Freedom Fields Park

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Freedom Fields ParkFreedom Fields is one of Plymouth's most historic parks. It's close to the Greenbank and Lipson areas of the city, and is around a 15 minute walk from the city centre. Restored in 2000, Freedom Fields has a Green Flag Award and some of the best panoramic views in Plymouth, looking out across Plymouth Sound and beyond.

Freedom Fields represents an important part of Plymouth's history. The park gained its name after the defeat of the French in 1403. As part of the celebration, mock battles were re-enacted at Freedom Fields by local youths, commemorating the fights which took place between the native people and the invading Bretons. In 1439, Parliament passed the 'Incorporation of the Borough of Plymouth', an Act which gained Plymouth independence as a city. Freedom Day is still celebrated at the park.

This beautiful park has many fantastic features, including the Siege Monument, which commemorates the victory of Parliamentarian forces over the Royalists during the Civil War, and two Victorian shelters.

To the west of the park there is a wildflower meadow with bluebells, snowdrops, and wild daffodils.

Between 1930 and 1998, the building at the Greenbank Terrace was Freedom Fields Hospital, many Plymothians were born here!

A variety of community events and festivals take place in Freedom Fields. Examples from the past 12 months include the Sabbath Day Fight re-enactment, Friends Planting Day, Argyle football in the community, Freedom Fields Music Festival, and Community Safety Awareness Initiative.

Opening times

  • Open 24 hours a day and free to use

Sport facilities

  • Multi-use games area on tarmac

Playground

  • Sand play, climbing frame, ball court, tyre swings and roundabouts 

Walks, nature and scenery

  • Panoramic views over Plymouth Sound
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Seasonal floral displays
  • Two walking routes in the park, view the interpretation boards for more information
  • Bin and dog bins (responsible dog walkers welcome)
  • Historic interest
  • Memorials
  • Friends of Freedom Park Plymouth
  • Awarded the Green Flag Award

Seating

  • Seating throughout the park

Refreshments

  • On site café

Toilets

  • The café has public toilets that have disabled access

Access

  • East and west entrances are pram and wheelchair friendly.
  • All paths are tarmac and are flat, allowing pram and wheelchair users to access all areas
  • There's a slight slope from the top to the bottom of the park

Travel and directions

  • About one mile from the city centre, located between Greenbank Road and Lipson Road
  • Accessible using public transport with bus stops at Seymour Avenue, Sea View Avenue and Seymour Road
  • Restricted car parking available on adjacent residential streets (no official car park)

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