Our City & Our Culture…


We Are Proud Of Our City And It’s Culture…


Plymouth has been connecting, engaging and showcasing culture to audiences for years; it has become recognised by many of our guests as a rich and varied ‘Arts and Cultural Platform’.

Thought of to many like a waterfall; it both allows you to observe its beauty from a far (without getting wet!) or leap in with both feet, letting the water cascade over you whilst it takes your breath away.

Whether you class yourself as culturally aware or just enjoy the occasional show, exhibition or performance; Plymouth has something for everyone.

There is a large and ever evolving community in Plymouth that work passionately to create a programme of events and activities that both entertain, and cross boundaries; to help us escape from our ‘everyday’.   

Many of them also linked with a deep rooted commitment to use art and culture as a force of change; to aid growth and change lives; offering unlimited possibilities to all. So audiences become more than observers, but by their participation they too are creating a long lasting legacy.


No matter what day, night, week or even year you are staying with us, it’s safe to say that across the plethora of amazing settings there will be something sensational to see, to do or to be part of.

Plymouth’s natural beauty, heritage, cosmopolitan flavour and rich cultural diversity is exactly  what offers our guests such a variety of ways to experience the amazing city we are proud to call home; to explore and truly enjoy Britain’s Ocean City.

Home Away From Home This Easter…

Everyone loves a family holiday.

There is no question, if we could all be guaranteed a couple of weeks a year when we can all diarise the time to take off together we would.  Ok, so we would also all diarise non-moody teenagers, tantrum free toddlers and partners with patience – but time at least is something most of us can manage!

Easter is the perfect time to get away; it’s a reward for getting through the first part of the year, and the springboard that connects us to summer being just around the corner!

Staying at the Strathmore House Apartments makes so much sense; it is the perfect home away from home for all the family!


New Continental Hotel’s leisure complex; swimming pool

PLUS…Strathmore House Apartment guests get to use Club Continental for FREE!

Meaning parents can have some chill time in the sauna and steam room; and children can have some fun time playing in the heated indoor pool.


Steve’s Brasserie is also just a moment away from the apartments and based in our sister hotel; the New Continental. Great for families, as they not only have an amazing pizza oven (see here for offers) they also have a great children’s menu.

Outside Strathmore House Apartments…

Plymouth as a city offers so much to see, do and be part of.  There are lots of free activities as well as theatre fun, the National Marine Aquarium and MUCH, MUCH MORE!

The Theatre Royal Plymouth has these amazing shows coming up this Easter, and it’s just a two minute walk from the apartments:

Pepperland | The Worst Witch | We’re Going on a Bear Hunt | Woodland Tales with Grandad

Saltrum House is an amazing National Trust House & Garden. It was once a home to the Parker family and is now a home to lots of wild animals.

You could easily spend one or two of your days in Plymouth exploring the park, dressing up in the house or finding out all about natures ‘Grand designs’. There is an infamous  Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt too.

Easter Egg Hunt | 24 March – 8 April | 10am to 4pm. £2 per hunt. Normal admission prices into the house and garden apply. There is no admission charge for Under 5s and National Trust members.

Plymouth by Foot & Bike  is an amazing FREE activity. Given our cities history; there have been many famous people walking the Plymouth cobbles. Follow in their footsteps of these infamous explorers, pioneers and artists and walk the Southwest coast path from Royal William Yard to the Barbican.

You will encounter iconic naval buildings, breath-taking views over the natural harbour of Plymouth Sound and the intriguing characteristics of the former towns and villages that make up this original marine city.

Also on route are lots of Cafés, restaurants and bars such as The Mission as well as  Smeaton’s iconic tower, the Mayflower steps and The Hoe Promenade.

Getting Here By Road…

A city that is easily accessible, the road trip here is good too! And if you want some tips on how to survive ‘The Family Road Trip’, staff at the New Continental Hotel have shared some of their own survival tips! They have added some great printable resources too!!

With so much to see and do; check our availability or contact us for more details?

We would love to hear from you.

Relocation Special | New Year, New Home

lady jumping with green trees either side in the sunshine

Moving To Plymouth…

The start of a new year can often bring with it big, bold, brave new decisions…like relocating!

