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Plymouth is a coastal city in Devon in Southwest England. The city is located between the mouths of the rivers Tamar and Plym, and is about 190 miles (310 kilometers) to the Southwest of London.

The city today has a population of approximately 250,000 people. The city is particularly known for its importance as a commercial shipping port, especially during the Industrial Revolution, and for its importance to the Royal Navy for shipbuilding and as a dockyard. The Royal Navy Base in Plymouth, HMNB Devonport, is the largest operational naval base in Western Europe (formerly known as "HMS Drake").

Key Facts about Plymouth

Here are some key facts about Plymouth:
  1. Plymouth is a city in Devon in Southwestern England.

  2. As of the 2011 census, Plymouth had a population of 256,384.

  3. Plymouth has a well-established reputation as a commercial shipping port.

  4. Plymouth is home to HMNB Devonport, the largest operating naval base in Western Europe, and an important centre of shipbuilding, as well as a dockyard, for the Royal Navy.

  5. The University of Plymouth is the 9th largest university in the UK (by number of students). The University has over 30,000 students, and nearly 3,000 staff.

  6. Plymouth's main road connection is the A38 dual-carriageway. The A38 runs East to West across the North of Plymouth. To the East, the A38 connects to the M5 motorway. To the East, the A38 connects to Devon and Cornwall via the Tamar Bridge (the longest suspension bridge in England).

  7. Plymouth is connected by rail to the CrossCountry Network. Additionally, the city is home to a number of smaller stations and local train services.

  8. Ferry services from Plymouth provide links to France and Spain.

  9. Until 2011, Plymouth was served by Plymouth City Airport, which was about 4 miles (6.4 kilometers) North of the city centre. This aiport however closed in December 2011, and the nearest airports are now Exeter International Aiport and Newquay Cornwall Airport.

Weather in Plymouth

Like other parts of Southwest England, Plymouth has a temperate oceanic climate. Generally speaking, the region is on average milder and wetter than other the average for England, and the moderating effect of the sea, also means that seasonal variations is somewhat less marked than other parts of the UK.

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Good newes from New England: Or, A Relation of things remarkeable in that Plantation

By Edward Winslow

J. MacLehose and Sons
Released: 2015-03-20
Kindle Edition (46 pages)

Good newes from New England: Or, A Relation of things remarkeable in that Plantation
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Edward Winslow (1595 – 1655) was a Separatist who traveled on the Mayflower in 1620. He was one of several senior leaders on the ship and also later at Plymouth Colony. Both Edward Winslow and his brother, Gilbert Winslow signed the Mayflower Compact. In Plymouth he served in a number of governmental positions such as assistant governor, three times was governor and also was the colony’s agent in London. In early 1621 he had been one of several key leaders that Governor Bradford depended on after the death of John Carver. He was the author of several important pamphlets, including Good Newes from New England or a True Relation of Things very Remarkable at the Plantation of Plimouth in New England. His writings, though fragmentary, are of the greatest value to the history of the Plymouth colony.

South Devon and Dartmoor: Local, characterful guides to Britain's special places (Bradt Slow Travel)

By Hilary Bradt

Bradt Travel Guides
Released: 2018-06-07
Paperback (248 pages)

South Devon and Dartmoor: Local, characterful guides to Britain s special places (Bradt Slow Travel)
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This new second edition of South Devon and Dartmoor is part of Bradt's distinctive ‘Slow travel' series of guides to UK regions, offering in-depth exploration of one of England's most popular areas, a part of the country that has deep, historic ties with the USA. Written by resident experts Hilary Bradt and Janice Booth, it is the essential companion guide to discovering not just the obvious and most popular sites, but also for getting off the beaten track.

South Devon has many links with the USA. The port city of Plymouth is where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail from on the Mayflower in 1620 (a wide range of events is in the pipeline to mark the 400th anniversary in 2020). The region was also the birthplace of several US-connected sons, including Sir Francis Drake and Sir Walter Raleigh, while in more recent times it was the site of the ill-fated and little-known ‘Exercise Tiger' during World War 2, in which up to 1,000 American lives are thought to have been lost. And for family history enthusiasts, the guide's detailed descriptions of village churches are used by visiting genealogists searching for ancestors from Devon.

Colourful and witty writing, along with the authors' enthusiasm for their subject, makes reading the guide a pleasure. Much of the information has appeared in no other guidebook as the authors uncover the lesser-known charms of the region and different aspects of the more popular places, together with colourful characters from the past, folk history, and literary links from Agatha Christie to Conan Doyle. Discover the region's new whisky distillery; learn what really goes on at a wassail gathering; find out what you should do if you're harassed by pixies on Dartmoor; and discover unique local events like the annual Orange Race held in Totnes.

