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Plymouth


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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