They say that moving is one of the most stressful things; but fuse that with moving to an entirely new city and things can feel terribly overwhelming.

Fear Not!

Here at Strathmore House Apartments we have worked with individuals, businesses and families who are thinking about Plymouth being their new home.

Over the last 10 years, we have grown to understand all too well that it’s a big step to relocate for work or pleasure.  Whether you already have a job offer or are just taking the plunge and moving to look for work in another town or city – it can be really tough.

Yet still, even if you’re relocating for pleasure, to be with family or friends, it still can be hard; to lose the things you are familiar with. Not just friends but also the sense of routine, that scalextric track we all get far too used to driving or walking, the vista, the short cuts, the where to get your hair cut!

Yes, it can be tough, terrifying and totally daunting, but it’s also an extremely exciting time: a time we love to be part of.

Be it that you are striking out on your own, with your family or to start a new career; exploring a new city brings so much opportunity to explore you – as well as a new city!

Meeting new people, experiencing a different place, stumbling on hidden gems; there is so much to look forward to.


How Do We Help..?

A place to call home

In the past, we have had people stay for a month or two; to make sure that before any final decisions are made they are certain that Britain’s Ocean City, is the city for them.

As serviced apartments, we have a flexibility that really works for people relocating. We all know that moving house, be you buying or renting is never straightforward. A date can change three or four times easily. With our 2 nights to 2 year or more attitude we are open, willing and able to offer you a home no matter how many times the dates change. So although still annoying, we will be your safe place, where you can close the door and lock yourself away from the frustrations!

We arrived at the Strathmore in November, as the property we were purchasing was still not completed for us to move into! We were met by Ali, who from the first meeting was very welcoming and made our stresses much more bearable! Ali continued to support us even with the uncertainty of when we would actually leave, nothing was too much trouble at all. The housekeeping staff were extremely efficient, so lovely to come home to a beautifully cleaned apartment with an abundance of towels for our needs. The apartment we had was amazing, four good bedrooms with amazing views of the Sound and our new property! Would recommend for this accommodation for any use, business, holidays or simply temporary home, which was our situation. Thank you to all and especially Ali! Julie, Rik and Family



New Friends

With our friendly, local knowledge you will always be guaranteed a warm family welcome and a happy information centre for all your local knowledge needs! Doctors & Dentists but also places to eat, explore and learn about our beautiful city and its rich history.

Incredible location on the Hoe, very close to the Barbican, it has an express Tesco market next to it. Apartment is spacious and very clean with all necessary equipment. Very good and reasonable prices, spent almost 2 months there. I would recommend it to anyone as a family, friend or business trip stay, short or long. Excellent services and help provided from Ally is a wonderful host, manager and apartment operator. I came from Saudi with my 2 year-old.  Ally made sure everything was available and needed and pops by to see how your doing. She basically makes you feel home away from home (two thumbs up).



For you to be reading this, Plymouth has probably already captured your heart.  We know how easily our city can do that! Still haven’t made your mind up? Do you need a little taster of what living and working in Plymouth might be like? We can help.  Here are some links and clips that may just help make your mind up.

Plus, if we can help in any other way, we would love to be one of the first to help welcome you to our spectacular city.

Helpful Links 

Great videos with ‘real’ people telling their ‘real’ stories about Plymouth.

Visit Plymouth – useful guides and information.

10 Things That Make Plymouth GREAT…

Leisure break in Plymouth shopping centre, Devon UK

What Makes Our City Great..?

Here are  the TOP 10 factors that we think makes our city GREAT …


Many of the guests we talk to say that Plymouth is a great city and that they will be back. Although this is truly amazing to know and to hear, and of course can’t wait to welcome them back, we want to know…

What is it that makes a city great?

What is it that makes ‘our’ city great?

We look into the DNA of Britain’s Ocean City to discover just what it is that makes us feel that our home is one of the best in the world.

First of all, let’s look at the 10 things we are most proud of here in Plymouth.

It’s Exciting…

Never is there a day in Plymouth that can be classed as dull! Ok, sometimes the weather maybe, but this is the South West!

The sense of possibility is why Plymouthians seem to be so forgiving of the stresses and strains of city life. Certainly we work hard, but we also appreciate that our city is always evolving, enchanting and exciting.

