🌳 Best Green Spaces in Plymouth 🌳

As I write this, it’s January, it’s cold, it’s cloudy, and I’ve just spent eight hours straight in the library working on my dissertation, a research article and revising for an exam. Life is kind of hectic at the moment, but it’s important to take time out. Plymouth sits on the Devon coast and is surrounded by some beautiful areas, and some of those great areas are within walking distance of campus, for when you want a bit of head space. Here are some of my favourites, in no particular order.

The Hoe

Walking Time from the SU: 20 minutes

Access: Open 24/7, 365 days a year, some routes into the park are step free.

Food/Drink Availability: There are various cafes, restaurants and pubs dotted both on and around the Hoe, so you’ll never be too far from refreshments. There is also a Tesco Express underneath Astor House.

Toilet Availability: Next to Valenti’s café (including disabled).

Why I like it: Wide open spaces, right on the coast, pedestrianised and it’s the place where many memories have been made.

 
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Beaumont Park

Walking Time from the SU: 10 minutes

Access: Open daily from 7.30am through to dusk. There is step free access.

Food/Drink Availability: None, but a short distance (1-2 minutes) from a Premier Express and a Tesco Express and pub (The Woodside).

Toilet Availability: None

Why I like it: Also known as the squirrel park, it’s a pleasant area to cut through when walking into town or to a friend’s house. I saw three squirrels in the space of about five minutes.

 
 

Freedom Fields Park

Walking Time from the SU: 15 minutes

Access: Open 24/7, 365 days a year. There is step free access.

Food/Drink Availability: A café.

Toilet Availability: At the café.

Why I like it: Also known as the dog park, I saw four dogs in two minutes, which is exactly why the park has its reputation. It also just about has a sea view! 

 
 

Central Park

Walking Time from the SU: 15 minutes

Access: Open 24/7, 365 days a year. There is step free access.

Food/Drink Availability: The life centre has a café and there is a kiosk in the park, but there is a new café in the process of being built.

Toilet Availability: Currently none but the new café will come with toilets.

Why I like it: Wide open spaces with boulevards of trees. If you ever walk to the Life Centre (for the free swimming…) you will no doubt walk through this park.

 
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Drake’s Place

Walking Time from the SU: 2-3 minutes

Access: Open daily from 7am through to dusk (6pm in winter). There is step free access.

Food/Drink Availability: The Reservoir Café is next door and specialises in vegetarian and vegan dishes. Being on campus, it has quick access to the other cafés.

Toilet Availability: All campus buildings contain toilets.

Why I like it: It’s a green space that is quick to get to if you need some time out from the library and contains some beautiful features.

 
 

BONUS: Mount Batten Peninsula

Walking Time from the SU:  Technically walking distance plus a ferry (and technically not a park) it takes 15 minutes to walk to the ferry point in the Barbican.

Access: Open 24/7, 365 days a year.

Food/Drink Availability: A restaurant and a pub are within a few minutes, but if you hop back on the ferry, the Barbican streets contain a great number of restaurants for every pallet.

Toilet Availability: In the car park.

Why I like it: I really love the view on top of the hill by the tower! So often I will look out towards the sea but it’s sometimes nice to look inland at Plymouth and try to spot the buildings you know.

 
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