On Saturday 9th February, the Blue Army will be travelling West to Plymouth Argyle’s Home Park, Plymouth, Devon, PL2 3DQ. Home Park is based in the Milehouse area of the city, next to Central Park. The Argyle’s ground has a capacity of 16,388 all seated and Blues fans will be behind one goal in the covered Barn Park End.
Travelling to Home Park
If you are making the trip by road, the late Ken Malley, who lived in Devon, always advised travelling via Dorchester, Bridport and Honiton on the M27, A31, A35, A30, joining the M5 at Exeter, then continuing on to the A38 Devon Expressway into Plymouth. Exit the A38 on to the A386, signposted Home Park, City Centre, Ferry Port and Tavistock. At the roundabout as you come off the A38 take the second exit A386, following the direction of the flyover, to the left. Stay on this road for approximately a mile; the stadium will be on your left.
Home Park has quite a large car park at the ground, which is free. It is operated on a 'first in before the game, first out after the game basis'. It can take up to half an hour to clear after the game. The car park will probably be full an hour or so before kick-off. The car park is run by the Council and cars parked incorrectly, not in the marked bays, are likely to end up with a parking ticket. There is some on street parking in the side roads on your right as you drive down Outland Road but do be wary as some require residents parking permits. There are also parking restrictions in the Life Centre car park next to the ground, with enforcement officers patrolling frequently on match days.
Trains leave Fratton at 07.31, with changes at Westbury and Taunton, arriving in Plymouth at 11.51; or 08.31, with changes at Eastleigh and Reading, arriving in Plymouth at 13.04. On the return journey, trains depart for Portsmouth at 17.55 with a change at Westbury; or 18.44 with changes at Exeter St David’s and Salisbury. At the time of writing there are no scheduled engineering works or industrial action. Full details can be found on www.nationalrail.co.uk
Plymouth station is about a mile from Home Park, so either grab a taxi, or take a twenty minute walk. As you come out of the station turn right and down the hill under the railway bridge. Just keep walking straight along this road (A386) and you will eventually reach the ground on your right. Alternately at the roundabout just downhill from the station, turn right into Central Park Avenue, then take the second left into Holdsworth Street, which will lead you up a steep hill into Central Park, where you will see the ground as soon as you reach the top of the hill.
Where to eat and drink.
As you would expect for a Naval port, there are plenty of pubs around the centre of town. Nearer the stadium however, the Britannia Inn, Wolseley Road, PL2 3AA, a sizeable Wetherspoons, is your best bet and only a ten minute walk away from the ground. From the Home Park car park turn left and the pub is down the road on the right hand corner, the Britannia serves the usual food and beers. It does get very full, with security staff controlling the doors, and has been known to eject fans singing club songs. In the past there has been a van on the corner nearby selling pasties.
For family groups, or fans wanting a quieter place to meet up, about fifteen minutes walk away from Home Park is the Hyde Park Social Club, St Gabriels Avenue, Plymouth PL3 4JQ. This family friendly club shows Sky and BT Sports. The club has a range of draught beer, cider and lager on sale and offers a range of hot food. There is limited free parking at the Club itself, or alternatively, there is on-street parking in the local area. The Club charges £2 for a weekend pass to enter. (kids accompanied by an adult are admitted free). Around fifteen minutes walk from Home Park, going back in the direction of the A38, is the Cherry Tree pub, Ham Road, PL2 3NH. No real ale is available, but it has large tv screens, serves food and advertises that breakfast is served until 14.00 on a Saturday.
Plymouth’s famous Fanzone Marquee at the ground has very limited space and on past visits has been too full to admit Blues fans.
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