There is ALWAYS something to do, and as a result always something new to see or be part of.

The buzz is what makes Plymouth GREAT!

It’s Beautiful

Beauty is everywhere in Plymouth. People say that Venice is the most beautiful city in the world; needless to say we think Plymouth should be up there too!

Described by many as breathtakingly unique and sensationally beautiful…

Each building is a work of art.  Plymouth’s architecture may not at first be seen as beautiful, but when you take a city that was hit so hard by the bombs,  then quickly rebuilds it with love, determination and pride (and yes, a little concrete too!) you see a very different side to the grey.

It’s sandwiched between the ocean and the moors, it’s nestled between the rest of Devon and Cornwall. Its beauty is within every aspect of its geographical location, its sea views, its thriving business community and the people that love it so.

Plymouth is truly stunning, that makes Plymouth GREAT!

It’s Tasty

We have everything and it’s ALL tasty!

Plymouth is alive with talent and our chefs are no exception. Our bars and restaurant scene has everything and more. Despite being hard to walk down the streets without feeling hungry, it’s a heavenly offering of tasty treats around every corner!

Furthermore, you don’t have to be a ‘Foodie’ to appreciate Plymouth’s food scene.  It’s not all pompous, not all quirky and certainly not all pretentious. It’s just all about your food experience, and Plymouth’s desire to make that experience a great one.

You can grab great street food at places like Supha’s, fantastic Fish & Chips, food on the go from great bakeries like Friary Mill and mouth watering artisan breads and cakes from places like the Column Bakehouse.

Restaurants such as The Mission  and others are amazing settings;  all  offering up great, fresh, local ingredient -with passionate people sharing their sensational offerings.

The food along with the people offering the food, that’s what makes Plymouth GREAT!

It’s Social

Plymouth people aren’t the only social things in our beautiful waterfront City.

Plymouth is a hot-spot of social enterprise activity in the UK and for that reason, in 2013 became a ‘social enterprise city’.

Plymouth University was also the first university in the world to be awarded the Social Enterprise Mark. This was in recognition of working as a genuine social enterprise, caring for communities and protecting the planet.

Plymouth isn’t just about doing good business; the people in Plymouth are concerned with making a positive impact on the world as well as making a profit.

Plymouth is alive with purpose and passion. Many of the Plymouth’s advocates and stakeholders are brave, bold and curious leaders that inspire, whilst unlocking the potential and seeing the value in our community.

Plymouth is authentically growing a city that is about the why and the how, it’s not a gimmick or a marketing slogan, it’s just a fact!

Social Enterprise in Plymouth is a genuine mechanism to solve social problems while feeling connected to a higher purpose – that’s what makes Plymouth GREAT!

It’s Worth Exploring

Varied is something that is said about Plymouth all the time; but whats more,  it’s so true. Perhaps one of the very best ways to describe our Ocean City is just that, varied!

It’s character is overwhelming, hence if the UK was a theatre production, Plymouth would most certainly be the star of the show!

The interesting places to visit, mostly on foot and many of which  free lends itself to being one of the best holiday destinations in the UK.

Above all, the fun new developments fused magically with the rich and treasured history gives Plymouth an edge like no other.

Who wouldn’t want to explore something so divine..?

People love exploring Plymouth, that’s what makes it GREAT!

It’s History Is Rich

Plymouth really does have a history that entices many to take a walk back through time; exploring and unearthing Plymouth’s hidden gems.

The origins of Plymouth can be traced back to Saxon times! It has a history that naturally reflects its maritime location but what’s more, a history everyone is proud to tell.

It’s not just the sensational people; the William Hawkins, Sir Francis Drake,  Pilgrim Fathers and Lady Astor’s (to name just a few!) of our past that shine so brightly.  It’s the iconic Plymouth Gin distillery, farmland referred to in the Domesday Book in 1086, the citadel, the Dockyard, the part Plymouth played in the Second World War and SOOOO much more!

It’s history combined with it’s tomorrow is what makes Plymouth GREAT!

It’s Friendly

In the words of R.E.M – we are “Shiny, Happy People”!

