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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.

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Hire a car in Plymouth

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?
A. August.

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.

*Based on easyCar real booking data.

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Points of interest

The ultimate Plymouth road trip

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    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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Nautical past

A history at sea

Since the 16th century, Plymouth has played a key role in Britain's nautical history. The city's natural and safe harbour made it the ideal spot for the Royal Navy base.

A great number of seafarers helped put Plymouth on the map. National hero Francis Drake departed from the city's harbour to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588. Plymouth was also famously the last embarkation point for the Pilgrim Fathers, who sailed to the New World in 1620.

Today the Devonport district is the largest naval base in Western Europe. Visit the Royal William Yard for examples of Britain's finest collection of military buildings. At the Naval Heritage Centre you can take a tour on board a submarine and further discover the city's history. There are also a number of war memorials at Plymouth Hoe, which remember the nation's fallen naval officers.

Inside knowledge

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.


Smeatons Tower
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.

Royal Citadel
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.

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