The South West

The South West

From the city that’s alive with the spirit of discovery to the breathtaking landscapes of the coastline and countryside, the South West is a region that lives up to its reputation as a place to live the lifestyle you want. 

If you don’t know the area well, why not turn a visit to an open day into a longer break and explore as much of the region as you can squeeze in?

City living

Plymouth shaped the lives of Drake, Darwin and many more who set sail from its harbour as pioneers. Today, its maritime heritage has blended with contemporary culture to create a city with a strong international tradition and offering the best in entertainment, arts and shopping. 

From the soaring glass galleries and top brand shops of Drake Circus Shopping Centre to the narrow Elizabethan streets and quirky boutiques of the historic Barbican area, there’s something here to suit all tastes. You’ll also find the home of the world-famous Plymouth Gin, distilling here since 1793. And nearby, the National Marine Aquarium - the largest of its kind in the UK - where you can get a VIP pass to go diving with sharks. Or go for a gentler swim in the open air at the beautiful art deco Tinside Lido on Plymouth Hoe. 

Catch top bands and live shows at the 4,000-seat Plymouth Pavilions arena or check out up-and-coming local talent at the wealth of smaller venues. And with four theatres and five cinemas ranging from a 15-screen multiplex to an independent arts centre, you’ll never be short of something stimulating to see.

Get active with all the watersports you can imagine, head to the slopes at the ski and snowboarding centre or follow the off-road cycle trail all the way out to Dartmoor. We’ve even got our own diving centre – so you really can immerse yourself in the marine environment!

Plymouth - city of opportunity

A day in the life of the city of Plymouth

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Around the region

People always say there’s something special about the way of life in the South West. And it’s true. Perched between the two counties of Devon and Cornwall, Plymouth is graced with a setting amongst the finest in Europe. From secluded sandy coves and wide open seas to tranquil rivers and wild rugged moors, the area offers more scope for sport and leisure than almost anywhere else in Britain.