Plymouth is a
large city in the south west county of Devon with a population
approaching a quarter of a million people. Plymouth lies at the
mouth of the river Tamar and the river Plym and the city covers a
large geographical area of the county.
Plymouth Sound is one of Europe's biggest natural harbours. The
harbour has three main entrances from the English Channel and the
river Plym and Tamar. Devonport Dockyard, located via the Tamar
entrance is one the biggest naval dockyard in Europe.
This theme continues throughout the city and Plymouth has become
famous for its rich maritime history. During the Second World War,
the city was targeted by German planes because Plymouth was one of
the country's most important navy bases. The city saw major
redevelopments after the war.
Other maritime and cultural landmarks and locations in Plymouth
include the Royal Dockyard, The Plymouth Barbican and the Royal
Citadel. The Citadel was originally built in the middle of the 17th
century and overlooks Plymouth Sound.
Students can study at the University of Plymouth which, with over
30,000 students, is fifth largest university in the United Kingdom.
The university has been described as "forward thinking" by The
Guardian and has a growing reputation, especially in the art, drama
and architecture fields.
Plymouth has a wealth of cultural buildings, many of which are
popular with tourists, including the Plymouth City Museum and Art
Gallery that houses natural history exhibitions and fine arts.
The Plymouth Arts Centre is renowned for its collection of work by
both local and British artists. Artists with work on display in the
centre include Richard Deacon, Sir Terry Frost and Beryl Cook.
Although not in Plymouth, the large Cribbs Causeway shopping centre
near Bristol is a popular retail destination for locals and the
centre houses flagship Ikea and John Lewis retail stores.
By road, Plymouth can be accessed by the A38 dual-carriageway (there
is no nearby motorways). This road connects the city to nearby
Exeter with links to Cornwall and other locations in the south west.
Bus services in the city operate to several suburban areas (operated
by Plymouth Citybus) while other operators serve the inner city
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