Visiting us

Museums on a map

Our sites are easy to get to on foot from Plymouth city centre and many are on, or near, a bus route.

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.


The Hoe – Smeaton’s Tower. The Barbican – Elizabethan House and Merchant’s House (both currently closed due to essential conservation work).

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 and  the Elizabethan House is Plymouth CityBus No 20. The best bus route for the Merchant’s House is any bus that stops on Royal Parade. All three sites are roughly a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride from the train station.

Drake Circus – Plymouth City Museum Art Gallery

Photo of museum at night with lights of carsPlymouth City Museum and Art Gallery is closed for redevelopment. 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 outside or near the Museum and Art Gallery 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.

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.

To help plan your journeys why not visit the traveline website?