As well as a wonderful training experience, Plymouth is enviably positioned with access to the beautiful beaches, dramatic moorland, rolling countryside and a range of cultural opportunities.
Our coast is a dream for surfers, sailors, divers and anybody else who enjoys getting wet in or on the sea. With lots of schools and clubs, there are plenty of opportunities for complete beginners, and for those preferring dry feet, the entire coastline has a footpath around it offering 630 miles of exploring.
From the edges of the city rise the 365 sq miles of the Dartmoor National Park.
This offers fantastic opportunities for hardy outdoor types, such as climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, fishing and trekking. For those preferring more gentle pursuits, the natural beauty, cosy pubs and pretty walks along river valleys provide a perfect antidote to the ward round or surgery.
Plymouth City Centre doesn’t win any beauty contests, but it is being developed rapidly, with a new shopping area, and lots of waterfront development.
There is a good theatre, cinemas, and the Pavilions is a venue for touring bands and comedy. Plymouth is also developing an enviable breadth of arts events, such as the annual Illuminate festival. The city will also play a key part in the British Art Show during 2022.
In 2020/21, Plymouth is playing host to the Mayflower 400 commemoration, marking the 400th anniversary of the journey of the Mayflower from England to America. There is an extensive programme of events – you can find out more here.
The Barbican and Royal William Yard offer pubs, cafe culture and dining at the water’s edge, while the Hoe provides wide-ranging views across the natural harbour of Plymouth Sound, and you can even take a dip in the waterfront lido, if it’s warm enough. The Hoe stages a range of exciting events from the spectacle of America’s Cup sailing to the British Fireworks Championships.
Another must-see attraction is the brand-new museum and art gallery – The Box.