Guided Walks and Tours

Barbican Theatre, Castle Street, The Barbican, Plymouth Pl1 2NJ
Throughout the Festival, during daylight hours
Start at the Barbican Theatre and take a 20 minute audio sound walk through the back lanes of the Barbican, into the Nancy Astor Garden which overlooks the water then back to the Barbican Theatre again. The route will take you along Castle Street, previously nicknamed ‘Damnation Alley’ and a place once renowned for its large number of ale houses and brothels. The script for this walk has been inspired by an 1851 Government paper on the living conditions in Plymouth, the piece is part verbatim and part scripted. It’s available to download or listen to on the Damnation Alley website and Soundcloud.
Free / No need to book /

Sunday 28 May, 10am-11.30am
Meet under the Big Screen, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2AA
Saturday 3 June, 10am-11.30am
Sunday 4 June, 10am-11.30am
Meet outside the Guildhall, Armada Way, Plymouth PL1 2AA
Come along on this special walking tour covering Plymouth’s vast history, key figures and surprising facts. The tour will take you to several of the city’s oldest buildings and the high ground of the Hoe, exploring famous figures and voyages along the way. It then moves to the old narrow streets of the Barbican to explore Plymouth’s fascinating connection with trade and the sea. The tour ends in the evasive Plymouth Castle, with a fantastic viewpoint out over the waterfront.
Free/ No need to book/  07465 423106

Ford Park Cemetery, Ford Park Road, Plymouth PL4 6NT
Monday 29 May, 7pm-8.30pm
This evening walk will be conducted by members of the Heritage Team. They will take the public on a guided walk, looking at a selection of the cemetery’s Victorian headstones and explaining the meanings behind the myriad of symbols used to adorn these grave markers.
Free / Donations welcome / No need to book / 01752 665442 /

St Andrews Minster Church, Royal Parade, Plymouth PL1 2AD
Wednesday 31 May 10.30am-11.15am
Join us for a tour around St Andrews that has for more than 1200 years stood in the heart of the community of Plymouth.
Free / No need to book / 01752 661414

Buckland Abbey, Yelverton PL20 6EY
Wednesday 31 May, 11.30am-1pm
Join one of Buckland’s knowledgeable volunteers for an in-depth tour of the Abbey.
Free but standard admission to the venue applies / No need to book / 01822 853607 /

The Library, University of St Mark & St John, Derriford Road, Plymouth PL6 8BH
Wednesday 31 May, 2pm-4pm

With historic links to Plymouth and London, the University of St Mark & St John, affectionately known as Marjon, has covered some distance in its long and fascinating heritage. Now the ‘long journey’ to digitise its archive in time for its 180th anniversary celebrations has begun. Come and explore the collections, see the progress that’s been made and even lend a helping hand as the Marjon archives opens up its ‘hidden history’.
Free / Advance booking essential via

Meet at the Liner Lookout (above The Dome), Plymouth Hoe
Friday 2 June, 11am-1pm
Join Hidden Heritage for a walk that will unearth some surprising things about Plymouth.
£4 per person / Booking essential via 01752 822388 /

Meet at the Stables at Stoke Inn, 43 Devonport Road, Plymouth PL3 4DL
Friday 2 June, 2.45pm for a 3pm start
Join Walks with History and Stoke Traders and Residents Association (STARS) on a walk through Stoke Village. Our walk which will take around 2 hours will look at the history of the village and the surrounding area. Look out for grand houses and villas, walk along the remains of Brunel’s railway towards Torpoint, find out about Devonport’s Cathedral and see one of the best panoramic views of Plymouth. Plymouth Citybus services 34 and 70/70A/70B/71 serve the stops in Devonport Road close to our start point and free parking can be found on neighbouring streets.
£4 per person / Booking essential via Eventbrite / Tickets can also be purchased via

Friary Retail Park, Exeter Street, Plymouth PL4 0HD
Saturday 3 June, 10.45am for an 11.00am start
Join Walks with History on a walk from Friary Retail Park once the site of Friary Railway Station. Our walk which will take 90 minutes will follow the old railway line now a footpath and cycleway to the site of Plymstock Railway Station. Look out for railway mile markers, views of the Laira Estuary and cross the recently re-opened old Laira Railway bridge. Meet by the coffee shop in the retail park. Plymouth Citybus services 21/50/51 and Stagecoach services 1 and 5 serve nearby Exeter Street and free parking can be found on neighbouring streets. Please do not park in the retail park.
£4 per person / Booking essential / Booking essential via Eventbrite / Tickets can also be purchased via

The Old Jewish Cemetery, Lambhay Hill, Plymouth PL1 2NP
Sunday 4 June, 11am-4pm (last entry at 3pm)
Tours take place at quarter past, half past, quarter to and on the hour
Located on Plymouth’s historic Hoe, in the shadow of The Citadel, lies a hidden secret: The Old Jewish Cemetery. Contained within high stone walls it has always remained hidden from public view. The only clue to its existence is an insignificant door. With the aid of funding from Vital Sparks and Drakes Foundation, recorded with Stage Technical Services and hosted by the Plymouth Hebrew Congregation, an audio trail has been created in the garden cemetery by Ruth Mitchell and Derek Frood, aka Ripple. It brings to life the lives of those buried within this hidden gem. In 1740 this plot was a family garden; today it is a calm oasis that hides a wealth of history and culture.
Bring your smart phone and headphones or use the MP3 players that will be available on the day. Please note: The Cemetery includes entry and exit steps with uneven terrain throughout and therefore is not suitable for those with limited mobility. For those unable to attend the Cemetery, an opportunity to hear the audio trail at the Synagogue Vestry is available on Tuesday 23 May.
Free / Donations very welcome / Booking essential due to limited spaces via 07753 267616 or