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There are over 7 locations where you can hire a car in Plymouth and the most popular location is Plymouth city centre.
Coldest month: January (6°C)
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The Mayflower Museum
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Finally, Plymouth's image is transforming to match its true character.
Since World War II, the city has slowly revamped itself, dramatically changing appearance as well as attitude. Overcoming its bland and concrete face, Britain's ocean city has developed a vibrant waterfront that honours its rich maritime history, and distinct districts each with its own enticing attractions.
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Frequently asked questions
Q. What is the most popular rental length in Plymouth?
A. Five to six days.
Q. When is the most popular time to rent a car in Plymouth?
Q. What's the best value car hire brand in Plymouth?
A. Europcar is the cheapest car rental brand in Plymouth, offering cars from just £8 per day.
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Points of interest
Much of this area was devastated by bombing during World War II, so you will find few old buildings. It contains a healthy mix of entertainment venues, including the famous Theatre Royal and Athenaeum Theatre. The Drake Circus Centre is a fully pedestrianised zone with plenty of shops and restaurants.
Quaint cobbled street and a picturesque harbour make this one the city's more popular places to visit. Teeming with quirky independent stores, galleries and cafes, it is a fine spot by the watersedge. Here, you will also find the significant Mayflower Steps - the Pilgrim Fathers' departure point - as well as the Elizabethan House.
Located west of the city centre, Devonport was formerly known as Plymouth Dock. It was the importance of the dockyards here that made the city a target during World War II. This district is still home to many of Britain's navy vessels. Take a hike through the Devonport Heritage Trail, for some naval related sightseeing.
The ultimate Plymouth road trip
A port city on the South Coast of Devon.
Dartmoor National Park – 10km
A boundless moorland where ponies roam and trails are marked by Bronze Age stone circles.
Fowey – 65km
Historic harbour set in an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Newquay – 40km
One of England's most beloved seaside resort towns with a proper laid back atmosphere.
St Ives – 50km
Home of great surf beaches and the Tate St Ives modern gallery.
Sennen – 27km
The location of known as Land's End, the most westerly point of mainland England.
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Masters of gin
Plymouth's geography perhaps fated it from the beginning to become a gin-centric location.
The historic Black Friars Distillery has been producing the clear liquor since 1793, making it the oldest working gin distillery in England. The building itself dates back to the 1400s, when it was a monastery where the black friars offered alcoholic remedies as medical cures.
Plymouth Gin has long been synonymous with the British Royal Navy. Sailors were known for mixing their lime cordial rations – meant to combat scurvy – with gin, creating what we now call a Gimlet.
You can take tours of the distillery and learn about how seven botanical ingredients are balanced out to create the perfect flavour.
Plymouth also has several gin festivals that take place throughout the year.
This lighthouse is one of the south-west's most notable landmarks. Now the centerpiece of Plymouth Hoe, it was originally constructed on the Eddystone reef in 1759 but had to be moved stone by stone due to the erosion of the rock it was standing on. At 72 feet high, it provides excellent views of the city.
Mount Edgcumbe House
First built during the 1500s and restored after World War II, this was the former home of the Earls of Mount Edgcumbe. The Tudor mansion sits in a tender garden and has been featured in Oscar-winning films. To get there take the ferry service across the river.
A 17th-century fortress, it was one of England's most important coastal protections. Built to defend against the Dutch, it was an example of the latest military concepts at the time. Due to the fact it's still an operational military establishment, you must visit by taking a tour.