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Hiring a car in Plymouth

Plymouth sits on the south coast of Devon in England and is a popular tourist destination among Brits and worldwide visitors.

Hiring a car means that you can get out and about and see the beauty of Plymouth, as well as the surrounding areas.

The main road that runs through Plymouth is the A38, which goes from Bodmin in Cornwall to Exeter. You can also join the A386 which goes to Bideford on the north coast of Devon.

What you need to know

There are a number of car hire options in Plymouth, which you can find when you search on our website.

You'll find the most competitive prices for a variety of vehicles, all of which have the benefit of 24/7 support and free cancellation. So, whether you're looking for a sports car to enjoy those sunny days or a large family car, you'll be sure to find the perfect option.

Where to pick up your car

The suppliers each have offices in different locations across Plymouth, all of which are easily accessible from the city centre.

If you're arriving by train then you'll find that most suppliers are near to the station and are reachable on foot. Alternatively, you can jump in a taxi which will take you to your supplier.

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Where to go

Plymouth is a fantastic destination to visit in Devon. One of its most popular destinations is Plymouth Hoe, a large open space overlooking the sea, where people head to enjoy a picnic, relax in the sun and take in the breathtaking views.

This area is adjacent to the limestone cliffs that run along the seafront, which are perfect if you're looking to enjoy a walk.

Having a hire car means that you can get around the city and see all the areas that spark your interest, from the variety of stunning coastal areas to the many parks that Plymouth boasts.

Nearby Plymouth

Plymouth is in a perfect location to get around and see some more of what the south of England has to offer.

In about an hour you can reach St Austell in Cornwall by driving west along the A38 then the A390. This is a beautiful town which is home to the well-known Eden Project. The Eden Project is both an educational charity and social enterprise that houses the largest indoor rainforest, as well as stunning plants, exhibitions, contemporary gardens.

Alternatively, why not drive east along the A38 and A385 to reach Torquay. This seaside resort town is well-known for its beautiful beaches and the stunning cliffs that run along the coastline, making it perfect for a coastal retreat in the UK.

Longer drives

Having a hire car means that you can easily explore more of the UK. Just two hours north-west of Plymouth along the A38 and M5 is Bristol, a vibrant and cultural city. Bristol is popular for its world-class music and arts venues, along with its stunning architecture and beautiful countryside.

If you want to drive a bit further and see more of England, then three and a half hours east of Plymouth is Southampton, a large city in Hampshire. The city boasts a number of museums and art galleries, including Southampton City Art Gallery, SeaCity Museum and Tudor House and Garden. In addition, this area has excellent shopping facilities if you're looking to enjoy a day of retail therapy.

Top attractions to visit in Plymouth

You can get anywhere at all in Plymouth with your hire car, so you can be sure that you won't miss out on any of the top things to see and do on your visit.

Eating and drinking

While there's no specific cuisine in Plymouth, the area is well-known for its variety of fresh produce. It's perfectly located to enjoy freshly caught fish, organic free-range meat from local farmers and vegetables grown nearby. In addition, you'll definitely want to sample some of the handmade cornish pasties that are served in most of the local bakeries.

Many restaurants and bistros use only this locally sourced produce, so it really doesn't get any fresher. You can also enjoy food from across the world in the hundreds of restaurants across the city.

There's a number of pubs, bars and nightclubs too, so whether you're looking to relax with a quiet drink or head on a night out, you'll be sure to find somewhere to your taste.

Things to do

Plymouth is a vibrant city, so you're sure to find plenty to do. The Barbican is the name given to the western and northern sides of Sutton Harbour, the original harbour of Plymouth. Wander the cobbled streets and explore 27 New Street, which is filled with independent shops selling many unique goods.

Why not visit one of the many museums and art galleries? Some of the most popular are Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery, the Mayflower Museum and the National Marine Aquarium - but there are many more for you to choose from.

Boat trips are also a popular activity, allowing you to take a tour of Drake's Island or Devonport Naval Base, or you can even try your hand at canoeing or kayaking at the Mountbatten Watersports Centre.


Plymouth Hoe is the perfect location for a day out, boasting stunning views of one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world. You can visit Smeaton's Tower lighthouse here, which is open to the public all year round.

There's also a number of beaches that enjoy stunning views, as well as many cycle routes that take you through tranquil wooded areas and along mountainous routes and even through the Dartmoor National Park.

To find some of the best sights, head out along one of the coastal or mountain walks and explore for yourself, and you're sure to find a hidden gem in your very own haven of relaxation.


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