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Royal William Yard

Royal William Yard

The Grade 1 former Royal Naval victualling buildings are coming alive with cafes, bars, restaurants and galleries.

Royal William Yard

Designed by Victorian architect Sir John Rennie and constructed between 1825 and 1831, Royal William Yard is steeped in history. Considered to be one of the most important groups of historic military buildings in Britain, it is also the largest collection of Grade 1 listed military buildings in Europe.

The Royal William Yard is a thriving hub for many Plymouth businesses and retailers. The Yard is one of Plymouth’s premier lifestyle destinations and is an arts and culture destination with regular public events taking place including outdoor theatre productions and open-air cinema, arts and crafts markets and the launch of Community Interest Company Ocean Studios offering opportunities for over 100 artists in residence. There’s also the Edward Waite Gallery and various artworks exhibited within Residence ONE.

Accessible by land and sea, the Yard has its own harbour with mooring facilities and Royal William Yard’s own ferry service, which makes regular daily trips from the Yard to the Barbican Landing Stage and back.

Visitors to the Yard can explore a multitude of independent retailers with boutiques ID Fashion and Bibi & Mac, and hair and beauty services at Envy. Restaurants and lounge bar options are plentiful at the Yard and offer something for all including the brand new Wildwood with specialised children’s menus, The Bakery renowned for delicious breakfasts, Will’s Restaurant with garden tearooms, as well as Seco Lounge, Prezzo, Las Iguanas, Wagammama, River Cottage, Bistrot Pierre and Le Vignoble wine lounge - well-known for its regular expert wine events.

For those wanting to enjoy an open space, visitors to Royal William Yard can relax on the lawn and take advantage of the sea views of Plymouth Sound through the tunnel which offers a perfect look out point. For the chance to explore 

the area a little further, there is a direct link from the South West Coast Path to the Yard, which runs from Devil’s Point, passing through the cantilevered stairs to the yard. There’s also the opportunity to cycle to Royal William Yard with Rockets and Rascals offering cycle hire so visitors can ride around Plymouth and return their bike at the Yard or on the Barbican and they also offer refreshments and ice cream. For water sports fans, Rockets and Rascals also offers SUP - Stand Up Paddleboarding - across Plymouth Sound.

In addition to the permanent food establishments at the Yard, every first Sunday of the month the Good Food Market can be found on the Royal William Yard lawn. Visitors can sample and buy food and drink from the finest local artisan producers from 10am - 4pm with something on offer for all tastes.

Travel information:

Boat
Boats can moor at the RWY harbour.  For a 24 hour stay the cost starts at £3.25 per metre.  For those looking for short stay options the cost is a flat fee, which starts from £5.00 for a maximum 4 hour stay for up to 3 metres and varies depending on boat size.  Longer stay berthing options are also available.

Bus
The 34 bus travels from Derriford to the City Centre, via Crownhill, Stoke and Millbay, and stops at the Royal William Yard roundabout.  At busy times it can be worth parking in the city centre and catching the service (or the 34A) as it leaves from the front of the Theatre Royal.  The service takes you to the main gate of the Yard in less than 10 mins.

There are also many other buses to Stonehouse Bridge (3, 21/21A, 81), which is a 10 min walk to the RWY.

Car
RWY has parking for over 500 cars (plus disabled spaces) and the nearby car park at Devil’s Point has a stairway down into the Yard. If you’re travelling to the Royal William Yard for an event, traffic in the area is likely to be very busy, and parking limited, so it is worth considering one of the many alternative travel options.

Cycle
Bikes are available to hire from Rockets & Rascals' 'Little Rascals Bicycle Depot' at Royal William Yard and at Commercial Wharf, on the Barbican.  Visitors can hire a bike for a couple of hours and explore the majestic waterfront by cycling to and from the RWY and Barbican 7 days a week.

Cremyll Ferry
The historic foot passenger ferry to and from Admirals Hard and Cremyll, Cornwall, has run for over 25 years and is just a two minute walk from the Yard.  The ferry runs every day from Admirals Hard to Cremyll at quarter to and quarter past the hour and from Cremyll to Admirals Hard on the hour and half past the hour.  Ferry times before 9.00am vary in both directions.  Adult Single £1.35, Child Single (5 to 15 years) £0.65, Under 5 Years Free. Dogs are welcome on the ferry but must be on a lead and under control at all times, and are the responsibility of their owners, and there is a £0.65 charge for bikes and parcels.

RWY Water Ferry
There is a daily ferry service between the Royal William Yard and Plymouth’s Barbican. The service is weather permitting and tickets are priced from £3.00 for an Adult Single and £1.50 for a Child Single (pay on board). Services from RWY to the Barbican run Monday – Sunday on the hour, every hour from 10am with the last service at 4pm, and run from the Barbican to RWY on the half hour from 10.30 am with the last service at 4.30pm. There are extended services from May to September and during summer school holidays between May and September.

Walking
Walkers on the South West Coast Path can enter the yard via the award-winning cantilevered stairs that link RWY to Devil’s Point.

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  1. River Cottage Canteen and Deli

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    The River Cottage Canteen in Plymouth opened its doors in the Royal William Yard in 2011. The Grade I Listed Brewhouse building, part of the historical Royal William Yard scheme, is situated right on the waterfront.

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    Las Iguanas in Royal William Yard in Plymouth brings a vibrant taste of South America to Devon diners.

  3. Prezzo Restaurant

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    Prezzo Plymouth's waterfront location offers guests stunning sea views and a chance to dine in one of the town's oldest industrial buildings – the restaurant retains the original pillars, giving a flavour of the building's past function and boasts a

  4. Le Bistrot Pierre

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    Royal William Yard, Plymouth

    Our restaurant will be in the New Cooperage building which opens up onto a large outside terrace with seating. This overlooks a magnificent lawn, upon which a local farmers’ market takes place on the first Sunday of every month.

  5. Le Vignoble

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    New Cooperage, Royal William Yard, Plymouth

    With a choice of over 180 wines & champagnes from all around the world. Each wine has its own story to tell & we have made a concerted effort to bring you wines from producers that are not widely available from supermarkets and other wine specialists

  6. Royal William Bakery

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    Royal William Yard, Plymouth

    The charm of Plymouth's RWY is so beautiful, you can't help being drawn to it. It talks to you about Britains Naval History like nowhere else. So sit and relax with a tasty cup of coffee and a bite to eat and take it all in.

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    With fantastic views of the harbour, wagamama plymouth is perfect for a quick bite or a long meal. Our restaurants are modelled on the ramen bars which have been popular in japan for many years.

  8. Seco Lounge

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    Royal William Yard, Plymouth

    Seco opened in March 2010 in the Mills Bakery building at the historic Royal William Yard development in Stonehouse. My word Seco is a sexy site with fat stone walls, colossal steel columns & a stunning view out to sea.

  9. Devils Point Cafe

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    Devils Point Cafe is located in a truly spectacular spot; overlooking the Western Sound and the Dockyard. It is a great location when watching the ships come in & out. It's speciality is it's ice cream - why not pop along and enjoy the views.

  10. Will's

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