Central Park

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Central ParkCentral 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.

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.

Opening times

  • Open 24 hours a day and free to use

Sport facilities

  • Skate park (refurbished 2011)
  • Bowls green
  • Orienteering course
  • Cycle route
  • Baseball and lacrosse clubs
  • Pitch and putt course: nine hole (admission payable)


  • 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. Apologies for any disappointment caused.

Walks, nature and scenery

  • Panoramic views over the city centre and Plymouth Sound
  • Woodland
  • Open fields
  • Wildflower meadows
  • Historic hedgerows
  • Bat and bird boxes on trees
  • Allotments
  • Bins and dog bins


  • Seating throughout the park


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


  • Public toilets at the clock tower


  • 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.

Travel and directions

  • Around one mile from the city centre, up a steep hill
  • Accessible using public transport, Citybus route numbers 16, 46 and 50 from the city centre, park and ride stops at Central Park
  • One mile from Plymouth Railway Station
  • Parking available on adjacent streets