Plymouth Argyle – Home Park

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Home Park

Home Park is an all-seater stadium, with a capacity of 19,500. Originally built in 1893, the ground underwent an £11 million refurbishment programme during 2001, with 3 sides of the ground being entirely rebuilt.

The Devonport (West) and Barn Park (East) Ends, along with the North side of the ground (Lyndhurst Stand) now have covered, all-seater single tier stands which completely enclose the ground on those 3 sides. The Grandstand on the South side of the ground is now the only throwback to the “old” Home Park. Since the 2007-08 season, the original terracing at the front of the stand was replaced by seating, before being closed altogether from the start of the 2010/11 season. A new, multi-tier stand, with a capacity of 6,000 is planned, though no date has been fixed for the commencement of this development.

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How to get to Home Park

By Road:
home park directionsFor satnav purposes, the postcode of the Home Park stadium is PL2 3DQ. Home Park is the most southerly and westerly league ground in England. Follow the southbound M5 to its end and continue on the A38. On entering Plymouth, turn left onto the A386, keeping left when the road forks. The stadium is on the left, after about a mile.


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By Rail:
plymouth train stationPlymouth railway station is about ¾ of a mile from the ground. On exiting the station, turn right, down the hill under the railway bridge and follow this road to the ground, which is on the right. Click here to check the current train timetables

By Air:
Plymouth Roborough airport is about 3 miles from Home Park. Regular bus services and taxis are available from near the airport terminal. Click here to check the current flight times

Taxis
There are several taxi companies in Plymouth that can take you to and from Home Park. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.

Calling all Plymouth Taxi Companies – Why not advertise your company here?.

Where to Park?

home park stadium parkingLimited on-street parking can be found by driving past the ground, heading away from the city centre. There is a large, free car park at the ground. It operates on a “first in, first out” basis, and there is only one entrance/exit so early arrival is advised. Late arrivals may have to wait up to an hour to exit the car park.

Away Friendly Pubs near Home Park

pubs near home park stadiumThe most popular pub with visiting fans appears to be the Britannia, in Wolseley Road. This is a large Wetherspoons outlet, about a 10-minute walk from the ground. It tends to be extremely busy, with fans queuing to get in, but the doormen are excellent, so the wait is minimised.

The Embassy Club, opposite the Britannia is definitely a “home fans only” establishment. Alcohol is also available within the ground.

Fanfests
A fanfest is a pre match event held by PAFC fans at the “Green Taverners suite” situated just behind the main Grandstand. They charge a small entry fee of £5 which will get you a pint of beer and a pasty, as well as live entertainment at every game. Away fans are made to feel extremely welcome and are actively encouraged to come along and enjoy a few drinks, banter and laughs before the game.

Tickets for the event can be booked online through http://www.greentaverners.co.uk, and are collected on the door on the day.

Hotels near Home Park

copthorne plymouthThe Copthorne Hotel Plymouth, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 1AR is a centrally-located hotel, just over a mile from Home Park. It has received excellent guest reviews, commenting on its bright, clean décor and friendly, helpful staff. Ample on-site parking is provided. jurys inn plymouth

Jurys Inn Plymouth, 50 Exeter Street, Plymouth PL4 0HG is a slightly cheaper alternative, one mile from the main railway station and within 5 miles of the airport. If offers all the requisite facilities for a short stay and has limited on-site parking.


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What have other Away Fans said about their trip to Home Park?

away fans plymouthThe vast majority of visiting fans have enjoyed their trip to Home Park and have been at pains to note it as a venue worthy of recommendation. The atmosphere within the ground is reported to be very good, with a friendly rivalry between home and away support. Many fans “make a weekend of it”, staying a few nights in the area and visiting the local beaches, towns and making the most of the nightlife.

The view of the play is quite good from the away end. On the downside, the stands are small, with overcrowded concourses and long queues at catering outlets. Several fans have been annoyed by the time taken to exit the car park, but have praised the stewards for their efforts in this department.

Your comments about Plymouth Argyle – Home Park


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  1. John

    A little bit of local knowledge from an Argyle fan..

