Plymouth is often used as a base by visitors to Dartmoor, the Tamar Valley and the beaches of south-east Cornwall. Kingsand, Cawsand and Whitsand Bay are popular.
Plymouth's gross value added (a measure of the size of its economy) was 5,169 million GBP in 2013 making up 25% of Devon's GVA. Its GVA per person was £19,943 and compared to the national average of £23,755, was £3,812 lower. Plymouth's unemployment rate was 7.0% in 2014 which was 2.0 points higher than the South West average and 0.8 points higher than the average for Great Britain (England, Wales and Scotland).
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From the Seven Seas to bars around the world, Plymouth Gin has had its share of adventures over the last 200 years. We know the future will be no different and we can’t wait.
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Our home since 1793 and a monastery before that, the historical Black Friars distillery is the oldest working gin distillery in England.
In the Parliament of the United Kingdom, Plymouth is represented by the three constituencies of Plymouth Moor View, Plymouth Sutton and Devonport and South West Devon and within the European Parliament as South West England. In the 2015 general election all three constituencies returned Conservative MPs, who were Oliver Colvile (for Sutton and devonport), Gary Streeter (for Sutton and Devonport) and Johnny Mercer for Moor View.
The city is also home to two large colleges. The City College Plymouth provides courses from the most basic to Foundation degrees for approximately 26,000 students. Plymouth College of Art offers a selection of courses including media. It was started 153 years ago and is now one of only four independent colleges of art and design in the UK.
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Plymouth lies between the River Plym to the east and the River Tamar to the west; both rivers flow into the natural harbour of Plymouth Sound. Since 1967, the unitary authority of Plymouth has included the, once independent, towns of Plympton and Plymstock which lie along the east of the River Plym. The River Tamar forms the county boundary between Devon and Cornwall and its estuary forms the Hamoaze on which is sited Devonport Dockyard.
If you’re considering a visit to the city, check out the Devon Tourist Information Board for a full list of events and festivals all year round. You’ll find that a memorable visit to Plymouth doesn’t depend on the quality of the British summer.
Rainfall tends to be associated with Atlantic depressions or with convection. The Atlantic depressions are more vigorous in autumn and winter and most of the rain which falls in those seasons in the south-west is from this source. Average annual rainfall is around 980 millimetres (39 in). November to March have the highest mean wind speeds, with June to August having the lightest winds. The predominant wind direction is from the south-west.
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As they’re heated in the still, the alcohol and essential oils turn to vapour and rise up the swan neck and through into the condenser column, where they’re cooled back into a liquid.
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From the building’s origins to our Victorian copper still and our modern day bar, a tour around the Black Friars Distillery is not something you’ll soon forget.
The early port settlement of Plymouth, called "Sutton", approximates to the area now referred to as the Barbican and has 100 listed buildings and the largest concentration of cobbled streets in Britain. The Pilgrim Fathers left for the New World in 1620 near the commemorative Mayflower Steps in Sutton Pool. Also on Sutton Pool is the National Marine Aquarium which displays 400 marine species and includes Britain's deepest aquarium tank.
Come rain or shine you’ll find something for everyone among the city streets, surrounding countryside and marine environment beyond. There are well-known landmarks, historical sites and natural assets to explore across Plymouth’s many unique areas and districts.
Plymouth is the regional television centre of BBC South West. A team of journalists are headquartered at Plymouth for the ITV West Country regional station, after a merger with ITV West forced ITV Westcountry to close on 16 February 2009. The main local newspapers serving Plymouth are The Herald and Western Morning News with Radio Plymouth, BBC Radio Devon, Heart South West, and Pirate FM being the main local radio stations.
The making of fruit gins has a long tradition in the areas surrounding our West Country home, with sloe gin especially popular. In fact it’s been made for so long that it has a history almost as long as our own. Originally made by soaking the fruit of the blackthorn bush, sloe berries, in gin and adding sugar, our version is based on a classic 1883 recipe and is an essential part of numerous classic cocktails, including the Sloe Gin Fizz.
The University of St Mark & St John (known as "Marjon" or "Marjons") specialises in teacher training, and offers training across the country and abroad.
To the west of the city is Devonport, one of Plymouth's historic quarters. As part of Devonport's millennium regeneration project, the Devonport Heritage Trail has been introduced, complete with over 70 waymarkers outlining the route.
If you've ever read your horoscope and been disappointed when you didn't meet a tall, dark stranger or enjoy a windfall – then there could be a very good reason.
A 2014 profile by the National Health Service showed Plymouth had higher than average levels of poverty and deprivation (26.2% of population among the poorest 20.4% nationally). Life expectancy, at 78.3 years for men and 82.1 for women, was the lowest of any region in the South West of England.
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Every drop of Plymouth Gin we make comes from just one Victorian copper still. Every day the still is used, it is hand loaded with the seven hand selected botanicals, the manhole closed and the steam valve opened.
The 1-mile-long (2 km) Breakwater in Plymouth Sound was designed by John Rennie in order to protect the fleet moving in and out of Devonport; work started in 1812. Numerous technical difficulties and repeated storm damage meant that it was not completed until 1841, twenty years after Rennie's death. In the 1860s, a ring of Palmerston forts was constructed around the outskirts of Devonport, to protect the dockyard from attack from any direction.
The mid-19th century burial ground at Ford Park Cemetery was reopened in 2007 by a successful trust and the City council operate two large early 20th century cemeteries at Weston Mill and Efford both with crematoria and chapels. There is also a privately owned cemetery on the outskirts of the city, Drake Memorial Park which does not allow headstones to mark graves, but a brass plaque set into the ground.
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Plymouth Gin is not just the choice for seafaring pioneers. Since the beginning of the 20th century it’s also been the choice of bartenders around the globe.
Plymouth (i/ˈplɪməθ/) is a city on the south coast of Devon, England, about 37 miles (60 km) south-west of Exeter and 190 miles (310 km) west-south-west of London, between the mouths of the rivers Plym to the east and Tamar to the west where they join Plymouth Sound to form the boundary with Cornwall.
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A new drink inspired by a very old custom, the Pennant takes its name from an old naval flag, the Gin Pennant. Tradition has it that a ship in port would raise this flag to invite officers from other nearby vessels to come aboard for a drink. It’s a simple philosophy of friendship and sharing stories, but one we think should be shared with the world.
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It’s the water we used from Dartmoor that meant we were the first gin bottled in clear glass. We’ve never had anything to hide.