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Central Park

Central Park is the largest park in Plymouth. It was originally created in 1928 as a park devoted to the improvement of the health of city residents. Wide boulevards go through the park's open meadows and woodlands, up and down hills with fantastic views over the city towards Plymouth Sound and Cornwall.

We are committed to improving Central Park and since 2008 we have consulted with local people, created a masterplan and delivered some of the suggested improvements. View the masterplan for Central Park.

The Life Centre opened in June 2012, a leading centre of sporting excellence with a range of sport activities for everyone. In 2011 a new skate park was put in and the play area at Pounds House refurbished.

What to see and do

Seven Continents Playground

Action and adventure in this exciting playground for all ages and abilities. Anyone who knows Plymouth will recognise famous events and landmarks that have been incorporated into the play environment and from there we set out to discover the seven continents. See below for more information on the play features.


See our events page for information about what's on in our parks and green spaces.


Icon of a cycle  Sports

  • Skate Park refurbished 2011
  • Bowling green
  • Orienteering course
  • Cycle route through park
  • Baseball and lacrosse clubs
  • Pitch and putt course - nine hole (admission payable)

Icon of a playground  Playground

  • Seven Continents Adventure Playground, south of the Life Centre, something for all ages, dino swing, climbing frames, large pyramid net, drums, sound wheel and wheelchair roundabout. (Open all year around and inspected weekly)
  • Playground refurbished in 2011 next to Pounds House, includes swings, see-saws, talk tubes, multi-play unit for toddlers, spinning bowl and picnic benches and funky bin!

* Please note that the playground water jets are out of action for the forseable future. Please accept our apologies for any disappointment caused.

Icon of scenery  Scenery

  • Panoramic views over the city centre and Plymouth Sound
  • Wild flower meadows
  • Woodland
  • Open fields

Icon of walking  Walks and nature

  • Several wildflower meadows
  • Historic hedgerows
  • Bat and bird boxes on trees
  • Allotments on Peverell Park Road. Central Park Association trading hut - open at various times for meeting and a cuppa, bring donations of surplus crops for Devon and Cornwall Food Association

Icon of seating  Seating

  • Ample seating throughout the park

Icon of refreshments  Refreshments

  • Café at the life centre
  • Kiosk with refreshments at the golf course

Icon of toilets  Toilets

  • Public toilets at the clock tower

Icon of info panel  Additional information

Disabled access

There is a good network of wide, tarmac paths throughout the park.

Play equipment includes items that have special access possibilities with good grips and supports for less able children. Role-play and ground level play opportunity has been provided throughout the site for all age groups and care has been taken to choose items that do not separate or stigmatise children with disabilities.

Accessible to people with disabilities or limited movement and has been included in the DisabledGo access guide.

Opening times

Central Park is open 24 hours a day.

Travel and directions


  • Around one mile from the city centre, up a steep hill


  • Citybus route numbers 16, 46 and 50 go from the city centre, First PR1 (park and ride) also stops at central park


  • Free park and ride on Outland Road
  • Some parking available on adjacent streets


  • One mile from Plymouth Railway Station
  • Traveline number: 08712 002 233

Location map

View Central Park in a larger map


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