Drake's Place, a community space

There's something for everyone here; it's a place to unwind, refuel or just let off steam.

Beautifully restored to its former glory, Drake’s Place is a hub for events and activities, with a lively programme every year. Come along and get involved in community days, craft fairs, art workshops, live performances, celebrations and lots more.

This award-winning community space is a calm and relaxing oasis amidst the whirl of urban living. An accessible welcoming haven and a safe diverse habitat for wildlife.

The gardens and reservoir are open to all daily from 7.00 until dusk (6.00 in the winter).

Sit back and enjoy a coffee or a bite to eat in the Reservoir café.

The Reservoir café opening hours are Monday to Thursday 8.30–16.00, Friday 8.30–15.30 and Saturday 10.00–15.00.

Find out more about our café's on campus.

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Drake's Place is proving to be a real hub for community engagement on campus. Did you know there are a whole host of other opportunities to engage with us here?
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Children's University supporting Drake's Place

The Children's University is a national initiative where children can go to different activities outside of school hours and for every event attended they get a stamp in their Passports to Learning, which they save up to earn bronze, silver and gold certificates. 

Children's University student ambassadors attend University events in Drake's Place so you can get rewarded for having fun! 

Come along and collect stamps in your Passport - the Make and Take events are especially popular. Find out more about Children's University

Awards and accreditations

Drake's Place received the prestigious Green Flag accreditation in 2015 and was a finalist in the Green Gown Awards 2015 "Innovative Community Project"

In the 2014 Abercrombie Awards, the restoration of Drake's Place won the Best Public Space and People of Plymouth Award with almost 1,000 public votes

Read more about being awarded the Green Flag Award

Fishing Feast 2016

Drake's Place Reservoir used to be the main water supply for the City of Plymouth. 

The water ran through Dartmoor down Drake's Leat to the Reservoir. 

This means there is a natural connection to the City's Annual Fishing Feast celebration at Burrator Reservoir. 

Here is a film of this Survey of the Water Works, a long-standing ceremonial tradition of the city. 

Drake's Place restoration 

The reservoir went out of use in the 1970s, gradually becoming derelict.

In 2007, the University of Plymouth took over the lease for the gardens and reservoir from Plymouth City Council, investing £300,000 to make the gardens more attractive and secure.

The £1.2 million project to restore Drake's Place is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.

Discover more about the history of Plymouth's beautifully restored gardens and reservoir.

View our image gallery below to see the restoration take shape.