When to fly
Temperatures in Devon can vary from hot summer days to freezing winter nights. The English summer between June and August is an excellent time to enjoy the city's attractions such at the British Firework Championships, when days are warmer and rainfall is less frequent. The championships has been a premier annual display in the UK since mid-1990s and attract tens of thousands to the city every August to watch the skies light up over Plymouth.
Most tourists visiting the region arrive in the summer months, so if you want to avoid the crowds and get cheaper flights to Plymouth, then a visit in May or September is usually more economical and visitors can still enjoy attractions in the city such as The Ocean City Festival. The festival hosts a spectacular programme of entertainment, activities and events that run throughout September offering something for everyone to get involved in from kayaking and marine wildlife to the film festival and trying local delicacies.
Flying to Plymouth will bring you to a popular tourist destination that boasts an attractive coastal location, superb water sports and unique monuments of historical significance. This maritime port located on the south coast of Devon in England, has a fascinating history that is interconnected with its oceanic setting. As a centre of naval power and an important shipping port, it is most famous as the place from where the Pilgrim Fathers made their voyage to settle in the New World at New Plymouth in 1620. Within the historic Barbican area of the city, you can visit The Mayflower Steps, which marks the place of the Mayflower's departure. The city's lengthy history can be easily discovered on foot by visiting some of the many local historic buildings. The Prysten House on Finewell Street is one of the oldest surviving buildings, dating back to 1500, and is now a working museum. At the eastern end of Plymouth Hoe stands the Royal Citadel, a large fort built in the 1660s, which was an important defensive structure for more than a hundred years. A further exploration of Plymouth Hoe is rewarded with panoramic views over the city and Plymouth Sound. Here stand a number of interesting monuments, including a statue of Sir Francis Drake and Smeatons Tower, a former lighthouse and memorial. The city's surroundings also offer plenty of interesting features that are worth a visit. Dartmoor National Park is a short drive to the north east, an area of protected moorland that is renowned for its ancient standing stones, myths and legends.
Getting around Plymouth
A local bus service operates within the city, running from the city centre to outlying areas like Saltash, Plympton and Plymstock. Ferries transport passengers across The Sound from various locations, such as the Torpoint Ferry and Cremyll Ferry. Hackney cabs and private taxis are available for hire within the city area. There is also a central railway station located on North Road, which provides routes to other English towns and cities, such as Penzance and London.
Getting downtown from the airport
The nearest airport serving flights to the city is Exeter International Airport (EXT), located 47 miles (76 km) from the city. The airport provides a range of transport options, including taxis operated by Capital Airport Taxis and a number of car hire companies. Trains services to Plymouth operate from Exeter St. Davids Railway Station.