Plymouth is located 60km South-West of Exeter and 310km
west-south of London. It is situated in between the rivers Plym and Tamar where
the two enters into the ocean and unite Plymouth Sound to form the frontier
Plymouth’s ancient history extends to Bronze Age when an initial agreement entered the
picture at Mount Batten.
More than 264,200 people reside in the city which makes it
second largest city in the Southwest.
Plymouth city is positioned between River Plym and River
Tamar. Since 1967, Plymouth covered two towns of Plympton and Plymstock which
were once independent towns. The inlet of River Tamar forms Hamoaze on which
Devonport Dockyard is situated and the river makes the territory between Cornwall
Plymouth Breakwater which is utilized since 1814 safeguards
the Plymouth Sound from the sea. Drake’s Island, in the Sound, is viewed from
Plymouth Hoe that is present on top of limestone rockface. The topology leaps
up from the sea level to a height of about 155m at Roborough.
Plymouth has a blend of Devonian slate, granite, limestone and Middle Devonian limestone. Geologically,
the capes at the entrance to Sound are made up of Lower Devonian slates while
the volume of Plymouth is structured on Upper
Devonian slates and shales. A belt of Middle Devonian limestone passes from
Cremyll to Plymstock.
More than 23,155 students are matriculated in the University of Plymouth. It also engages about 3000
staff. In 1992, it was established from Polytechnic South West following Further
and Higher Education Act 1992 and includes a wide variety of courses such as those
in marine focused business, marine biology and Earth, ocean, surf science,
shipping and logistics and many more.
The marked university, University of St Mark & St John is
specialized in teacher training and deliver training in various countries.
The City College Plymouth and Plymouth College of Art, two
large colleges also reside in the city. The former delivers courses from basic
to Foundation degrees to more than 26000 students and the latter was
established 153 years ago and now lists in independent colleges of art and
design in UK which are only four in number.
The city is a home to 71 state primary schools, 13 secondary schools, three
selective state grammar schools and eight special schools.
The A38 dual-carriageway, labeled as ‘The Parkway’, passes
from east to west across the north of Plymouth. It depicts the boundary between
non-rural parts of the city and latest suburban
portions. It connects the city to M5 motorway about 65 km, moving towards East
and joins Cornwall and Devon, moving towards West.
The international ferry service
operates from Millbay to France and Spain.
Plymouth City Airport, located about 6km north of the city center.
Plymouth Railway station which was inaugurated in 1877, is managed by Great Western railway.
Union Street, also known as servicemen’s playground, built in
1815 at the heart of Plymouth’s historical culture. It was the site where
sailors from Royal navy look for entertainment
of all types.
In August, outdoor
events and festivals are celebrated. These events also include annual British
Firework championships which entice several thousands of people across the
waterfront. In August 2006, Roy Lowry of University of Plymouth made a world
record for the number of simultaneous
fireworks surpassed. Since 1992, 29 Commando Regiment performs Music of Night
in Royal Citadel.
Theatre Royal and Plymouth pavilions are city’s main theatres.
The former has a capacity of 1,315. The
latter is used for various purposes like basketball matches and stand-up comedy
and city staging music concerts.
The city is a television center
of BBC south-west and also there are three cinemas in the city, Vue
cinema at the Barbican Leisure Park, Plymouth
Arts Centre at Looe Street and a Reel Cinema at Derrys Cross.