Our easy guide to living in Plymouth

  • 25th Feb 2021
  • 5 minute read
  • Written by Ellie New
Our easy guide to living in Plymouth

Have you thought about relocating to the picturesque seaside city of Plymouth? One of England’s biggest port cities on the South Coast with a rich maritime history.

Things to do in Plymouth

Living in Plymouth is a great place for getting active. With 40% green space, it’s known as one of the greenest cities in the UK. There are 3 areas of outstanding natural beauty right on its doorstep; Dartmoor National Park, the Tamar Valley, and Plymouth’s very own Marine Conservation Zone. If you enjoy walking, cycling, hiking, and horse riding, you’ll be spoilt for choice.

Plymouth is also very popular for water sports. You’ll be able to experience sailing, surfing, windsurfing, scuba diving and many other activities at the many centres along the coastline.

There’s also a great variety of beaches for you to kick back and enjoy some sunshine, or, you can wrap up warm and walk along the beach in the colder months. Visit the Plymouth Hoe as well as the beaches at Bovisand and Wembury with the choice of many more.

Plymouth is also described as having a vibrant cultural scene. With brilliant music to fabulous festivals and plenty of historical attractions, galleries, and theatres.

Although being heavily bombed in the second world war many of Plymouth’s beautiful, cobbled streets survived. Areas of the Plymouth Barbican district date back to the 16th century that will leave you feeling like you’re stepping into a story book.

How many people live in Plymouth?

There are a total of 262,100 people living in Plymouth according to the Office of National Statistics report in 2019 (ONS), with 118,680 dwellings recorded by DataPlymouth.

Cost of living in Plymouth

The average salary for someone living in Plymouth is around £505 a week. Property price over the last year is on average is £209,095 suggested by Rightmove, which is up 2% since 2019.

Best places to live in Plymouth

Plymouth City Centre: Plymouth city centre has so much to offer. From traditional Victorian and Edwardian period properties around the Plymouth Hoe. Or brand-new shiny developments in areas like Millbay or the Barbican.

Stoke Damerel: The Stoke Damerel area is a top spot for families seeking detached homes with an abundance of parks nearby. There’s also a great number of amenities such as a great selection of local schools. 

Plympton: Plympton is a suburb located north east of Plymouth and only a short journey from the city centre. It has its very own golf club, popular with golfers of course, but it also holds functions such as weddings. There’s also a cricket club and swimming pool popular with locals.

Things to do in Plymouth

Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Hoe offers breath-taking views across Plymouth sound. It’s a great place to enjoy a picnic or take a dip in Tinside Lido with its very own pool deck for soaking up the sun. The lido is a wonderful display of art-deco style and is Grade II listedYou’ll find the light house known as Smeaton’s tower standing proud on Plymouth Hoe; it’s become one of the south west’s well-known landmarks. At the eastern end of the Hoe, you’ll find the Royal Citadel a 17th Century fortress built to defend the city from any attacks by sea. Plymouth hoe plays host to a number of events throughout the year and really is a fantastic part of the city of Plymouth.

Radford Park and Arboretum

With picturesque rolling green hills and idyllic lake, Radford Park makes a lovely day out. It’s situated on the grounds of Radford house, an iconic Tudor building. Enjoy a walk and take in the beautiful trees of the arboretum.

Plymouth Gin Distillery

If gins your thing then you’ll love the Plymouth gin distillery. The distillery is the oldest working distillery in England and has been making Plymouth Gin since 1793. Offering a variety of different tours across the distillery, you’ll be able to find out how the gin is made and maybe even sample a few gins yourself. It’s a great day out and the refectory bar offers a selection of gin-based cocktails and delicious dining options.

Bovisand Beach

Bovisand beach is a sheltered bay of stunning yellow sand with rolling cliffs either side. When the tide is out there is a large area of flat sand which is ideal for long walks along the beach. Playing ball games, swimming, and snorkeling here is also popular. The beach is a hotspot for locals and families.

The Box

The box a well-known museum in Plymouth playing host to not only local history but a variety of different collections. You’ll be able to explore photography, natural history, social and maritime history, art, world cultures and much more. Popular with people of all ages, the box is an important part of the city.

The South West Coast Path National Trail

The South West Coast Path National Trail takes you on tour of the most beautiful coastal route past quaint fishing villages. The trail isn’t for the faint hearted and has been described as exhilarating and the ultimate challenge for the long-distance hiker with the trail stretching over 630 miles.


Just a 15 minute or so drive from Plymouth on the coast is the small village of Wembury. The beautiful scenery with high cliffs is preserved by the national trust. With an abundance of reefs exposed at low tide, Wembury is known to be one of the best in the country for you to go rock pooling, catch a glimpse of starfish, crabs, anemones, and limpets.

Dartmoor Zoo

Dartmoor Zoo is a great day out for all the family as well as being the winner of the Eden Channels Top Wildlife Attraction back in 2011, as well as being home of the Hollywood film ‘we bought a zoo’. The Zoo is around 20 minutes away from Plymouth city centre. You’ll be able to see creatures great and small ranging from big cats to Chinese Emperor Newts.

Devonport Naval Heritage Centre

The Devonport National Heritage Centre records development of The Dockyard and Plymouth’s pivotal role in supporting the Royal Navy. You’ll get the chance to explore the centres galleries, exhibits and activities perfect for children and families to enjoy. The exhibitions are free to view and take part in the centre instead asks for a donation.

If you’re interested in moving to Plymouth, take a look at our property page to see what’s on offer. For more information on fees and advice, get in touch at customerservice@easyproperty.com  

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