Brittany Ferries Ferry Crossings from Plymouth
Travelling from your local port of Plymouth makes getting to France or Spain so easy. Convenient sailing times mean that you can really make the most of your time away...
Cruise across by day or overnight to Roscoff, enjoy the fastest, most luxurious ferry service to Spain, take a day trip to France and be there and back in 24 hours
Plymouth to Roscoff
The charming port of Roscoff is ideally situated for exploring all parts of Brittany including the Pink Granite Coast, Quimper and the popular resorts of Bénodet and Concarneau. Fast roads take you quickly on to the Western Loire, the Dordogne and the delights of France's Atlantic coast.
Number of sailings: Up to two per day
Average sailing duration: Day crossing 6 hours, overnight crossing 8 hours
Plymouth to Santander (northern Spain)
Sailing on board Brittany Ferries' magnificent flagship, Pont-Aven or Cap Finistère, you'll arrive in the cosmopolitan city of Santander completely relaxed. With its glorious beaches and dramatic mountains you may be tempted to stay and discover more of 'Green Spain'. On the other hand, an impressive road network means that Madrid, the Costas, Portugal and the south of France are all easily accessible too.
Number of sailings: One return sailing per week
Average sailing duration: 24 hours
Plymouth Ferry Terminal
The terminal building has a cafe, bureau de change, pay phones, toilets, baby changing area, disabled services and long term parking facilities. Check in closes 45 minutes prior to departure. Please give yourself longer if you taking a pet.
Directions: (Car) Plymouth has excellent motorway connections to the M5 via the A38 making it ideally situated for access from the North, Midlands, Wales, and the West Country. From the M5 motorway head south west towards Plymouth on the A38. Follow signs to Millbay Docks and Ferries. (Coach) National Express run a regular service to London Victoria. The trip takes around 5.5 hours and it takes 20 minutes to walk from the bus station to the ferry terminal. (Train) Plymouth Railway Station is located in North Street, just five minutes from the city centre. There is a regular bus service from the station to Plymouth ferry port or it takes 20 minutes to walk.
Top Attractions in Plymouth
Most of Plymouth's attractions are centred around the Barbican and The Hoe, but a short drive will allow you to experience the delights of Dartmoor, Buckland Abbey and Crownhill Fort.
The Barbican is the prettiest and oldest area of Plymouth, and the site of the original fishing port. It has a number of must-see attractions, quaint shops and excellent restaurants. The Barbican Glassworks have glassblowing demonstrations to show how their delicate wares are made. The Elizabethan House on New Street, and the beautiful Merchant's House on St. Andrews Street offer a fascinating glimpse into Plymouth's medieval past. By the water's edge, The Mayflower Steps, built in 1934, are a permanent memorial to the Pilgrims' voyage to America. From the steps, you can also take high-speed boat trips, or cruises to Saltash, giving stunning views of Plymouth from the water.
Mount Edgcumbe Country Park
From the Mayflower Steps or the Cremyll Quay, take a ferry to the grand Mount Edgcumbe House, built in the 16th century. Once you've visited the house, you can stroll through acres of landscaped park, or enjoy a Devon cream tea in the Orangery Tearooms which overlooks Plymouth Sound.
Plymouth Hoe is a large area next to the seafront, with magnificent views over the Plymouth Sound. It is here that Sir Francis Drake is believed to have insisted on finishing his game of bowls prior to his assault on the Spanish Armada. Smeatons Tower is one of the world's most famous lighthouses, which was moved from the Eddystone rocks by the Victorians to the Hoe in 1877. It overlooks Tinside Pool, a unique 1930's outdoor Lido, where you can have a splash with the kids in the summer months.
Crownhill Fort, known locally as Plymouth's best kept secret, is an elaborate Victorian fort built in 1863. There's a daily gun firing at 1:30pm and the staff dress up in Victorian costumes, and offer period outfits for younger visitors.
National Marine Aquarium
Britain's biggest aquarium and Europe's deepest tank, was voted 'Aquarium of the Year' by the good Britain Guide.
The second oldest house in Plymouth, built in 1498, is a fine limestone building with a galleried courtyard. It houses the 28-foot Plymouth Tapestry and the bottom floor is let to Tanners, one of Plymouth's finest restaurants.
A few miles from the city is Dartmoor, one of the largest National Parks in Britain and the last great wilderness in Southern England.
Francis Drake's beautiful stately home is eleven miles from Plymouth, and offers revealing insights into the daring explorer's life.
In and around the city itself, you'll find a great choice of restaurants, pubs and cafés. Seafood here is a speciality, with fresh fish caught daily. Most of the restaurants with the best views over the water can be found in the Barbican.