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Plymouth Hoe is an outdoor public space and live events venue located on the historic waterfront of Plymouth. The Hoe is an obvious focal point for the city, with its spectacular backdrop of Plymouth Sound, one of the world's great natural harbours. 


No doubt you will know it for Sir Francis Drake's legendary game of bowls before leaving to defeat the Spanish Armada. 


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.

The car park at Hooe Rovers Football Club - Please note this is no longer available.

Park and Ride is also a good option for getting into the city centre if you’re travelling by car. Services run Monday to Saturday from three locations around the city.

Check if you can help cut the cost and environmental impact of travelling by car with the car share scheme


The following road closures have been organised during the event:

  • 7am to 7pm – Hoe Road from the Mound at the Citadel to the Junction of Madeira Road, with parking restricted throughout this time

  • 7am to 7pm – Top of Osborne Place to the junction of the back of The Esplanade 

  • 5.30pm to 7pm  Citadel Road from the junction of Lockyer Street to the junction of Sussex Street, with parking restricted from 7am

  • 5pm to 6.30pm – Madeira Road from the junction of Lambhay Hill in its entirety 

  • 5pm to 6.30pm – Hoe Road from the junction of Madeira Road to the junction of Pier Street

  • 3pm to 6.30pm – Staddon Lane (From the junction of Staddon Heights golf cub to the junction of Jennycliff lane)

  • 3pm to 6.30pm –  Jennycliff Lane from its junction of Staddon Lane to Lalebrick Road 



Disabled parking is available in Ballard House car park (West Hoe Road, PL1 3BJ) for approximately 50 car parking spaces for blue badge holders.  


A shuttle bus supplied by Citybus will operate between Ballard House and the Hoe from 8.30am to 7pm. The bus will run from Ballard House every 30 minutes in a circular route to West Hoe Road, The Crescent, around Derry's Cross roundabout, Citadel Road and then to Hoe ramp access on Hoe Road, where the bus will drop off/pick up disabled passengers - a blue badge must be shown to enable usage of the bus for free.  

Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

In the table below, the * times indicate that the bus stop will temporarily be relocated to the zebra crossing on Citadel Road. Click here or on the image below to view a larger version.


Park and Ride services will be in operation during the event.

Citybus will offer free travel across the Armed Forces Day  to serving personnel in uniform, cadets in uniform and those showing a veterans badge.

For all bus enquiries:​


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 for more details on times and how to book.

We recommend using 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). Go to for details.


Rail and coach services connect Plymouth to the regional airports of Exeter, Newquay and Bristol. There are also transport links to Plymouth from London Heathrow Airport and London Gatwick Airport



If you're looking to find local accommodation in Plymouth, you will be spoilt for choice; from hotels, bed & breakfasts, to self-catering, holiday cottages and more.
While you're staying in the city, be sure to check out all the things to do, as well as where to shop and grab a bite to eat.