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Devonport Royal Dockyard

DML Ltd., Plymouth PL1 4SG, England
+44 1752 605665
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15 Mar 2017
“Nice ships”
30 Oct 2015
“Great if you get a chance”
DML Ltd., Plymouth PL1 4SG, England
+44 1752 605665
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Reviewed 16 March 2017

You get to see lovley frigates ans submarines from diffrent parts of the world when they do stop here

Thank Richard C
Reviewed 30 October 2015 via mobile

As an active naval base you can't just expect to rock up and walk around. The yard does host a lot of external events though, if you get the chance take it! The place is full of history and the ships/subs are interesting to see

2  Thank Hafniu
Reviewed 13 August 2015

If you are in Plymouth visit the Naval Heritage Museum. We had a wonderful guided tour with a retired naval architect who was a mine of information. I could have stayed all day there was so much to see. I understand this museum is currently...More

1  Thank Steve R
Reviewed 29 July 2015

These docks must have been amazing in their day, firstly the docks buildings although they are now used for other things, with a little imagination you can see the officers going into the buildings and getting their manifest sorted out. Then lookout to the water,...More

1  Thank Taffyby
Reviewed 15 December 2014

Superb, unreliable taxi companies, let down by three companies after pre booking the night before. Mariners Guest House totally amazeballs the best place to stay

Thank Damian D D
Reviewed 6 October 2014

I have visited the dockyard many times when i have come down to plymouth you can get a boat trip from the barbican it is very interesting and you can see the war ships in dock and at time you will see the sub on...More

1  Thank BveverleyEaston
Reviewed 26 July 2014

Good modernisation and reuse of dockyard buildings of impressive architectural style. Handy walk to Cremyll Ferry for Edgecombe estate. Some buildings re-used as modes gallery and huge restaurant with licence, and alfresco. All spotlessly clean Ferry Point for cross harbour ferry to Plymouth Barbican.

Thank Margaret C
Reviewed 21 May 2013

So far as we can tell the only visiting within Devonport Naval Base is on Navy Days and occasional pre planned escorted visits to a few sites within Drake and the dockyard. Devonport is apparently bigger and more active than Portsmouth but has none of...More

9  Thank MacM874
Reviewed 27 March 2013

Unlike most I have had the privilege to wander around this historic area mostly in days gone by when I refitted government craft. The buildings are spectacular, the place oozes history, and thoughts of far flung adventures. If you get the chance take a Tamar...More

2  Thank RonA_Plymouth
Reviewed 17 March 2013

I was the fourth generation to work there. My father born, 1910, was an engineer and a helmet diver during the 2nd WW. His father was born in Passage West, Cork, Ireland and was a shipwright/carpenter in Devonport. His father was also born in Passage...More

3  Thank Les H
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Jim J F
Did my apprenticeship there, 1962-68; a very stressful and unpleasant experience. In winter would arrive and leave in darkness, often cooped up in a workshop most of the day. Work was a love/hate relationship and too many of the employees were lazy and indifferent, or plain incompetent. Plymouth has an inferiority complex, IMO. Civic pride is lacking due to its relative isolation and unfortunate geography, locked between Dartmoor, the Channel and River Tamar- all restrictions to access and transport. For instance, the rail trip from Exeter only 40 miles away takes about an hour... Must be the largest UK city without an airport, just appalling. Decades of bad governance under ultra-conservative administrations hasn't done much to promote its history- which is more imposing than that of Portsmouth but far less understood or appreciated. I emigrated for a better future for my kids, only regret being I didn't do it sooner.
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Colin H Technically, Plymouth has an airport- or actually USED to have an airport, which has been closed for 6 years at least-- I flew in and out several times when working in Norway- no jets, only turboprops, slow & noisy... More