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Plymouth Life Centre

Plymouth Life Centre

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  • Family leisure pool with flumes, 'beach entry' and bubble pool
  • State of the art 16-metres climbing wall, extensive bouldering, activity wall and aerial assault course.
  • Eight-lane indoor bowls rink
  • 12-court multi-use sports hall suitable for badminton, five-a-side football, basketball, netball, trampolining and other sports
  • 150-station fitness suite
  • 10-lane, 50-metre swimming pool with moveable floors and 'booms' allowing flexible use
  • Diving pool with moveable floor
  • Dryside training facility for competitive divers and other sportspeople, with trampolines, springboards, harnesses, crashmats and other specialist equipment
  • Relaxing oasis with sauna, steam rooms and showers
  • Multi-purpose areas for dance and martial arts, which can also be used for a crèche and soft play
  • Youth gym, squash, training and studio spaces
  • Public cafe open to everyone visiting the park

Aquatic facilities

The aquatic facilities are the largest of their kind in southern England (outside of the Olympic Village) and were used by a number of international swimming and diving teams in preparation for London 2012. The centre has the only 10-lane, 50-metre competition pool in the South West and one of the best diving pools in the country.

Climbing wall

The indoor climbing facilities at the Plymouth Life Centre are managed by High Sports Group and provide some of the best of opportunities for indoor climbing in the Country.

Facilities include:

  • 16m, 10m and 8m roped walls with over 150 routes
  • A dedicated bouldering wall with regular route changes
  • high ropes assault course

They also run a number of activities from junior taster sessions to adult beginner courses. For more information, please contact High Sports Group direct on 0845 363 1177 or email

Getting here

By bus

Local bus services that currently stop near the Plymouth Life Centre site include:

Outland Road

  • First service 83
  • Plymouth Citybus service 34

Alma Road/Milehouse Road

  • First services 1, 1A, 4, 76, 81, 81C and 83
  • Plymouth Citybus services 13, 16, 29, 43, 43A and 43B

More information:

Our public transport pages contain additional information that may help make your journey easier.

By park and ride

There are park and ride services direct to the Plymouth Life Centre from Royal Parade in the city centre and the George Junction in Roborough. Buses run every ten to 15 minutes Monday to Saturday. There is also a park and ride service from Coypool to the city centre, where you can catch a connecting bus.

For more information view our park and ride page.

By coach

National Express and Link coaches operate from various locations to Plymouth.

Most coaches stop at Bretonside bus station in the city centre and you can catch local buses to the Plymouth Life Centre site from Royal Parade, which is just a couple of minutes' walk away.

By rail

Direct rail services run from London, South Wales, the Midlands, the North of England and Scotland and there are plenty of services for shorter journeys from Cornwall and other neighbouring counties.

Plymouth train station is about a 15-minute walk from the Plymouth Life Centre site, via Alma Road or through Central Park. Alternatively there is a taxi rank just outside the station and a bus stop a few minutes’ walk away on Saltash Road (over the footbridge).

For details and tickets please visit the National Rail Enquiries website.

By car

Head for the south west on the M5 from Bristol to Exeter, then the A38 Devon Expressway to Plymouth. Drive time from London is around four hours.

You may also want to consider car sharing - visit the Carsharedevon website for more information.