How to get here
Arriving by bus
Local residents are strongly encouraged to use the local bus services to get to the event. Plymouth is very well served by buses with nearly all parts of the city linked directly to Royal Parade which is approximately a 10 minute walk to the Hoe where the event will be taking place. The No 25 bus will continue to run from the city centre around the waterfront throughout the day until 6pm on Saturday. There will be diversions in place for the Thursday Triathlon.
For bus timetables please use this link: www.plymouth.gov.uk/bustimetables
For journey planning please either call Traveline on 0871 200 2233 or use this link: www.travelinesw.com
A route map for the service 25 can be found here: https://www.plymouthbus.co.uk/services/PLYC/25
Stagecoach will be offering FREE ravel for Armed Forces Day, on 24 and 25 June 2023, for any veteran wearing medals or a veteran's badge, serving personnel in uniform or with proof of military ID and cadets can travel for free on all Stagecoach services across the full weekend.
Arriving by Park & Ride
All visitors arriving by car are encouraged to use Plymouth’s Park and Ride services to Royal Parade which is approximately a 10 minute walk up to the Hoe.
However, please note that all the Park and Ride sites will be busy on Saturday 24 June because of Armed Forces Day and Sir Rod Stewart performing in Plymouth.
The Rod Stewart concert is at Home Park, adjacent to Milehouse Park and Ride.
This means that parking availability at Milehouse Park and Ride will be very limited and we would encourage you to use either the George Junction or Coypool Park and Ride to travel to the Armed Forces Day celebrations.
Please note that there will be concert park and ride buses, operated by Plymouth Citybus, operating from both the George Park and Ride and Coypool park and ride, to Home Park from 4pm on Saturday.
Visitors are encouraged to check the bus timetables before travelling.
Parking at the Park and Rides is available on a first come first served basis. If the Park and Ride sites are full by the time you arrive, don’t worry. Please park in the city centre.
DIRECTIONS IF COMING BY CAR
Sat nav ref: PL1 2TR (Main city centre car parks – a short 5 minute walk from the venue)
From the North
The main route is via the M5 motorway and then continuing on the A38 Expressway via Exeter. Leave the A38 at Marsh Mills interchange and take the A374 which is clearly signed for the city centre. It takes about 3.5 hours from London to Plymouth.
From the West
Leave the A38 at Manadon interchange and take the A386 into the city. It's about 1.5 hours from Truro.
There are plenty of car parks in the city centre within walking distance of the venue. You can find somewhere to park on the Plymouth City Council parking page. The nearest car park to the Hoe is the Theatre Royal Car Park.
Check if you can help cut the cost and environmental impact of travelling by car with the car share scheme.
Disabled parking is available in Ballard House car park (West Hoe Road, PL1 3BJ) for approximately 30 car parking spaces for blue badge holders, plus the use of on-street parking.
The 25B bus supplied by Citybus will operate a shuttle service between Ballard House, Royal Parade (outside the Theatre Royal) Hoe Road (near the Hoe ramp) and back to Ballard House at 30-minute intervals. Starting from Ballard House from 8.30am with the last departure from Hoe Road being at 6.30pm.
Citybus and Stagecoach are offering military personnel in uniform and veterans and cadets, wearing their AFD badge, free bus travel on Armed Forces Day.
See the full timetable here.
For more information on the city, you can find maps of Plymouth here.
The following road closures will be in place during Armed Forces Day:
Hoe Road from the Mound at the Citadel to the junction of Madeira Road from 7am to 10.30pm, with suspension of parking from 7am to 10.30pm.
Citadel Road from the junction of Lockyer Street to the junction of Sussex Street from 5pm to 7pm with suspension of Parking 7am to 7pm.
Suspension of parking on Lockyer Street entrance to the Hoe to the junction with The Esplanades from 7am to 7pm.
Parking restrictions are on 9 parking bays at the top of Cliff Road and 9 parking bays at the top of Osbourne Place from midnight Friday until 8pm on Saturday.
See the map of road closures
Plymouth is easily accessible by train with a wide range of services running from a variety of locations within England. Although some services may require a change or two.
Travelling from London takes around 3 hours with Great Western Railway, if you're coming from the north, the trip from Manchester can take 5 hours 15 minutes.
Alternatively, the recently renovated Night Riviera Sleeper service runs Monday – Friday and Sunday evenings. Visit gwr.com/sleeper for more details on times and how to book.
We recommend using GWR.com to search for the fastest and best route for your journey, and book in advance for the best price.
Brittany Ferries operates car ferry services to Plymouth from Roscoff (France) and Santander (Spain). For details, go to http://www.brittany-ferries.com.