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arriving by ship in Plymouth - excursion or not?

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arriving by ship in Plymouth - excursion or not?

We will be with RCCL and in Plymouth from 8 am to 5 pm one day in April. We are experienced cruisers and have done some excursions in the past. Most of the time, we regret paying the ship to herd us around like cattle and wish we had just done our own thing. However, we also realize that it is not feasible in some locations. Any advice? You should know that my Mom can't walk very far, she has MS, and also, we will have a four year old with us. Thanks for any suggestions!

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1. Re: arriving by ship in Plymouth - excursion or not?

Hi Plymouth has a big marine history with one of the UKs remaining navy dockyards at Devonport - for trips it depends where your ship comes in as to your access for your mom & 4 y/o around the city ...

Within Plymouth there are currently 37 scheduled ancient monuments. Although the majority of these monuments are connected with the defence of the city, such as the Palmerston Forts, Drake’s Island and Plymouth Castle, others reflect the city’s earlier history such as Worth’s Bone Cave in Cattedown and Burrow Hill Round Barrow in Plymstock.

There are 15 conservation areas in Plymouth, such as The Hoe and Devonport. conservation areas are designated by Plymouth City Council because they are considered as areas of special architectural or historic interest that it is desirable to preserve or enhance. All of these conservation areas are valued for their special unique character. The Council is pledged to protect and enhance these areas to retain their distinctive layout and character.

From plymouth.gov.uk/homepage/leisureandtourism/t…

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2. Re: arriving by ship in Plymouth - excursion or not?

Hi jandktowers. Check and see if your ship docks within easy walking distance to the Mayflower Steps on the Barbican in Plymouth. Its nothing spectacular but it was the last place the Pilgrims left from and the Barbican itself is a nice place to sit and relax and watch the world go by.

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the child might like the Marine acquarium http://www.national-aquarium.co.uk/

Reasonable shops in Plymouth but rather spread out even for the fit. Much of the city centre/dockyard area was bombed in the second world war so don't expect historic buildings.

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4. Re: arriving by ship in Plymouth - excursion or not?

been thinking about this and wondering if you'd like to hire a car and go a bit further afield. Dartmoor national park is at most half an hour drive away (even if its Easter and the roads are busy) or Looe beach is close and Looe is quite pretty. Car hire is likly to be about 30 pounds - online quote

http://www.1car1.com/car-hire/plymouth.htm

Please note I'm not recommending that company - there are lots of hire firms that can provide cars, that just gives you an easy idea of price. I have no experience of car hire companies in Plymouth.

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5. Re: arriving by ship in Plymouth - excursion or not?

I personally think that you may be pushd for time with a hire car, as you must allow time to collect / drop & get back to ship. Personally I think best to stay local to the Plymouth area given the details you stated. There are plenty taxi firms who can take you to centre & may even arrange to take you to other places during the day. It will probably be cheaper in total than an escorted tour, which will involve a few hours travelling to Exeter, Dartmouth etc, etc.

I will look at suitable suggestions & advise accordingly.

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6. Re: arriving by ship in Plymouth - excursion or not?

Hi FInd out where the tender drops you - it will probably be in one of the marinas, which are in the main harbour. If not, the other marinas are only a 5 min drive from the centre/hoe/barbican. I live in Plymouth and there is loads to do for both the oldies and littlies ( I have a 4 year old too so Know what it takes to please all!!). For mum, the Barbican has loads of quaint shops to browse in, with plenty of nice little bars and cafes and restaurants to eat in. There is a lovely harbour feeling to the Barbican waterfront, and you can waste an hour or two just watching the boats go by. From the Barbican, you can cross the bridge to the National Marine Aquarium which takes a couple of hours to look around and also has a soft play area to tire little one out a bit.

If you head uphill from the Barbican, a 10 minute walk will bring you to the Hoe. This is the seafront area and is nice for a stroll and an icecream. If you walk right along to the end, there is a little park with kiddies rides, which will be open if it is a weekend. Up on the hill above the Hoe, there is the Smeatons Tower, which my little one loves to climb up and gives a great view of the area.

The city centre is about 10 minute walk from the Barbican, however it is not v exciting unless you need shopping - typical UK stores.

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7. Re: arriving by ship in Plymouth - excursion or not?

I'd agree with the above suggestions - the marine centre is nice, esp for children - the Hoe is pretty, and the whole area is reasonably accessible from most of the docks. Looe is, in my opinion, too far for a day. What are the excursions are on offer - there is lots of lovely countryside and coast in the local area - the South Hams are within easy reach and very pretty, but perhaps a bit dull for the littlie! There is an ice rink and (not brilliant, but ok) pool in Plymouth if that has any appeal for him!

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