Go Plymouth is for newcomers to the city. It’s a no frills, ‘tell it like it is’ guide for anyone thinking of living, working, studying or holidaying here. Drinkers in the sunshine outside the Three Crowns pub on Plymouth's Barbican

Even if you’re just planning a brief first visit, you can rely on us to give it to you straight – the good, the bad and the ugly.

The Lonely Planet Guide reckons parts of Plymouth are 'more gritty than pretty'. In a nationwide poll, Plymouth came top…for having the worst dressed people in the UK!

But then Which? Holiday voted Plymouth one of the top 10 places to visit in the UK (alongside traditional favourites including the Cotswolds and Lake District).

And theatre impresario Cameron Mackintosh described the city as ‘practically perfect in every way’. OK, he was referring to his staging of Mary Poppins at the Theatre Royal but we reckon the same could be said of much of Plymouth.

So who’s right? Well, they all are. Plymouth is gorgeous, gritty (a bit grim in parts) and totally unique.

Few cities in Europe can rival its location. Sandwiched between Dartmoor’s majestic wilderness and one of the most spectacular natural harbours in the world, we reckon this is one of the best cities in the UK when it comes to work, rest and play.

Take a look at our 'Where there's Moor to Sea" video to get a feel for all that Plymouth has to offer. It was filmed on Dartmoor, in the City Centre, on The Hoe and from the top of Smeaton's Tower which is the best place to fully appreciate the city's unrivalled location...between moor and sea. This short film gives you a taste of Plymouth in all its glory in under four minutes. It includes footage of our wonderful waterfront, Devonport Naval Base, Drake Circus shopping mall and the old fashioned charms of the indoor City Market.

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Dartmoor pony and tor
Drake Circus carpark