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Destination Plymouth

  • Smeatons Tower
    Smeatons Tower
  • Plymouth Gin
    Plymouth Gin

Welcome to Britain’s Ocean City

Steeped in seafaring history, Plymouth is a stunning city in a beautiful waterfront setting.  Sandwiched between the rugged landscape of Dartmoor National Park and the incredible South West coastline, there’s something for every traveller to enjoy.

Whether you’re looking for family fun, history and culture, or simply a breath of fresh air, we’d be pleased to welcome you. Delve into our heritage, exploring the fascinating history of a city shaped by its past, or dive headfirst into a mouth-watering dining experience at one of our many fantastic restaurants.

If shopping is what you’re after, indulge in some retail therapy with top-brand names in Drake Circus, our large indoor mall, browse independent retailers and the 150 stall Plymouth Market in the West End of the city centre.

If you’re a history lover Plymouth has plenty to offer.  Stroll along The Barbican and Sutton Harbour, Plymouth’s historic heart and take in Plymouth as it would have looked when the Pilgrims set sail on the Mayflower. Visit the Mayflower Steps to see where they departed for the New World in 1620 and pay a visit to the Mayflower Museum to learn more about their journey.

The Barbican is also the home of Plymouth Gin and the historic Black Friars Distillery – the oldest working distillery in England! A visit to Plymouth wouldn’t be complete without a tour to learn about the city’s favourite tipple and you can even distil your own.

Take some time to enjoy one of the most impressive city parks in the country, Plymouth Hoe, with its wide open aspect and beautiful views over Plymouth Sound. Climb the 93 steps of red-and-white striped Smeaton’s Tower, which now stands proudly on the Hoe, offering incredible views of the city and beyond.

Plymouth also makes an amazing stage, whether it’s to celebrate our military roots at Armed Forces Day or to enjoy music, art or theatre. Enjoy spectacular events, with everything from the British Firework Championships every August, to a show at one of the UK’s largest regional theatres.

Top Five Facts about Plymouth

  1. Don’t miss the Mayflower Steps where the Pilgrims set sail for America in 1620 – they eventually landed in ‘New Plymouth’ and over 20 million Americans are believed to be descended from these travellers.
  2. Plymouth was named the ‘coolest little city by the sea’ by GQ Magazine.
  3. Plymouth is home to the world famous Plymouth Gin – the origins of the very first Martini. Brewed in the Black Friars distillery Plymouth Gin has been produced on the Barbican since 1793.
  4. Home to the British Firework Championships, Plymouth’s amazing natural amphitheatre of Plymouth Sound offers two fantastic nights of open air pyrotechnic theatre every August.
  5. Royal William Yard is considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain, it is also the largest collection of Grade 1 listed military buildings in Europe. It is now a thriving hub for many Plymouth retailers, cafes, restaurants and events.
Port Information
Passenger Facilities
Contacts & Further Info
Time zone:


Operational hours:

24hr 7 days a week

Berth enquiries & reservations:

Adrian Buss, ABP Plymouth adrian.buss@abports.co.uk

Lat & Long:

North 50 36 81 West 04 14 94

Prevailing weather:

South Westerly

Anchorage position:

Plymouth Sound various locations

Distance to landing stage:


Berth information :

West Wharf

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Vessel width:


Air draft restrictions:


Vessel draft:

8m but can be increased depending on the tidal cycle

Depth on berth:


Largest cruise ship:

Brilliance of the Seas

VTS channel:


Max ship dimension:





2 Tugs ( 1 x 18T BP 1 x 20T BP) others available with 24hrs notice

Security facilities:

ISPS compliant


ISPS compliant

Fresh water:


Power supply:


Hot works/painting/lifeboats:

Permitted but permit to work required from Port Office

Waste handling:


Terminal building:


Currency exchange:


Internet access:

No dedicated wi-fi




800m from terminal

Taxi rank:


Distance to railway station:

1.75 miles / 2.8kms

Distance to airport:

48 miles / 77kms

Banks & ATMS:

In City Centre 1 mile from the terminal

Restaurant / cafe:


Name :

Glen Gardner, Destination Plymouth
Adrian Buss, ABP Plymouth

Tel no:

Glen Gardner: 00 44 (0)7957 454393
Adrian Buss: 00 44 (0)7843 976935


Millbay Docks, Plymouth, Devon PL1 3EF

Experience Destination Plymouth