Explore Plymouth with Simple Car Hire
Car Hire in Plymouth
Enjoy your time in Plymouth with Simple Car Hire, we provide cheap, high quality hire cars and a friendly service at a great value price.
If you are looking for cheap car or van daily self drive hire in Plymouth, from BMW, Audi, Ford, Mercedes, Sprinters, Volkswagen (VW) Transporter, Large Ford Transit, Luton box van, and automatic cars for a varied list of occasions, weddings, meetings, moving, removals – we’ve got you covered.
Plymouth is an easily accessible town with road, rail and air links. With the train station being on the main London – Penzance line, Plymouth makes a great weekend getaway for those living and working in the City.
Hop on the overnight sleeper on a Friday after work and this will give you the whole weekend to take in the natural delights of the area – not least the harbour with its relaxing maritime atmosphere. Of course, you need to be able to get around with ease once you arrive and Simple Car Hire in Plymouth has just the solution.
Although Plymouth itself is predominantly a harbour town, it does not possess any pleasure beaches. However , the nearby seaside resort of Torbay is perfect for sun seekers. Widely regarded as the ‘English Riviera’ because of the pleasant climate and beautiful beaches, it can be considered one of the finest coastal areas in Britain.
Families will love the quaint pass times along this stretch of coast with twenty two miles of sand and what is arguably the best sand in the United Kingdom for making sandcastles. Remember however if hiring a car with children under 135cm it is worth booking the child seats that Simple Car Hire can provide to meet legal requirements.
With special deals, cheap rates, excellently maintained vehicles, child seats and sat nav you can organise your booking online with all the facilities to suit your party and budget.
As there is so much to see in this part of Britain you may not want to put all the driving into the hands of one party member. At the time of booking, be sure to select an additional driver so everyone can enjoy their holiday.
Plymouth is vibrant, energetic and has a lively nightlife with some fantastic clubs, bars and even casinos. If diving is your thing, Plymouth boasts Europe’s first artificial reef, made up of a sunken Royal Navy frigate.
Visit the Waterfront areas and you’re sure to enjoy a great experience no matter what the weather or time of year.
Whether it’s dazzling views you seek, a new dining or shopping experience you’re keen to enjoy or just want to learn some history, Plymouth’s Waterfront destinations offer something for everyone.
Each part of the Waterfront has a different story to tell.
The historic Barbican and Sutton Harbour are the heart of the city’s heritage with the oldest buildings and the greatest number of historical stories. It’s also a place where an eclectic cuisine mix of Italian, Greek, Turkish, Japanese, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Himalayan, Mexican and British restaurants may all be found!
Around the Barbican, a vibrant place of cobbled streets, narrow lanes and more than 200 Listed Buildings, many of them Tudor and Jacobean, offer a wide range of cosmopolitan boutique shops, galleries, pubs, cafes and restaurants set amidst picturesque scenery.
The main street of Southside Street is home to the world famous Plymouth Gin Distillery, the building dating from the early 1400s and a former monastery inhabited by Black Friar Monks. Antique stores, galleries, boutique shops and cafes thrive on Southside Street, a draw to the thousands of coach tour visitors that pass through the Barbican every year.
The picturesque harbour with its magnificent marina is just a stone’s throw from the historic cobbled streets of the Barbican, and a short stroll from Plymouth Hoe and its spectacular views across the Sound.
Sutton Harbour is perfectly placed to make the most of all Plymouth has to offer, from unparalleled historic landmarks to some of the city’s largest and liveliest family attractions.
The National Aquarium, the largest aquarium in the UK with over 40 sharks, is at the entrance to the harbour, and visitors can also take boat tours to learn more about the local marine environment – or even catch a fish and learn how best to cook it.
Visit the famous Mayflower Steps from which the Pilgrim Fathers are believed to have left England aboard the Mayflower for a new life in America in 1620, discover Plymouth’s maritime heritage with the one-mile Sutton Harbour Heritage Trail, or see the sights from two wheels and take advantage of the two National Cycle Routes right on the harbour’s doorstep.
The lively waterfront culture of Sutton Harbour offers a welcome like no other, with unique, independent shops interspersed with a diverse range of first-class restaurants, cafes and bars.
There’s something to tempt every palate from fresh fish caught locally to authentic Greek, Spanish, Italian and traditionally British fare, and all of it able to be enjoyed from an unrivalled location overlooking the picturesque marina.
Whenever you visit, Sutton Harbour has plenty to offer, with a jam-packed schedule of entertainments running throughout the year including family-friendly celebrations like Pirate Weekend in May, the Classic Boat Rally in July, and the Ocean City Festival in the autumn.
Sutton Harbour Marina occupies a unique location alongside Plymouth’s historic Barbican, and within one of the finest deep water harbours in the country in Plymouth Sound.
This unbeatable location boasts superior marina facilities, an especially sheltered berthing option within a highly secure environment protected by Sutton Lock, and easy access to world class cruising waters.
Each of the three characterful marinas at Sutton Harbour has 24 hour secure access, and the highly acclaimed 5 GoldAnchor rated marina offers flexible berths for motor and sailing vessels up to 25 metres.
Plymouth Fisheries is the second largest fresh fish market in England, playing a crucial role in the South West economy and operating as a fisheries hub for the entire region.
Since its launch from the current, custom-designed premises in 1995 following a substantial investment by owners Sutton Harbour Holdings plc in conjunction with Plymouth Trawler Agents, the fishing industry in Plymouth has been revitalised.
Turnover soared from £250,000 to a staggering £6million in just the first two years, and has continued to grow ever since.
Plymouth Fisheries sustains more than 600 jobs directly and indirectly and the market sells 6,000 tonnes of fish every year on average – with the value of fish and shellfish landed during the 2013/2014 financial year at £17.35million.
Every day, up to 40 boats ranging from 16ft line-caught bass fishing boats to 35metre scallopers berth at 110 metres of landing quays within the safe haven of Sutton Harbour, which is protected by lock gates to accommodate vessels up to 5.5 metre draft.
Fishermen landing at other ports in the South West often choose to drive to Plymouth to sell their catch too, with 70 per cent of fish sold arriving by road.
Whatever your reason for visiting Plymouth, be it business or pleasure, a beach is never far away and the maritime links are constant. As a base to explore the southeast of England it is unrivalled.
Plymouth Hoe is the natural heart of Plymouth with breathtaking views across Plymouth Sound, one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world.
Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. Open to the public year-round, Smeaton’s Tower offers a wonderful vantage point from its lantern room. Gaze down at the shoreline and you’ll see the glorious Art Deco Tinside Lido, open to the public for bathing during the summer months.
Sir Francis Drake, intrepid explorer and local hero, is immortalised in a statue on the Hoe, situated just a few metres from the green where he finished his game before heading out to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588.
At the eastern end of the Hoe you’ll find The Royal Citadel, the most impressive 17th century fortress in Britain and for many years England’s most important defence against attack from the sea. The Citadel has been in constant military occupation since it was built and today it is home to some of Plymouth’s modern heroes – the troops of 29 Commando Royal Artillery. English Heritage offers tours of the Royal Citadel on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May to September.
For more information, visit VisitPlymouth.co.uk