Cities can be a bit of a paradox sometimes – thousands of people, somehow all feeling alone. But Plymouth is awash with smiles, making it a great destination for a family-friendly city break, for lone travellers to enjoy their escape and just about anyone looking for a warm, friendly welcome.

A favourite quote of ours, from a guest visiting Plymouth is that it is a ‘Bubbly City’!  So, for that reason, it goes without saying that our beautiful city has fun times written all over it!

Everyone in Plymouth is helpful, whether it’s offering directions, making recommendations or just simply offering a smile. Anyone can feel at home in Plymouth; with its storybook-like vista, colourful facades, cobbled streets and happy people.

Our happiness is what makes Plymouth GREAT!

It’s Culture

Plymouth Culture is rich, varied, of high quality and insanely sensational!

There isn’t a day that goes by that Plymouth isn’t hosting something great. Be it a festival, a fabulous production, an exciting performance, a fashion show, antiques fair … the list is endless!

There is not only a vibrant local music scene with some of the world’s best talent (made even more epic with the introduction of ‘Pavilions Introduces’) but simply the variety of culture on offer.

Plymouth Pavilions is a sensational venue, and now Pavilions Introduces is a hand curated program of events which showcases the South West’s finest talent.  Turning the outstaning setting into an intimate gig space, with bands like the Land Of The Giants and Tankus The Hence.

Plymouth is also home to the fabulous Barbican Theatre and The Box. The Box is a major project underway in the heart of Plymouth, a history centre like no other. But Plymouth is also home to so much more.

Theatre Royal Plymouth is the envy of many theatres; with its world premiers, award winning TR2 (the theatres production and learning centre) and their rich programme that offers something for everyone across their three stages.

What makes Plymouth great is not any one cultural activity; it’s the patchwork of all of them sewn together that makes Plymouth so GREAT!

It’s Happily Diverse

Plymouth is a city that welcomes change and diversity.  It supports people to be their very best and achieve their objectives, passions and vision.

It really empowers and enables people’s goals, embraces their backgrounds and their culture whilst always seeing their individual value.

Because of this openness to embrace diversity, Plymouth is awash with an amazing calendar of events, sensational exhibitions, an amazing range of restaurants offering food from all around the world and some amazing small retailers selling their native products.

It’s this mixture of Plymouth’s classical heritage, cultural evolution and diversity , as well as new innovations that really does make it, in our opinion, one of the most diverse and exciting cities in the world.

Plymouth see’s diversity as an opportunity, not a challenge or problem and knows that all cultures can only thrive, when they are in contact with cultural diversity.

That’s What makes Plymouth GREAT!

That’s what we thing are the best 10 things about Plymouth, and to be honest we could have done 20, 30, 100! But we want to know, what is it about Plymouth that you think makes it so great..?

Summer in The City – New For 2017

View to Mountbatten from Plymouth Hoe in Devon, UK

With their strong sense of purpose, passion and pride for Plymouth; the New Continental Group truly appreciates the width and breadth of Plymouth’s offer for their visitors. They understand that Plymouth takes a unique shape in comparison to other city destinations in the UK; it has a wealth of history and heritage, its cultural heartbeat creates a rhythm that is rich and varied and offers a plethora of opportunities and activities for everyone.

With so much to see and do, Strathmore House Apartments, part of the New Continental Group know it’s essential that guests visiting Plymouth have somewhere so stay that matches the creativity and innovation on offer, and it’s not only the apartments themselves…

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Why Strathmore House Apartments?

Plymouth Serviced Apartments - comfy apartment with coffee and cookies on bed

Serviced apartments are fast becoming one of the most popular choices for leisure and business travellers in Plymouth. If you’re looking for a place to live rather than just sleep in Britain’s Ocean City, Strathmore House Apartments are the perfect accommodation solution during your time in our beautiful city.

But why are serviced apartments and particularly Strathmore House Apartments the perfect choice; and what are the tangible benefits?

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Club Continental at the New Continental Hotel – New For 2017

New Continental Hotel’s leisure complex; swimming pool

As our guests at Strathmore House Apartments, you have free access to Club Continental, the leisure complex at the New Continental Hotel. Just a few minutes’ walk away from Strathmore House Apartments and complete with sauna, steam room, two gyms and a heated indoor swimming pool.

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