Plymouth is a major port city located on the south coast of Devon, England. The port is approx 60 km (37 ml) southwest of Exeter and approx 310 km (190 ml) west-southwest of London. The port is located between the mouths of Plym River (to the east) and Tamar River (to the west). Here they both join to create the boundary with Cornwall.
The city covers a total area of approx 79,83 km2 (30,82 ml2) and has population of around 262,700 people (2015 census), making it the 30th most populous area in the UK and the 2nd-largest city in South West, after Bristol.
- The early history of Plymouth extends to the Bronze Age. The first settlement emerged during that time at Mount Batten and continued as Roman Empire's trading post, until it was surpassed by the prosperous village of Sutton established in the 9th century, now named Plymouth.
- In 1620, Pilgrim Fathers departed the city for the New World and founded Plymouth Colony, the 2nd English settlement in what is today the United States of America. The city was held by the Parliamentarians during the English Civil War and was besieged between 1642-1646.
- During the Industrial Revolution, the city of Plymouth grew as a major commercial shipping port. It handled passengers and imports from the Americas, and exported local minerals (copper, tin, lime, arsenic and china clay) while the neighbouring city of Devonport became a strategical Royal Naval dockyard and shipbuilding site.
- In 1914 a trio of neighbouring independent towns, the urban district of East Stonehouse and the county boroughs of Plymouth and Devonport, were merged to form a County Borough. The combined settlement took the name of Plymouth and achieved city status in 1928.
- The naval importance of the city later led to its partial destruction during WWII, an act famous as the Plymouth Blitz. The city centre was completely rebuilt after the war and subsequent expansion in 1967 led to incorporation of Plymstock and Plympton along with other outlying suburbs.
- Locally, Plymouth is governed by Plymouth City Council and nationally represented by 3 MPs. The economy of Plymouth remains strongly influenced by seafaring and shipbuilding. Ferry links are available to Brittany (St Malo and Roscoff) and Spain (Santander), but since the 1990s there is a tendency toward service-based economy.
Part of Port Plymouth is also HMNB Devonport - UK's (and Western Europe's) largest operational naval base. The abbrev "HMNB" stands for "Her Majesty's Naval Base, Devonport".
In January 2018, Port Plymouth became Devon England's second port (together with Torquay / Torbay) on the list of UK cruise ports The port officially announced joining CruiseBritain, and its ambition to become a major cruise ship travel destination by 2020. CruiseBritain represents cruisetour companies and UK seaports.
Highlights: The Hoe, Pilgrims Steps
Plymouth cruise terminal
Port Plymouth plans building a dedicated cruise terminal by the year 2020.
Port Plymouth's current passenger terminal serves both cruise ships and ferries. The facility is modern, with its own car parking area (complimentary) and dedicated to passenger ships berthing facilities. The terminal has cafe, bureaux de change (and ATMs), pay phones, public restrooms (including disabled toilets. Taxis at the terminal are also available.
The cruise port is surrounded by Plymouth Sound, Millbay Docks have a swinging / turning basin of 13 ha. The cruise / ferry berth can accommodate vessels with max LOA length 200 m / 656 ft. With the additional anchorage, vessel's length could be up to 300 m / 985 ft.
Port Plymouth cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Plymouth, England. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
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The Plymouth cruise port map is interactive. It shows the port's exact location, along with the real-time cruise ship traffic (if any) in its vicinity - today, and right now. By zooming-out you can see other cruise ship ports located near Plymouth, England.
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