The English city of Plymouth, nestled in the beautiful Devon countryside, has roots dating back to the Bronze Age. But it's the maritime history of lively Plymouth that earned it fame and fortune. Explore the stunning waterfront during a break on the south coast and re-live some of the area's proud history.
Sandwiched between the rivers Plym and Tamar, Plymouth is surrounded by water. Visitors are drawn to the Barbican area of the city by the sound of the lapping sea, a buzzing water-side social scene, historic buildings and modern attractions. The area was largely untouched by Second World War bombs, unlike many other parts of Plymouth, so it's the place to see the city's celebrated past.
Book Plymouth hotels to explore the wealth of history in the area, or to combine a fun city break with time spent among the landscapes of lovely Devon; the Tamar Valley is easily accessed from the city and Dartmoor is a short hike from Plymouth.
Hotels in Plymouth range from comfortable and stylish luxury hotels, to charming little B&Bs and guesthouses, to a variety of good-value chain hotels providing accommodation in the middle of the market. If you like to stay with a brand you trust, look out for Holiday Inn, Jury's Inn, Travelodge, Premier Inn and Best Western.
The waterfront areas of the Barbican and The Hoe are lovely central spots in which to book a hotel, with others a little further inland being close to shops, restaurants and bars.
The suburb of Plympton features a number of good-quality hotels, though it's a little far out to easily walk into central Plymouth.
Top five attractions
A lively, historical and beautiful part of the city with shops, bars and restaurants for visitors to enjoy.
Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
If maritime history is on your list of things to discover, prepare to put a giant tick next to it here.
A small but compelling museum that offers an insight into Plymouth's past.
National Marine Aquarium
This is the UK's biggest aquarium and it houses 400 species from around the world as well as the largest fish tank imaginable at 2.5million litres!
An Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and home to some of Britain's finest scenery; you'll also find the 700-year-old Buckland Abbey here - once the home of legendary seafarer Sir Francis Drake.
Plymouth Race Week; July/August: This biennial regatta is swiftly gathering pace as one of the most exciting races in Europe. Fans get close-up views of the action as competitors swirl the courses below.
Classic Boat Rally; July/August: For more than a quarter of a century these fine old ladies of the ocean have been gathering to demonstrate what they can do. The day before racing begins is the best opportunity to take a close look at some gloriously lavish classic boats.
British Fireworks Championships; August: For two nights the world's best fireworks display teams battle it out to be crowned the most entertaining provider of flashes and bangs. This is a spectacle like no other. Make sure that you stick to your vantage spot once you've found it though - the crowds compete for space as dusk arrives.