysteriously called ‘Devil’s Point’. Overlooking the Hoe and the Barbican, Drake’s Island and a vast expanse of sea, Devil’s Point is where one can go to unwind from the ever-exhausting cycle of modern life.

Rebecca, says: 2020

There is not much to be known. It does not suffer from the problems that many other cities do. There are clear and concise road signs and the layout is very easy to navigate. However, the public transport service is somewhat inconsistent as routes will change a lot, as small changes are made.

Daniele, says: 2020

Plymouth is a lively seaside city with an active, welcoming community. The eclectic mix of architectural styles seen throughout the city reflects Plymouth’s post-Blitz efforts to rebuild; turn a corner and you may find Brutalist architecture sat by side with brightly painted terrace houses. Likewise, the people of Plymouth are a diverse group.

Plymouth is a coastal city, therefore people who wish to move to Plymouth should be prepared for harsh weather. The smell of the rotting seaweed that washes upon the shore is most unpleasant. For a final precaution, I would urge people to beware of the waste that can be seen littered across the streets.

Plymouth is the Ocean city with so much more to give. It is a beautiful location with access to rolling fields, a bustling city filled with shops and plenty of transportation means. You can easily travel from Plymouth to any other place in the world via planes, trains, cars and even by foot. Plymouth is a city in which you could never get bored of thanks to the huge multitude of activities and interesting locations.

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