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Cruise from Plymouth, one of the UK’s proudest maritime towns, to a range of stunning international destinations. Easily accessible to those in England’s southwest, Plymouth is also located on convenient rail routes from Bristol, London and Birmingham. Each year, the port sees 430,000 passengers passing through.
Located near the vast Dartmoor National Park and the dramatic Rame Head Heritage Coast, the historic port is a scenic place for you to begin your cruise journey.
If you’re a master-planner and you happen to arrive with time to kill, the port also close to Smeaton’s Tower, a striking red and white lighthouse, and the Barbican, Plymouth’s lively and historic waterfront area full of pubs, cafés and boutiques. It’s basically a holiday before your holiday.
By air: Plymouth port is located near the airports of Bristol, Exeter and Newquay. From Bristol (three hours) and Exeter (two hours) there are coach services that operate to Plymouth. From Newquay, there’s a train leaving from Newquay’s town centre – a 15-minute taxi ride from the airport – that will take two hours to reach Plymouth.
By train: Plymouth's main railway station is less than a mile from the port. So, if you’re arriving by rail, you’ll have a 25-minute walk or a 10-minute taxi ride. There is a taxi rank, however it’s worth having the number of a local taxi company. There are direct, regular rail services to and from Bristol (two hours), Birmingham (three and a half hours) and London (three hours). It certainly pays to plan your journey ahead of time.
By car: The A38 Aston Expressway connects Plymouth to the M5 at Exeter, providing access to the M4 and the Midlands. The port is a four-hour drive from London, however there is likely to be traffic depending on the time you travel.
Facilities in the port of Plymouth
If you’re taking a cruise from Plymouth, you’ll be able to access a range of facilities including a café available to passengers arriving or departing, baby-change room and currency exchange.
Plymouth is also an accessible port, offering an escalator and lift suitable for wheelchairs, disabled parking, emergency wheelchairs, as well as a departure lounge located on the first floor. While access to vessels from the port is via a long, semi-uncovered walk with stairs and some incline, assistance will be provided to wheelchair users and those with limited mobility.