    Parking There is a car park at the ground. It’s free, but it gets full pretty quickly, and if you arrive any later than an hour before kickoff, then abandon any hopes of getting in here. It also has horrible bottlenecks after the game. There is on-street parking nearby, but please don’t block anyone’s drive or park on chevrons etc. Almost every week the PA guy reads out some poor souls registration number as their car is towed away.

    I find it easier to park a good 20 minutes walk away from the ground (around peverell area of the city) and walk to Home Park, which you can see from a distance, or just follow the sea of Green and White.

    Pubs If you are walking from Peverell, then a detour via Mutley Plain is probably a good idea. The Hyde Park is the first pub you’ll get to, and the venue of choice for many an Argyle fan – as an away fan, you’ll be more than welcome here. There are a number of chain pubs (Wetherspoon, Hogshead, etc) along the strip, but you’ll need to keep colours covered.

    The king of them all however is the Britannia Inn, which is closer to the ground. Arrive late and you’ll find huge queues to get in, and four-deep at the bar, but you can’t beat it for a friendly mix of home and away fans, chatting over a pint. This is football as it should be. It’s a Wetherspoons pub too, so you won’t be paying the earth for your drinks, but they’ve also bent the usual rigid Wetherspoon “rules”, so you’ll have no problems wearing colours in this pub.

    Food If you’re coming to Devon, you HAVE to try the local cuisine. And that means a genuine pasty. Which isn’t what you’ll find in the ground (or being sold by our sponsors – sorry!) – instead, seek out one of the Ivor Dewdney vans outside the ground (one conveniently on the way from the Britannia pub to the ground, and one at the bottom of the Barn Park entrance to Central Park) and get yourself a “real” pasty.

    HotelsThe hotels mentioned in the main review are very good hotels, and convenient for exploring Plymouth and the surrounding areas. They are around a 15-20 minute walk from Home Park. There is a rumour of a hotel being built attached to the ground as part of the redevelopment of the main stand, but nothing has been announced yet.

    Atmosphere There can be a tremendous atmosphere within Home Park, depending on the number of away fans in attendence – the Home Park faithful enjoy very good humoured banter with almost all away teams’ fans. The acoustics on the new stands are pretty good, so you should be able to generate some noise. As the club has unallocated seating in the Mayflower (to the left of the away stand), you’ll find that there’s vocal support for the club coming at you from both sides, which although disjointed at times really helps keep a large away crowed buzzing.

    Nightlife/Other attractions Plymouth is famous (or infamous!) for Union Street, a “strip” of bars, clubs and bars that is the destination for most of those seeking fun on a Friday/Saturday night. It can get quite rowdy however, and those looking for a quieter night out might want to investigate some of the smaller bars and pubs on the Barbican, such as the Jazz Cafe, The Navy or The Distillery.

    There’s a whole wealth of attractions in and around Plymouth, so you might want to make a long weekend of it – You can grab a boat from the Barbican and sail around Plymouth Sound, or head into your car and up onto Dartmoor where you can meet wild ponies, pixies and go rock climbing. Take an hour to chill on the Hoe, looking out to sea with an ice cream. Five minutes drive, and you’re in Cornwall, which opens up the possibility of going to the Eden Project, Jamie Oliver’s “Fifteen” restaurant or one of the stunning sandy beaches, for surfing or sunbathing!

    Overall Home Park should definitely be on your list of grounds to visit – make a weekend of it, and enjoy the Devon sunshine and hospitality. Many away fans left Home Park with a smile on their face last season, and not just because of our disastrous home form!


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  3. Paul

    I only have two down points when it comes to Home Park.

    Firstly the turnstiles at the away end are so slow where pay on the gate is offered.

    And secondly, the floodlighting is extremely poor in comparison to other Premier League and Championship grounds.


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  5. Mick

    Looking forward to returning to Home Park. Last time in the 90’s we won courtesy of a hat trick by the legend that is Andy Booth!

