Sue and David Radford look forward to welcoming you soon to our Guesthouse in Plymouth
Enjoying our home town
Plymouth's "square mile"
Plymouth is a historic, maritime city that is now the South West's entertainment, nightlife and shopping capital . It is surprisingly compact.. Within a square mile lie almost all of Plymouth's must see places - the entertainment district, Sutton Harbour, the Barbican, the shopping centre , Hoe Park and Plymouth Sound.
All of this - the city and the sea - are right on your doorstep when you book yourself in at the Rainbow Lodge which is well inside that square mile.
Plymouth Hoe, Sutton Harbour and the Barbican
Try taking a short walk to where Drake reputedly finished playing Bowls before facing the Armada. This is Plymouth's Hoe Park and there is still a Bowling Green here today.
'Hoe ' means high place and standing upon Hoe Park, you can look over one of the world's truly historic expanses of water, Plymouth Sound. Drake is not the only maritime figure that crossed this water by any means. This is where the Pilgrim Fathers set sail for America, where Cook left on his voyage to find Australia, where Darwin sailed for the Galapagos (by which time the large house that was to become Rainbow Lodge was already built) and the starting point for Scott, Shackleton and more recently Sir Francis Chichester.
Hoe Park is literally a minute's walk from your little gem of a b and b. And the Hoe's waterfront also contains the Wet Wok, one of Plymouth's best Chinese restaurants, the Terrace Cafe Bar and the Coffee Shack, a great selection of places to enjoy the view and take something on board!
Passing the Terrace, you are well on the way to Sutton Harbour and the Barbican. Here there are the historic buildings and streets of 'fun Plymouth' alongside one of the South West's busiest marinas . Here there is a huge choice of restaurants and pubs, and it's all within easy walking distance of the Rainbow Lodge.
The entertainment and shopping districts
Walk down Athenaeum St from the Rainbow Lodge and you can see the Theatre Royal, the Pavilions and the Reel Cinema close by.
The Theatre Royal is a top class venue for plays, drama, musicals and comedy, whilst the Pavilions is a significant arena for rock concerts and other large scale events including conventions.
Just to the East lies Plymouth's substantial shopping centre. Plymouth has always offered plenty to satisfy the serious shopper. But since late 2006 it has a huge new retail hub called Drake Circus to add to the 500 shops already trading in the city's pedestrianised centre.
And if big names like M&S, House of Fraser, Debenhams and Primark aren't your cup of tea, head for the Barbican with Southside and New Streets being particularly well known for items like jewellery, antiques, clocks, nautical items, used books, old silver, toys, china, paintings and porcelain.
The University of Plymouth
Although it offers a wide variety of courses and has the goal of becoming the 'enterprise university', a distinct marine theme can still be detected in the University of Plymouth's thinking. It holds 30,000 students and families visits are a major source of demand for the city's guest houses.
Named after an eminent former Vice Chancellor, the flagship Roland Levinsky building is about 5-10 minutes' walk from the Rainbow Lodge.
Transport and other services
Plymouth's railway, coach, bus and ferry terminals are all within walking distance of the Rainbow Lodge, and cash tills, convenience shops and a public phone are all very close by.