Why We Love Devonport Park
Also known as the 'People's Park', Devonport Park sits between the communities of Devonport, Stoke, Morice Town and Keyham. Built 150 years ago, it is the oldest formal public park in Plymouth and one of the oldest in England. In recent years the Friends of Devonport Park have been working to restore the park to its former glory, and they have done a beautiful job.
Sitting on top of a hill with wonderful views it's a great place to be active, learn about history, or just watch the world go by. Then why not refresh yourself at the environmentally-friendly park pavilion cafe.
Recent restoration of the park means it's in tip top condition and has something for all ages, including a memorial garden, adventure play for children, a bowls club and a fascinating heritage trail.
Originally military land the park still retains strong ties to the British Armed Forces, as a place of recreation and a home to many military memorials. Some of the most notable of these are the Doris Gun, captured in the Boer War and brought back to Devonport by the HMS Doris and mounted in the park to pay tribute to the lives of their comrades lost in the war.
Another notable memorial in the park is the Great War (World War 1) memorial erected in 1923, in remembrance of the brave Devonport men who lost their lives in the war.
Also notable is the parks great views over the River Tamar, Torpoint and Mount Edgecombe. Watching the boats crossing the river whilst surrounded by the natural beauty of the park and eating a picnic is a wonderful experience that everyone in Devonport should experience at least once.