Destination Plymouth and Brittany Ferries to promote sustainable travel

Partnership will encourage more people to take the ferry between Plymouth and Normandy, France

Destination Plymouth and Brittany Ferries to promote sustainable travel

Destination Plymouth

The joint initiative between Destination Plymouth and Brittany Ferries will promote sustainable travel between Plymouth (pictured) and Normandy, France

By Alice Chambers |

Destination Plymouth in the UK has partnered with Brittany Ferries to showcase the benefits of cross-Channel sailing and visiting both Plymouth and Brittany in Normandy, France.

The partnership, which is financed by VisitBritain’s GREAT Gateway Innovation Fund, will also promote travel by ferry as an accessible and sustainable travel option.

Brittany Ferries will operate from Roscoff, France, to Plymouth once or twice a day from March to November 2023. Sailings will take six hours by day and nine by night.

“We are delighted to be involved in this initiative which is such a good fit for our own ethos as a sustainable destination offering unrivalled coastal and countryside locations and activities, value for money and a plethora of other travel options from here onwards,” said Amanda Lumley, chief executive at Destination Plymouth. “We are known as Britain’s Ocean City and have enjoyed a very proud maritime history of welcoming visitors by sea for centuries, so we are eager to see many more make that short journey across the channel to explore all the opportunities Plymouth has to offer. This partnership is an excellent example of two key organisations working together to make that happen.”

Once docked in Plymouth, passengers will have the opportunity to explore the city, from visiting museums and galleries to exploring the UK’s first National Marine Park and Dartmoor National Park.

“While Brittany Ferries today links 12 ports in France, UK, Spain and Ireland, we never forget that Plymouth was our very first destination port 50 years ago when French farmers established a fledgling ferry route from Brittany to Devon in the UK,” said Julian Patchett, partnerships manager at Brittany Ferries. “Their vision wasn’t just to transport cargo and holidaymakers – they wanted above all to enrich the regions served by Brittany Ferries ships by promoting trade and tourism links. Our mission remains the same to this day, as we look to reveal the fabulous destinations of Plymouth and the southwest to a new generation of French travellers.”

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