Oreston takes its name from the local limestone quarries where its stone was used in the construction of Plymouth Breakwater. Originally a small fishing village, Oreston has expanded over the decades to become an attractive suburb of its larger neighbour, the City of Plymouth. Situated on the south bank of the Cattewater, a stretch of water where the river Plym empties into Plymouth Sound, Oreston still retains the charms of its earlier heritage with fishing trawlers, yachts and small sailing boats plying its waters. It is said that the inspiration behind Daniel Defoe's "Robinson Crusoe" was the seafaring adventures of an individual named Alexander Selkirk who lived for some time in Oreston after marrying a local pub landlady.
With a population of around 3,000 Oreston provides a range of local amenities for its residents including a highly regarded primary school, churches, shop and public house. Oreston Quay is home to Plym Yacht Club with its free public slipway and water taxi service, and the venue for many community events held through the year, including carnival and concerts. The University of Plymouth is just a ten minute drive with its multiple shopping and leisure facilities.