    Mick


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  7. Marc Harris

    Great day out, had few pints in the Britannia and a fantastic Cornish pasty in the ground. The big negative were the stewards who kept standing in packs right at the front blocking our view throught the game, they moved but it took a few choice words for them to listen. Swindon 4 Plymouth 0 🙂


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  9. eddie choules

    had a pint im the Britania, only city fan in there but i was left alone and no hassle.city won 2-1 to the delight of 2000 city fans at the game. The rest of night was DISGUSTING plymuff fans fighting each other, fighting their stewards and police. flares.fireworks,bottles and coins thrown onto the pitch. on leaving the away end exits to total darkness,there were no stewards or police and we were ambushed by chavs weilding cricket and baseball bats, hitting old men and terrorising women and children. they bricked supporters coaches windows and the E XETER CITY team coach. not enough police or stewards. we are at home park again in 4weeks GOD HELP US…………


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  11. admin

    Hey Eddie,

    I’m a season ticket holder at Home Park, so was at the City game last week. I can only agree with most of your viewpoints – it certainly was disgusting behaviour. However please don’t make the mistake of thinking that the people responsible were Argyle fans. Most of the people causing the aggro haven’t set foot in Home Park for years (probably since City or Millwall were last in town to be honest!), and had no intention of watching the game. They’re idiots pure and simple – they may claim to be from Plymouth but their motives are to have a scrap, not to support their club – Please don’t lump the other 99% of real fans in with these clowns!

    I’m sure the league fixture next month will be classed as a Category A game rather than Cat C as the JPT game was, which should see a suitable cordon between the fans, correct use of dispersal orders and a much safer atmosphere, rather than the “hands-off” approach which apart from a few flash points was working until the last minute goal ensured that it all kicked off.


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  13. Ryan Jarvis

    i went to home park last season when the argyle were in the championship, i was verry impressed with the parking, a free carpark for home and away fans are something that not enough grouds have, before the match we went to a loverly pub and chated to some realy friendly plymouth fans, all friendly enough and all real fans. we then found a van selling pasties, they were absolutely delicious. we then went to the clubshop and was amused by the many plymouth stuff, the chocolate was cool.
    the stadium was nice well even tho one stand looks a bit ancient, the view was great and the argyle fans were briliant with banter but i never felt intimidated or worried and the atmosphere was great for a night game. the stuards were friendly and great for a chat. after the game we went into the centre of plymouth and found a mcdonalds where the cashier was a fan and he seemed happy for a bit of banter,
    great club, easily the best away game ive been to. hope we get to play again, absolutely brilliant.


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  15. [email protected]

    Had an excellent day at Plymouth. The car park by the ground was no problem and we were quite quick getting out. Smaller crowd, sign of the times? I can see why people might have problems coming out after night games as the away end spills out into the picturesque park.
    Another tea bar that provides sugar etc at a side table but then leaves all the bins over 10/15 yards away from it creating a mess at the table!


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  17. Nathan

    My trip to Home Park wad a great one (we won). The ground looks odd with the 3 newer stands and the one much older stand. I does however make it a strangely attractive ground. Parking was no issue at all,the car park at the ground was a decent size. Getting out however was a different matter, it took nearly an hour just to get out of the car park! Inside the ground we there was only one bar serving food, and it got fairly busy. The view from the away end was a very good one. The stewards however were less than helpful (they were the least helpful I have experienced) It seemed to us Town fans that due to the pay on the door tickets, they had overfilled the away end. There was an easy solution to this, they had only opened half the stand as there was only 800-900 of us. If the stewards had simply let us into a small section of this area of the stand, the problem would have been solved. But instead of doing this, they insisted on keeping us penned in. They told a large group of fans to go and find some seats. They did this, however there were no seats, so the tried to stand in the aisle, the stewards then started throwing people out for “not complying”. At one point three of them grabbed one guy by the neck, even though he wasn’t resisting. This made a bit of a sour atmosphere, as there was a lot of abuse aimed at the stewards. Having said that, the Plymouth fans themselves were friendly enough.
    I would definately go again if Swindon were to play them as overall it was a great day.


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  19. Mark

    Excellent facilites, the weatherspoon pub before the match is very friendly and cheap. Stewards very helpful. Shame we only managed a draw but apart from that a perfect day.

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