Tothill Park

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Tothill ParkTothill Park is a good sized park (6.7 hectares) in the St Judes area of Plymouth, just a stone's throw from the River Plym. With a tennis court, play area, bowling green and a community centre, it is a vital part of the local community.

The origin of the name Tothill is still uncertain. One explanation found from an extract in the library states that the word 'Tothill' comes from the Saxon word 'Totaern' meaning 'lookout hill'. This obviously refers to the high ground, not the bay, covered by today's St Judes and Mount Gould. For the Saxon settlement of Sutton situated near St Andrew's Church, this would have been an ideal spot to lookout for potential invaders coming in from the north or east, and for any ship borne invasion. Another possibility quoted by Nicholas Casey of the Old Plymouth Society mentions a reference dated 1502 to 1503 to a place called 'Totwell' in the vicinity Plymouth, although the earliest reference to Tothill would appear to be at the time of the civil war.

Opening times

  • Open 24 hours a day and free to use

Sport facilities

  • Tennis court, free to use and open all year round, first come first served!
  • Multi use games area consisting of a full size lined basketball court and five-a-side football pitch surrounded by a gated fence
  • Four full sized football pitches and changing rooms, the pitches are maintained throughout the year and local league football is played during the season, responsibility for running the pitches is held by the Devon Football Association
  • Bowls green (used by Tothill Bowling Club and Mount Gould Bowling Club)


  • Main playground opposite the Community Centre refurbished in 2011, exciting new equipment including large climbing wall, sandpits, swings and slides
  • Picnic benches and funky litter bins!
  • Youth shelter, basketball area, pyramid scramble net, tyre swing and some exercise equipment opposite Heathfield Road

Walks, nature and scenery

  • Small formal park laid out in the 1890s
  • Many bird species sighted in the park including swifts which nest in the eaves of nearby houses
  • Connection to National Cycle Network 27 up the River Plym from Lucas Terrace
  • Bins and dog bins
  • Two recycling banks, one large for glass and a smaller one for plastics and cans, are located on a custom built hardstanding area in Lucas Terrace
  • Tothill Friends Group
  • Awarded the Green Flag Award


  • Seating throughout the park


  • Most paths are tarmac and flat, allowing pram and wheelchair users to access most areas
  • The exceptions to the sets of steps to the raised area at the western end of the park

Travel and directions

  • One mile from the city centre
  • Accessible using public transport with bus stops along Beaumont Road to the north of the park
  • Unrestricted parking available on adjacent Lanhydrock Road (no official car park)