Plymouth Life and Visitor Travel Tips

(Plymouth, Devon, England, UK)

Picture of the harbourfrontPlymouth is a traditional English coastal city, with many waterfront attractions and restaurants. The locals tend to be friendly, helpful and welcome visitors, since tourism has become an important part of the city's economy.

With local indoor markets, many shopping malls and plenty of places to visit, your trip to the city is Plymouth is what you make it and if possible, you should plan your day in advance.

Tourism and Tourist Information

The city's main tourist information centre offers a number of helpful staff, trained to help you make the most out of your visit to Plymouth. They will be able to assist you with any enquiries, help you find available accommodation if required, and be able to offer any necessary advice.

Tourism Service
Address: Floor 8, Civic Centre, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2EW, England, UK
Tel: +454 (0)1752 668000

Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
Address: Island House, 9 The Barbican, Plymouth, Devon, England, UK
Tel: +44 (0)1752 30 4849

Picture of the National Marine Aquarium


English is obviously the main language all over the city and most shopkeepers and restaurateurs only speak this language. A few specialist restaurants are run by families from other parts of Europe, but in general, you will be always expected to speak English.


As with all other big cities in England, it is customary to leave a small tip at most restaurants in Plymouth. This gratuity may be simply just a few pounds and should certainly be no more than 5 to 10 percent. A number of restaurants and eateries now automatically leave a space on the bill for you to enter your tip when paying by credit card, such as Pizza Hut, but you should not feel pressured into leaving a tip if you do not feel so inclined.


Smoking is becoming more and more frowned upon in England and in all public places around Plymouth, smoking is now prohibited, following the enforcement of a strict English anti-smoking law in July 2007. All public houses in Plymouth are now smoke-free, making the restaurant areas more appealing to families with young children. Smoking is also now banned in workplaces, offices, on local buses, coaches and trains. If you wish to smoke, it is best to only do so if other people nearby are also smoking, or if it is clearly an area where smoking is allowed.