On Saturday 14 th April, Pompey supporters 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.
Getting 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'. If you are last in, then on average it takes around half an hour to clear. The car park will probably be full an hour or so before kick-off. There is some street parking on the side roads on your right as you drive down Outland Road but do be wary of parking on streets in the nearby area, as some require residents parking permits. There are also parking restrictions in the Life Centre next to the ground, with enforcement officers patrolling frequently, anyone found parking there illegally will be clamped.
Trains leave Fratton at 07.31, arriving Plymouth 12.40 and 08.31, arriving in Plymouth at 13.39, with a change at Bristol Templemeads. Trains depart Plymouth for Portsmouth after the match at 17.54, with a change at Westbury and 18.25, with a change at Bristol Templemeads.
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, Wolseley Road, PL2 3AA, a sizeable Wetherspoons, is your best bet and only a ten minute walk away - From the Home Park car park turn left and the pub is down the road on the right hand corner - It serves the usual food and beers and nearby there is usually a van 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. It has a selection of beers and ciders, serves food and has Sky and BT Sports.
The famous Fanzone Marquee at the ground has very limited space and on past visits has been too full to admit away fans.
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