West Hoe Park

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West Hoe ParkWest Hoe Park is in a wonderful setting - overlooking Plymouth Sound to the south and the backdrop of a huge limestone cliff to the north. With a large children's play area, a miniature railway and putting green, it makes a great family day out. It's also got a large open grassed area perfect for picnics or playing games.

Cross over the road and you can also take the steps down to the pebble beach, perfect for hunting for crabs and molluscs as well as a spot of sunbathing!

National Play Day is held here every year during August. Play Day transforms the park into a real festival event for children of all ages. Different organizations from Plymouth provide a range of activities from soft play, to bushcraft, to bouncy castles, storytelling and water play.

Opening times

  • Open 24 hours a day and free to use

Sport facilities

  • Tennis court
  • Crazy golf (privately run, admission payable)
  • Trampolines (privately run, admission payable)

Playground

  • Playground with a wheelchair roundabout, accessible swing seat, cone climber, dragonfly see-saw and multi-play unit (open all year and inspected weekly)
  • Secret Garden with wooden climbing features dotted through the glade!
  • Gus Honeybun miniature train (admission payable) privately run
  • Bouncy castle and merry-go-round (admission payable) privately run

Walks, nature and scenery

  • Floral displays (planted for spring and summer displays)
  • Panoramic views over Plymouth Sound
  • Aboretum
  • The park is the site of a former limestone quarry, it is likely that bats use the fissures high up on the limestone to roost
  • The park is bordered by the waters of Plymouth Sound and the River Tamar which form a European Marine Site, consisting of a Special Area of Conservation and Special Protection Area
  • Important habitats include sandbanks, reefs, estuaries and salt meadows that support important wintering bird populations including the avocet
  • In the approaches to the Sound, bottle-nosed dolphins and basking sharks are occasionally spotted whilst beneath the waves, the Sound is home to both the spiny seahorse and the short-snouted seahorse which reside amongst eelgrass beds
  • Pink sea fan, one of the UK's most endangered soft corals, can be found in amongst rocky reefs, the Tamar Estuaries Consultative Forum (TECF) promotes the delivery of integrated management to ensure long term sustainability
  • The South West Coast Path runs immediately south of the park
  • Historic interest
  • Memorials
  • Bins and dog bins (responsible dog walkers welcome)
  • Awarded the Green Flag Award

Seating

  • Seating throughout the park

Refreshments

  • Kiosk selling beverages and sweets

Toilets

  • Toilet facilities available

Access

  • The site is flat and unfenced with wide, tarmaced paths throughout the park
  • The playground has a wheelchair roundabout and accessible swing seat

Travel and directions

  • About half a mile from the city centre - via the Hoe
  • Accessible using public transport with City Bus route number 25 going from the city centre, Royal Parade via the Barbican, stopping at West Hoe Park
  • Fee paying street parking available on Hoe Road (no official car park)

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