Designed by John Foulston in 1824 to commemorate the founding of Devonport as an independent town, public access to the Column was restricted in the 1950s and it was finally closed in the 1990s. Now thanks to RIO and a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Column is open for people to experience and enjoy once again – one of the few remaining commemorative columns open to the public.
Climb the spiral staircase at the centre of the Column to the observation gallery which offers magnificent views across the city, towards Dartmoor and out to sea. For people who don’t want to, or aren’t able to climb the 137 steps to the top, our ColumnCam – a state of the art webcam fixed to a mast on top of the Column – will soon relay views from the gallery to visitors on the ground.
Devonport Column has WIFI internet connectivity so visitors can access historical archives during their visit.
We are also developing an interactive game and augmented reality that visitors will be able to experience and enjoy later in the year.
At ground level Devonport Square and the terrace offer plenty of seating to relax and take in the views, and we are also developing a wildlife nature garden.
May Bank Holiday Opening Hours
*Please note that Devonport Column will be open as usual the Saturdays before the Bank Holidays, 3rd and 24th May, and also Sunday 4th and 25th May from 10am – 4pm but will be CLOSED on the May Bank Holidays of 5th and 26th May.
Monday – Friday: 9am to 5pm
Saturdays: 10am to 4pm
For group bookings please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01752 395028
NOTE: Children of 13 years or younger must be accompanied by an adult in order to climb Devonport Column.
How to get to Devonport Column
Devonport Column is located on Ker Street, adjacent to Devonport Guildhall – a buzzing social enterprise hub with a bakery serving food and refreshments.
When travelling to Devonport Column;
By bus use Plymouth CityBus services 26, 34, 46, 47, alight on Devonport Hill. If you’re travelling Eastbound, the closest stop is Mount Wise, Raglan Gardens, if you’re travelling Westbound alight at Mount Wise, Cumberland Gardens.
By train: Plymouth has a mainline station operating routes throughout Devon and Cornwall with connections to major cities on the rail network including Bristol, Birmingham, London Paddington and Edinburgh. For train information please visit www.nationalrail.co.uk
By car: Directions to Devonport Guildhall and Column are available here. Alternatively, set your SatNav device to postcode PL1 4EL.
On street parking is available in many of the surrounding roads and on Ker Street.