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Discover Plymouth

Unspoilt coastline and countryside. Or top clubs, arts venues and historic sites. Whatever you’re into, there’s something close to Plymouth College of Art for you to enjoy.

With affordable accommodation and a safe, friendly environment to offer too, it’s not surprising that more than 40,000 students have chosen to make Devon’s biggest city - Britain's Ocean City - their home.

Royal William Yard

Nights out

If you’re after pubs, bars and clubs, Plymouth won’t disappoint. And there’s a huge music scene – everything from intimate gigs with unsigned bands to big names in the city’s largest venue, Plymouth Pavilions.

Art, culture and history

Be inspired by a wide range of art galleries all over the city. Take in pre-West End and fringe theatre or arthouse and blockbuster cinema. Or, if history’s your thing, Plymouth has tales to tell of Drake, Darwin and the Pilgrim Fathers. The old port area – The Barbican  – offers narrow cobbled streets and Elizabethan warehouses. Built in the early 1800s, the Grade 1 listed buildings of Royal William Yard now house modern art galleries, a local food market and a thriving creative business community.

Natural inspiration

There are miles of stunning coastline and green spaces to explore. The rugged moors of Dartmoor are close by – the perfect location to paint, film or take photographs.


Our College is next to a shopping mall but for small, independent shops, there’s a wealth of historic areas from Southside Street to the Grade 1 listed Royal William Yard. You can find antique and vintage wares, art galleries and plenty of places to stop for coffee or dinner.

Excellent connections

Take a high-speed train to London or hop on a ferry straight to France. Plymouth has great rail, road and sea links to the rest of the UK and Europe, and both Exeter and Bristol offer international airports without the need to travel to London. Want to stay closer to home? Hop on a local ferry to beautiful waterside villages and sandy beaches or visit the cathedral city of Exeter, Tate St Ives or The Eden Project for a gig at the Eden Sessions.

 "Plymouth is Britain’s coolest little city by the sea" — British GQ magazine

Getting better all the time

Plymouth is constantly changing and developing. Our college is in the middle of an exciting ‘cultural quarter’ and Plymouth is riding a wave of cultural change that we welcome you to become part of.

And if you don't believe us...

Then check out the tags on this interactive map of Plymouth, illustrated by Cecily Goff (@ceciiilyg).

... or this infographic put together by Sponge UK.