Where and What to Hire
Being a small city, Plymouth has a limited number of car rental firms but some well know names are available. In the southwest of Plymouth, Enterprise, Plymouth Car Hire, Europecar, Northgate Vehicle Hire and National Care are located close to the theatre. Hertz have a branch near the Dockyard Train Station, Thirfty and Budget can be found near the Quay while Alamo is located in Mannamead. Most types of vehicle can be hired from little two-door city cars to larger family cars, people carriers and vans.
Plymouth has a compact city centre with many bus lanes, pedestrian zones and cycle lanes to watch out for. Rush hour in Plymouth is between 7.30am and 9am and from 4.30pm to 6pm in the evening. Otherwise, driving is relatively straightforward and hassle free as long as drivers remember that the very centre is a pedestrian-only zone.
There are over 5,200 parking spaces in Plymouth, most are metered or in multi-storey and Pay and Display car parks, both long and short stay. Parking is charged at approximately £1.40 per hour in most car parks and on-street metered spaces. Some on-street parking has a time limit of up to between 2 and 3 hours.
Where to Go and What to See
While having a car in the centre of Plymouth may not be required, it is certainly useful to have one for exploring the beautiful surrounding Devonshire coast. A one hour drive west of Plymouth takes visitors to the fabulous Eden Project where two giant bio-domes are growing plants from all over the world. There are wonderful things here for children and adults to do from play areas and building insect houses to workshops and gardening tips. The Eden Project is located just beyond the town of Looe which is home to a Monkey Sanctuary, another great day out for the kids. Only twenty minutes north of Plymouth is entry to the spectacular Dartmoor National Park where walking, hiking and cycling through dramatic landscapes, horse riding, climbing and canoeing make this is a must-visit area for adrenalin junkies and outdoor enthusiasts. Alternatively, drive west of Plymouth and follow the stunning coastal road along the Cornish shores, through enchanting fishing villages and peaceful hamlets; past breath-taking cliff-top views, wild seas and sandy, white windswept beaches. This is one of the most romantic drives in the whole country. Dotted with cosy pubs with roaring fires, art-deco hotels and tea rooms, rediscover the romance of the 1940’s with this true seaside holiday.