Plymouth’s Beautiful Parks
Some photos from the beautiful parks and public spaces in Plymouth.
Photos of Central Park
Central Park is a wonderful green space in the heart of Plymouth. It is the largest park in Plymouth and was originally created in 1928. Wide paths go through the park’s open meadows and woodlands, up and down hills with amazing views over the city towards Plymouth Sound and Cornwall. Unlike parks in many cities, it wasn’t constructed as a giant flat garden, but is a part of Plymouth’s wild countryside that has become surrounded by the city and still retains much of that feel. Facilities include the Seven Continents Playground for children, a bowling green, a pitch and putt course and a skate park.
Photos of Devonport Park
Also known as the ‘People’s Park’, Devonport Park sits between the communities of Devonport, Stoke, MoriceTown and Keyham. Built 150 years ago, it is the oldest formal public park in Plymouth. Sitting on top of a hill with wonderful views of the River Tamar it’s a lovely park with mature trees, a charming memorial garden, a bandstand, two war memorials, two ornate fountains and beautiful flowerbeds. A cafe and play park makes it a great place for families. Additional facilities include three tennis courts, a bowling club and a boules pitch. Devonport Park is recognised and Registered by English Heritage as a Park and Garden of Special Historical Interest.
Photos of Drake’s Place
The historic gardens and reservoir, Drake’s Place on North Hill, has been restored and much improved. From December 2013 until June 2014, work was carried out to restore this historic Plymouth landmark. If you live here or if you’re visiting Plymouth, it’s worth a visit. Bring a sandwich and enjoy the fountains or colonnade. Alternatively, there’s also a cafe there.
Freedom Fields Park
Photos of Freedom Fields Park
Freedom Fields Park has beautiful views of the city and Plymouth Sound. The park’s origin dates back to 1439 when Plymouth was incorporated as a borough by Act of Parliament. During the English Civil War in the mid 1600s this area was the site of a historic battle where Royalist forces were defeated by the Parliamentarian forces. This battle was a turning point and led to the end of the Siege of Plymouth.
Photos of Beaumont Park
Beaumont Park was bequeathed to Plymouth in 1890 by the previous owner, Reverend Thomas Bewes. Reverend Bewes lived in the neighbouring Beaumont House (built in 1800). The park was opened to the public in 1892, and is also known as Squirrel Park by locals. No prizes for guessing why. This leafy park is surrounded by high stone walls and visitors can also enjoy the formal gardens beside Beaumont House.