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It's therefore no surprise that trains to Plymouth are becoming increasingly popular as visitors flock to discover this hidden gem of a city for themselves. Plymouth offers all the usual advantages of a city, such as fantastic shopping, great nightlife and gourmet food, as well as the laid-back atmosphere of a coastal town.
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Plymouth's appeal lies in the mix between city and coast, and the fact that it has something for everyone. You can get cheap train tickets to Plymouth by booking ahead of time. For more information see the section below on cheap train tickets to Plymouth.
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If you know that you are travelling to Plymouth ahead of time you have a great chance of securing a cheap ticket because you can plan and book in advance. This type of ticket is called an Advance ticket. You can book cheap train tickets up to 12 weeks in advance of departure.
We understand however, that you don't always know exactly which train you want so now you can also buy our great value range of Advance tickets and reserve your seat up to 15 minutes before you board a CrossCountry service, via our website or our Train Ticket app, subject to availability.
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There is a huge variety of things to see and do in Plymouth, ranging from historic landmarks to theatres and Naval attractions. Best of all, a lot of these are free. Below we have put together five of the best:
An essential port of call for any visit to Plymouth, the Barbican is the site where Drake and Raleigh once weighed anchor. Today, it is a bustling community of specialist shops, restaurants, cafes and world-class attractions, all in a picturesque harbour setting. Known as 'the jewel in Plymouth's crown', the Barbican is a must-see. It's approximately a ten minute walk from Plymouth's train station, and it's easily accessible too.
Plymouth's aquarium is the UK's largest, and is another thing you should not miss out on when visiting the city. This fascinating underwater world is also a registered charity, so your visit helps to promote understanding of the sea through education and research. Species at the aquarium include sharks, jellyfish and sting rays. Plymouth train station is approximately a ten minute walk away.
Black Friars Distillery, the working home of Plymouth Gin since 1793, and is the oldest working gin distillery in England. The building dates back to the early 1400s. Guided tours show visitors how the gin is made, and tutored tasting sessions offer the chance to sample the finished product. Just a short journey from Plymouth train station, the distillery is conveniently located in the heart of the city.
There is always something good on at the Theatre Royal. Even if there isn't an actual show that catches your eye, you can always take a tour behind the scenes for a unique look at how the busy venue operates. Tours are followed by a delicious lunch at The Mezz restaurant. Plymouth train station is around a five to ten minute walk away.
Including a performance venue, ice rink and swimming pool, there's something for everyone at Plymouth Pavilions. Celebrating over 20 years in business, the Pavilions have proved a hit with locals and visitors alike. Whether you want to get your skates on, practice your swimming technique or get a bite to eat in the café or bar, the Pavilions is the place to be. Plymouth train station is a short taxi ride away.