Dangers & Annoyances
Plymouth is a relatively safe city. A few places can get rowdy late at night on weekends, such as the club strip on Union St, the Barbican area and the student zone of North Hill.
Emergency & Important Numbers
Plymouth’s area code is 01752. Drop the initial 0 if you're calling from abroad.
|Britain (& UK) country code||44|
|International access code||00|
|Emergency (police, fire, ambulance, coastguard)||112 or 999|
Gay & Lesbian Travellers
Many of the city's accommodation and cafes provide wi-fi, often for free. Plymouth Library has internet access and free wi-fi.
Plymouth's opening hours are fairly consistent year-round. Variations tend to involve outdoor attractions and activities; Tinside Lido is summer only, and some (but not all) boat trips stop in winter.
Banks 9.30am–5pm Monday to Saturday
Pubs & bars Noon–11pm or midnight Monday to Saturday (many to 1am or 2am Friday and Saturday), often 10pm Sunday
Shops 9am–5.30pm (or 6pm) Monday to Saturday, often 10am or 11am to 4pm or 5pm Sunday. Convenience stores 6am–11pm
Restaurants Lunch noon–3pm, dinner 6pm–9pm or 10pm
Travel with Children
With some top child-friendly attractions and a wonderful outdoor pool, Plymouth is a family-friendly city. Summer is especially appealing – a greater number of boat rides operate and there's ample opportunity for getting out on the water.
Accommodation & Facilities
The bigger city hotels welcome families with children, often providing cots or put-up beds. Some B&Bs will be able to fit extra beds in too.
The city’s Drake Circus shopping centre, the bigger attractions and department stores all have good baby-changing facilities. Many cafes, especially around the Hoe and waterfront, offer reasonable children's menus.
Child-friendly Sights & Activities
National Marine Aquarium Hugely youngster-friendly displays and information, plus sharks, rays and Nemo-esque fish.
Tinside Lido Superb hot-weather fun; includes child-friendly shallows and swim aids.
Plymouth Hoe Broad water-view park includes Pitch & Putt golf and, at West Hoe, a pirate-themed play zone (expect crazy golf and remote-controlled boats and cars).
Smeaton's Tower All age groups enjoy clambering up this lighthouse.
Plymouth Boat Trips Entertaining warship cruises and, via the Cawsand Ferry, a boat ride to a sandy beach.
Mount Batten Centre Older kids and teenagers can learn to sail, stand-up paddleboard and kayak.
Tourist Office On the Barbican. Local leaflets aplenty, plus free accommodation-booking service and advance tickets for many attractions.
Travellers with Disabilities
As elsewhere in England, Plymouth's newer buildings have wheelchair access, and often other provision for differing abilities. Efforts have also been made to convert some older, historic properties, but these can be hard to adapt.
The city’s newer buses have low floors for easy access. Many taxis, especially the black cabs, are set up to carry wheelchairs or have extra room in the back.