Living and Working in Plymouth

Plymouth: Britains Ocean City

The city vision is to be one of Europe’s most vibrant waterfront cities, where an outstanding quality of life is enjoyed by everyone. 

Nestling between the sea, rivers and the dramatic expanse of Dartmoor, Plymouth offers the perfect work life balance. As recently cited by The Guardian, “Plymouth is now officially the optimum place to buy a property in Britain, with the best balance of schools, housing, culture and scenery.”

Plymouth is a spectacular waterfront city which has seen many exciting changes over the last few years. These include the growth of Plymouth University, the redevelopment of sites such as the Royal William Yard, the opening of Plymouth Life Centre - one of the best sports and leisure facilities in the country - a growing events programme and a burgeoning reputation as a foodie heaven.

This is an ambitious city and there are many exciting major changes ahead. Our reputation as a centre of excellence for marine sciences and engineering will expand as the City Deal programme provides a launchpad for small companies and increases the space available for marine-related industries. Our universities continue to attract attention around the world and our schools, including the new University Technical College, increasingly work with industry to nurture future talent.

Plymouth has a huge amount to offer, including an unrivalled lifestyle with its amazing green spaces, stunning waterfront and close proximity to some of the best beaches and landscapes in the UK, as well as all the advantages of a vibrant urban culture of a big city. 

Find out more about our vibrant city

Living and Working in Plymouth

Ocean City

 Plymouth Book of Wonder [PDF, 8MB]

For more information please visit the Plymouth Visitor Guide

Getting to Plymouth

  • We are only three hours from London by train, less than an hour from Exeter and two hours from Bristol international airports, as well as being a major port with Brittany Ferries offering passenger and freight services to Roscoff in France and Santander in Northern Spain.

Getting around Plymouth

Schools in Plymouth