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The Duke of Cornwall Hotel

3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars 3 AA Stars Hotel
Millbay Road

Tel: 01752 275850

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The Duke of Cornwall Hotel in Plymouth

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The Duke of Cornwall Hotel is a defining figure in Plymouth’s past and its present. A landmark hotel built in 1863, the Duke has endured at the heart of this maritime city for over a century and a half since. Surviving two World Wars and radical changes in its surrounding environment, the hotel stands as a strong and steadfast connection to days gone by. Its splendid Victorian gothic architecture drew admiration then – and makes even more of a statement in the contemporary cityscape.

The Duke of Cornwall Hotel is the perfect place to stay in Plymouth. The hotel’s 72 uniquely decorated bedrooms include single, double and twin rooms, so there’s an option to suit every need. Plus, the hotel’s Superior and Luxury ranges – which include sensational four-poster suites – offer extra space and features for special occasions or indulgent treats. Whether you’re visiting Plymouth for business or pleasure, or attending a special event, a night at the Duke is always an experience to enjoy.

When you walk through the Duke’s revolving doors, you step back in time. Dating from 1863, the Duke of Cornwall offers a wealth of historic features. Poet Sir John Betjeman described it as “one of the nation’s finest examples of Victorian architecture” – and it’s not hard to see why. Its imposing gothic building style, grand rooms and hallways, stunning Grade II listed staircase, and ornate interior details, make the hotel a gem in Plymouth’s crown. Thanks to the loving preservation and refurbishment of the Duke over recent years, this splendour can still be enjoyed today.

The Duke of Cornwall Hotel was created to serve a growing demand for luxury accommodation in the golden age of steam. It welcomed a busy flow of passengers arriving by rail at the adjacent Millbay station and from ocean liners at Millbay Docks. The Duke, then Plymouth’s tallest building, became a beacon of sophistication in the city and has attracted an array of illustrious guests ever since.

One notable resident was the celebrated explorer Ernest Shackleton. He and his party stayed at the Duke on their last night before setting out on their infamous Antarctic expedition. The hotel has also welcomed legendary showbiz names through its doors, including Charlie Chaplin, Laurel and Hardy, Anne Ziegler and Webster Booth. Notable figures from the world of politics, such as Alan Clarke and Dame Janet Fookes, have been among the guests here too.

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Number of Rooms / Units
Room Type / Room Tariff*
Double en suiteOn Request
Family en suiteOn Request
Luxury RoomsOn Request
Single en suiteOn Request
Superior DoubleOn Request
Superior TwinOn Request

*As a guide, prices are per room per night for hotels, guest houses, B&Bs and serviced apartments and per week for self-catering accommodation.

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

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  • 3 AA Stars Hotel
3 AA Stars Hotel


  • Green AwardsGreen Tourism Business Scheme (Silver) Green Tourism Business Scheme (Silver) 2018
  • AA AwardsAA 2 Rosettes 2018 Culinary Excellence AA 2 Rosettes 2018 Culinary Excellence 2018
  • Regional and MiscellaneousWTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021



  • Additional meal details - Lounge bar snacks and Bistro menu. Packed lunches. All special diets catered for.
  • Bar
  • Cater for vegetarians
  • Local Produce English Breakfast
  • Room service
  • Serve breakfast
  • Serve evening meal
  • Serve lunch

Children & Infants

  • Accept children (Minimum age) - 0
  • Children's videos/DVDs available
  • Facilities for children - Xbox and DVD Player available.

Establishment Features

  • 24 hr return laundry service
  • Accept coach parties
  • Available for wedding receptions - Maximum of 300.
  • Business facilities - Full secretarial services available.
  • Central heating throughout
  • Conference facilities - Banqueting, 6 Function Rooms, Boardroom
  • Event venue
  • Ironing facilities
  • Licenced for civil marriages
  • Lift
  • Night porter
  • Pets accepted
  • Public telephone
  • Separate guests' lounge
  • Staff fluent in foreign languages ** (List of languages are separately given)
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • Celebrity connection - Was visited by numerous Hollywood celebrities at the height of the Silver Screen days (1930s). Also, Shackleton and survivors of the Titanic stayed here.
  • In town/city centre
  • Non smoking establishment
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest - Grade II Listed Victorian Gothic hotel built in 1863 with numerous unique features.

Languages spoken

  • Czech spoken
  • Polish spoken

Leisure Facilities

  • Access to golf course - Special discounts at Yelverton Golf Club (9 miles).
  • Arrangements for riding/pony trekking
  • Cycle hire
  • Gym - We offer Gym discounts

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking - Car Park behind hotel – 25 spaces. Also on-street parking and public car park nearby.

Payment Methods

  • American Express accepted
  • Delta accepted
  • Maestro accepted
  • MasterCard accepted
  • Visa accepted

Room / Unit Features

  • Colour television in all bedrooms
  • DVD Player
  • Four poster beds available
  • Hairdryer in all bedrooms
  • Modem point in all bedrooms
  • Radio in all bedrooms
  • Tea & coffee making facilities in all bedrooms
  • Telephone in all bedrooms
  • WiFi

Specialist Features

  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly - Operate recycling scheme and use locally produced vegetables, fish and meat.
  • Marketed to any other specialist market - Work extensively with Plymouth Theatre Royal (2 minutes walk) for theatre breaks.
  • Special provisions for cyclists - Provide storage space for cycles and suggested cycle routes for Dartmoor and the South Hams. Packed lunches available.
  • Special provisions for lone female travellers - 24 hour check in, complete room service.
  • Special provisions for walkers - Provide detailed walking maps of beauty spots for Dartmoor and South Hams.

Travel & Trade

  • Wi-fi available


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Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
Opening Dates 2024 (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

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