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Locations of our sites and regular Museum on Tour venues

Our sites are easy to get to on foot from Plymouth city centre and many are on, or near, a bus route. Use the map below to see our locations, or open the map in a new window (recommended on a phone). To help plan your journeys, visit the traveline website.

Permanent venues

Cattedown – Plymouth and West Devon Record Office

Photograph showing the entrance to a large grey building.If you’re walking from the city centre, it will take you roughly 20 minutes to get to the Record Office. The best bus route is any bus that stops on Exeter Street. The Record Office is roughly a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride from the train station.

Access

There is allocated parking available on site for Blue Badge holders. Please note that there are steps up to our main entrance. Please contact us at Plymouth and West Devon Record Office if you require step-free access and we will be happy to arrange access through an alternative entrance.


The Hoe – Smeaton’s Tower.
The Barbican – Elizabethan HouseMerchant’s House (both currently closed due to essential conservation work) and South West Image Bank (open Tuesdays and Wednesdays).

View showing the location of lighthouse standing above a promenadeIf you’re walking from the city centre, you can access the Hoe and Barbican via Armada Way or the seafront. The best bus route for Smeaton’s Tower, the Elizabethan House and South West Image Bank is Plymouth CityBus No 25. The best bus route for the Merchant’s House is any bus that stops on Royal Parade. All four sites are roughly a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride from the train station.

Access

Due to its age and layout, we regret that disabled access to Smeaton’s Tower is very limited. For your safety we ask visitors to note that there are 93 steps, steep ladders and low ceilings and small openings.

City centre – South West Film & Television Archive (by appointment only)

SWFTA is located on Catherine Street and is a short walk from Royal Parade.


Drake Circus – The Box

Photo of museum at night with lights of carsPlymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is closed for redevelopment for a new visitor attraction called The Box. We are now ‘On Tour’ in locations across the city.

Volunteers and visitors with appointments should report to the Museum Annexe, 37 Tavistock Place. Please be aware that Tavistock Place is currently closed to traffic until further notice. Pedestrian access to the Museum Annexe is from the north end of Tavistock Place.

Short-term street parking is available nearby. For more details see our parking page. Bus services to stops on nearby Tavistock Road are fast and frequent. We are a 10-15 minute walk or 5 minute taxi ride from the train station and a short walk from Plymouth’s city centre.


Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park

Photograph showing a red brick country house with towers to the left and right of the front entrance. In the foreground is a formal garden.We also jointly manage Mount Edgcumbe House and Country Park with Cornwall Council. The easiest way to access this from Plymouth is by taking CityBus No 34 from Plymouth city centre to Admirals’ Hard in Stonehouse. This drops you close to the Cremyll Ferry, which runs all year round.


Regular Museum on Tour venues

We are regularly using the following venues for some of our Museum On Tour programme. See our map above for locations!

House of Fraser

40-46 Royal Parade, Plymouth, Devon PL1 1DY

This is on major bus routes through Royal Parade and in easy reach of city centre car parks.

Access

There is a disabled access door at the Royal Parade entrance of the building. This is operated by a push pad. Our exhibitions are displayed on floors 4 and 5 which can be accessed via a lift. Full access information is on the DisabledGo website.


Peninsula Arts

Roland Levinsky Building, Plymouth University, Drake Circus, Plymouth PL4 8AA

On the Plymouth University campus which is within short walking distance of city centre shops and car parks.  It is close to Plymouth railway station and bus services to stops outside or near the University are fast and frequent.

Access

Level access to the gallery is through the north entrance, or by lift from Cobourg Street.


Plymouth Guildhall

Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 1HA

This is close to major bus routes through Royal Parade and within easy reach of city centre car parks.

Access

This building is accessible to those with disabilities. There is designated parking in the Guildhall car park for blue badge holders. More information is included in the DisabledGo access guide.


Mayflower Museum

3-5 The Barbican, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 2LR

The Mayflower Museum is located in the Tourist Information Centre. It is within walking distance of the city centre and is on a bus route (Plymouth CityBus route 25). The closest council car parking is at Elphinstone and Exchange Street car parks.

Access

The building is accessible to people with disabilities or limited movement and more information has been included in the DisabledGo access guide.


Plymouth Athenaeum

Plymouth Athenaeum, Derry’s Cross, Plymouth PL1 2SW

Located next to Reel Cinema and close to the Theatre Royal car park.

Access

The building is accessible to those with disabilities and more information is in the DisabledGo access guide.