The guide has a special emphasis on car-free travel: walking, cycling and river boats, as well as local buses and trains. Local food is covered, while accommodation and places to eat and drink have been hand-selected with additional advice from a Devon-based tour operator, from idyllically located campsites to stylish boutique B&Bs.

A Walking Tour of Plymouth, Massachusetts (Look Up, America!)

By Doug Gelbert

Cruden Bay Books
Released: 2010-07-10
Kindle Edition (22 pages)

A Walking Tour of Plymouth, Massachusetts (Look Up, America!)
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There is no better way to see America than on foot. And there is no better way to appreciate what you are looking at than with a walking tour. Whether you are preparing for a road trip or just out to look at your own town in a new way, a downloadable walking tour from is ready to explore when you are.

Each walking tour describes historical and architectural landmarks and provides pictures to help out when those pesky street addresses are missing. Every tour also includes a quick primer on identifying architectural styles seen on American streets.

Plymouth, the oldest town in Massachusetts, actually began settlement on board the Mayflower that brought 102 settlers from England in 1620. That first winter conditions were too harsh to make much headway on shore; only fifty-two of the English separatists who had broken away from the Church of England survived. The town they built served as the capital of Plymouth Colony (which consisted of modern-day Barnstable, Bristol, and Plymouth Counties) from its founding until 1691, when the colony was annexed by the Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Plymouth grew up mostly as a fishing and whaling town. Industry was limited to a few mills and forges and small factories. In the early 1800s two of those factories were ropewalks providing rigging and rope for ships. In 1824, 34-year old Bourne Spooner, a Plymouth native who learned the ropemaking trade in New Orleans, chartered a new company on a 130-foot frontage of Plymouth Harbor. Over the next 145 years Plymouth Cordage would become the world’s largest ropemaker; in the Old West Plymouth Silk finish Lariat Rope was as famous as the Colt 45 revolver or the Stetson hat.

The first tourism trade came to Plymouth in the late 1800s but it was not until a fuss was manufactured over the 300th anniversary of the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620 that Plymouth and the Pilgrims and the First Thanksgiving really staked out a homestead in American mythology. So while it continues to be an active port and fishing vessels still work the docks it is tourism that is the major industry in Plymouth today.

So dutifully, we will begin our tour at the repository for all things Pilgrim and then make our way down to the waterfront...

Ghosts of Plymouth, Massachusetts (Haunted America)

By Darcy H. Lee

The History Press
Released: 2018-10-20
Kindle Edition (131 pages)

Ghosts of Plymouth, Massachusetts (Haunted America)
Product Description:
Centuries of horror and hauntings: An award-winning look at the dark history of the town where the Pilgrims landed. Includes photos!
Plymouth is known worldwide as “America’s Hometown,” landing place of the Pilgrims in 1620 and home of the first Thanksgiving. But the real story of the town is a tale of grim beginnings, plague, desperation, massacre, murder and fear.
A ghostly Victorian couple is known to wander Burial Hill. A shocking crime on Leyden Street, one of the oldest streets in America, still haunts the area. The crew of the brigantine General Arnold, trapped offshore during an icy eighteenth-century blizzard, are suspected to haunt not one but three locations. In this fascinating tour of the New England landmark, Darcy H. Lee exposes the haunting acts that lie beneath Plymouth’s cherished history.
Silver Medal, 2018 Independent Publisher Award for Regional Non-Fiction E-Book
Finalist, 2018 Eric Hoffer Book Award
Finalist, 2018 International Book Awards History: General Category

Plymouth DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Plymouth, England (European City Notebooks in Lists)

By Younghusband European City Notebooks

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Plymouth DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Plymouth, England (European City Notebooks in Lists)
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This UK City Notebook is designed to inspire listmakers, curators and travelers to create their own city guide and city biography in list form and to journal the dickens out of their time in the city. This city notebooks is a do it (all) yourself notebook crafted for independent travelers and thinkers!

Plymouth is a brilliant city! Which begs the question, why not create your own city guide and keep a travel journal to help make your time there unforgettable, fun, and organized, eh?

You hold in your hands a journal and city guide re-invented for listmakers, curators, travelers, urban explorers and city locals alike! This notebook can help you keep all your important information about Plymouth organized and ready for when you need it and where you need it.

Use the pages of this notebook to document your adventures, experiences, thoughts, and memories. Have fun making lists of all the highlights and lowlights Plymouth has to offer. This is the perfect place to journal your time with boots on the ground in Plymouth! This is the perfect place to write down and organize everything you find fascinating about the city — which is why it's your diy city guide.

Make your time in the city more fun, more organized, more productive and more creative by making Plymouth DIY City Guide and Travel Journal: UK City Notebook for Plymouth, England your newest and trustiest sidekick.


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