Discovering Drake's Place
  • Drake's Place, Plymouth University

  • Drake's Place, Plymouth University

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Drake’s Place gardens and reservoir have a rich history, having been an integral part of Plymouth life for a very long time.

The University took over the lease for the gardens and reservoir from Plymouth City Council in 2007, investing £300,000 to make the gardens more attractive and secure. We opened the restoration to the public in June 2014, bringing the gardens back to their former glory. 

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

This Plymouth History Festival event has little walking, but lots of talking! Your guide will be Nigel Overton, City and Maritime Heritage Curator.

Meet outside the Portland Square Building and Sherwell Church on the University campus.

£2 per person - booking essential. Tickets are available from the City Museum opposite the University (purchase from the welcome desk) or telephone 01752 304774 to book and/or for further information.

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Here you can find a whole host of activities, events and more for everyone and anyone. Play table tennis for free in Drake's Place. Ping! is a national table tennis initiative and everyone is invited to have a go - bats and balls are supplied.

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