Plainmoor is home to Torquay United FC.The ground itself is small and basic, with a capacity of 6,000.
Situated behind one goal is the Yelverton Properties Family Stand. This is a neat, attractive, covered all seater stand. At the other end is the Sparkworld Terrace. This small, covered terrace replaced a former open terrace in 2000. On one side is the covered, seated Main Stand, with a small amount of terracing to the front. It runs for just over half the length of the pitch.
The other side is a small, covered terrace, called the Carlsberg Popular Terrace. The club have replaced the Main Stand with an all-seater stand providing for 1,750 spectators, which opened its doors on the start of the 2012/13 season.
How to get to Plainmoor
For satnav purposes, the postcode of the Plainmoor ground is TQ1 3PS.
At the end of the M5, follow the A38, turning left onto the A380. On reaching Kingskerwell, take the 1st exit at the large roundabout onto the A3022 towards Torquay. After about a mile, turn left towards Babbacombe (signposted Babbacombe (A379)). After another mile, turn left into Westhill Road and follow the signs for “Torquay United.”
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Torre station, one stop before Torquay, is the nearest station to the ground, about a 15-minute walk away. However, many trains do not stop there. The main Torquay railway station is a good 35-minute walk from the ground, so a taxi is recommended.
Otherwise, walk from the station down towards the seafront and turn left onto Torbay Road. The road becomes The Strand, Torwood Street and Babbacombe Road. Take the next left after Westwood Avenue (Warberry Road). At the top of the hill turn into Windsor Road. Plainmoor is clearly visible from the bottom of Windsor Road. Click here to check the current train timetables
The nearest airport is Exeter, at a distance of 18 miles. There are bus connections to Exeter St. David’s station which provides rail links to Torquay, or a direct bus can be caught to Torquay from the airport. Click here to check the current flight times
There are several taxi companies in Torquay that can take you to and from Plainmoor. You can always prebook a private hire taxi, or hail a black cab on any highway.
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Where to Park?
The ground is set in a residential area and there is plenty of street parking available in the surrounding streets.
Away Friendly Pubs near Plainmoor
The “Boots & Laces” supporters’ club, behind the Main Stand, admits away fans and reportedly offers a pleasant, friendly atmosphere. “Alibi”, formally Irish Bar O’Connors, about a 5-minute walk from the home end appears popular with visiting fans. To reach it, turn right from the home end and left into Marychurch Road. Carry on down this road, passing the supermarket, and the pub is on the left.
Away supporters also get a good welcome at the George Inn, about a 10-minute walk from the ground, on Babbacombe Road. Nearby, on Princes Street, is the award-winning Hanbury’s Fish & Chip shop. At the bottom of Princes Street, the CAMRA-listed Buccaneer is popular with real ale fans.
Hotels near Plainmoor
The Best Western Hotel Gleneagles, Asheldon Road, Torquay TQ1 2QS is within 500 yards of the beach, shops and restaurants. It is a modern hotel situated on a hill overlooking its outdoor pool and sun terrace, and the beautiful Lyme Bay. Amenities include room service, complimentary wireless Internet, and complimentary parking. It was also the hotel that provided the inspiration for John Cleese’s Fawlty Towers, although thankfully you won’t find Basil in charge these days!
The Grosvenor Hotel, Belgrave Road, Torquay TQ2 5HG is within 500 yards of Torquay train station. The hotel is set amid gardens that extend to a bowling green and tennis courts. There is an outdoor pool with sun terrace and a heated indoor pool. The hotel also offers a leisure centre (surcharge) with spa bath, sauna, sun shower and a gymnasium. There is a games lounge with a large-screen television, mini snooker and pool tables.
The Yardley Manor Hotel, Museum Rd, Torquay, TQ1 1DW has a great location near the harbour with guaranteed parking and en suite shower rooms. There are spacious public lounges with TV. The hotel also has a large bar, with draught beers and a free pool table. Although only a 5-minute walk from Torquay Harbour and the city centre, Yardley Manor is situated in a quiet residential position away from all traffic noise.
What have other Away Fans said about their trip?
Visiting fans report that the Sparkworld Terrace offers a good view of the play and allows supporters to create a lively atmosphere, due to its excellent acoustics. There is often good banter between the away fans and stewards. However, there often appears to be little vocal support from the home fans, which detracts from the overall mood of the ground.
Facilities are reportedly basic, but the toilets are passable and the food outlet serves a good range of tasty, cheap burgers, pies and pasties.