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Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel

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Perfectly placed in Plymouth!

The Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel is a wonderful place to stay in Plymouth and a true landmark. This pet-friendly hotel provides a great base from which to explore Devon, Cornwall and the Eden Project. Built as the first luxury hotel in Plymouth, it boasts an illustrious history and has had some famous guests including explorer Ernest Shackleton (who stayed the night before setting off for the Antarctic) and Laurel & Hardy.

The hotel's Victorian Gothic architecture sets the tone for its magnificent standards of food and service. You'll love time spent in this wonderful building, but while you're out and about, theres plenty to enjoy too, thanks to the hotel's excellent location. Just half a mile away is Plymouth Hoe, from which Sir Francis Drake sailed to defeat the Spanish Armada. Go a little further and you'll find the Mayflower Steps the point from which the Pilgrim Fathers sailed to the east coast of America in 1620 and ultimately founded the modern USA. Thats how rich in maritime history Plymouth is.

The Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel itself is a prestigious place to hold a wedding celebration and a great conference venue in Plymouth, with a large ballroom able to accommodate you and your guests.

A beautifully grand old building with thoroughly modern facilities throughout, it's well worth navigating your way to Plymouth for a stay at the Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel.

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Millbay Road
For enquiries or to make a reservation please call 01752 275850


Limited onsite parking (24 spaces), available free of charge on a first come first served basis. Nearby offsite chargeable parking also available.
Bars, Free WIFI, Golf Nearby, Pets Allowed, Restaurants, Twenty Four Hour Service, Lift to all floors
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
There is parking available nearby.
Pets: Accepted £10.00 per pet, please advise at time of booking
Check-in & Check-out
14:00 | 11:00


Dining and Bars

There's no finer place to eat in Plymouth than in the Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel, with its luxurious restaurant and lounge.



Dining at the Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel is an experience to savour due to the magnificent opulence of the surroundings. Enjoy AA Rosette food made with the finest fresh ingredients from the South West prepared for you by our award-winning chefs. A stunning central chandelier adds to the atmosphere and ambience. Little wonder that that this restaurant is renowned far and wide, making it a favourite with locals, as well as our guests.

Tea at the Top
The Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel boasts an iconic tower that offers magnificent views over the historic city and countryside beyond. There's no more luxurious experience than to be at the top of it, enjoying afternoon tea with friends as its served to you by your own private butler. You can also tuck into freshly prepared sandwiches, cakes and cream tea as you relish being waited on. Tea at the Top is not to be missed.

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary

Lounge Bar

Our lounge bar has the air of an exclusive club, with its leather-covered Chesterfields and wood-panelled walls. But you can also expect a friendly welcome too as you relax after a long day in glorious comfort. Its the ideal place to unwind with a refreshing drink or an informal lunch with friends or business associates. Stay all night and chat with locals and fellow guests alike or begin the evening here before a night out in Plymouth.

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary


The sumptuous surroundings of the Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel make for a prestigious wedding venue in Plymouth.


Wedding Ceremony and Reception Venue

With a large ballroom able to accommodate up to 250 guests for a wedding banquet, plus several smaller suites, the beautiful Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel offers a prestigious venue for couples to begin their married life or even renew their vows. Whether you prefer a grand occasion or an intimate get-together, we can accommodate your requirements. Return here for your reception or hold the full ceremony in the hotel - we're fully licenced.

Large and sumptuous or small and intimate, our range of bespoke wedding packages will suit your requirements and your budget. Our dedicated team will also work with you to tailor a package to create the wedding you've always dreamed about. If your guests wish to stay over at the hotel, we'll accommodate them at special rates in the wonderful surroundings of our historic and iconic building. We promise you memories you'll cherish forever.


Whatever food you'd like served at your wedding, you can rest assured our menus get a great reception every time. From tempting canapes to sumptuous starters, mouth-watering main courses to delicious desserts, our expert chefs will serve up fabulous AA Rosette standard food. Talk to our experienced wedding planners if you have specific requirements - we'll do all we can to make your day extra special.


Registry office:
Plymouth Registry Office
Lockyer Street, Plymouth, PL1 2QD
01752 268331

Get in touch with Melanie Williams

Melanie is the Wedding Manager. Melanie and her team can provide a complete service to make your celebration memorable.

For any enquiries please call Melanie Williams on 01752 275850

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

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Nearest motorway: M5, J31, 40.00 miles
Nearest train station: Plymouth, 0.75 miles
Nearest airport: Plymouth, 5.50 miles
Free parking on site (24 spaces)
On site disabled parking (1 spaces)

Millbay Road

What's nearby?


  • Plymouth Argyle Stadium (2 miles)

  • The Brickfields Stadium (2 miles)

  • Plymouth Pavilions Basketball (0.2 miles)

  • Plymouth Life Centre (0 miles)

  • Plymouth Karting (0 miles)

Cities & Attractions

  • Plymouth Pavilions (0.2 miles)

  • Plymouth Hoe (0.5 miles)

  • Theatre Royal (0.5 miles)

  • National Marine Aquarium (1 miles)

  • Smeaton Tower (0.5 miles)


  • Plymouth Town Centre (0.5 miles)

  • Drake Circus Shopping Mall (0.8 miles)

  • Armada Shopping Centre (0.8 miles)

  • City Market (0.5 miles)

  • 1 bar

  • 1 bar

Meetings, Conferences and Events

The Best Western Duke of Cornwall Hotel offers a unique 'heart of the city' conference venue in Plymouth for your next business meeting, training session or workshop.


The exquisite surroundings of our beautiful hotel are the perfect setting to cater for the needs of businesses of all types. We offer a variety of unique function rooms that can hold meetings of all sizes. For conferences or banquets of up to 300 people, our large ballroom is available. For more intimate events, we have number of smaller suites too. All benefit from modern facilities and free Wi-Fi throughout the hotel.


We offer a range of packages that can accommodate your meeting and meet your budget. All include the essentials you need for a successful meeting, from flipcharts to audio-visual equipment. You'll also be served unlimited refreshments throughout the day. If you require overnight stays for your delegates, we offer preferential rates on our 72 fabulous rooms that include all meals. Talk to our expert team who'll assist you every step of the way.

Available room set ups

U shape

Room Theatre Classroom U-Shape Boardroom Banquet
Writing Room 40 20 16 24 30
Ballroom 300 125 100 100 250
Fleur De Lys 50 20 24 24 40
Hayward 80 40 30 34 70
Millbay Suite 80 35 25 30 0
Whiteford 12 10 8 8 0
Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0845 620 0506


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 1144 traveller reviews
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Great hotel and worth staying at.

15/01/2019 sjsedmonds, Dorset, United Kingdom

The Duke is a lovely hotel, not a brand outlet but it is very unique, the room was very clean very big, the bed was a very good size and the bathroom was excellent. Did not have dinner at the hotel b... more


Beautiful and elegant hotel

08/01/2019 Culture26202478731,

We were booked for just the one night as a post Christmas pick-me-up and wished we could have stayed longer. The receptionist was amazing, the room fantast and spotlessly clean and a very convenient l... more

Owner Response
JoannaWeavers, Guest Relations Manager at The Duke Of Cornwall Hotel, responded to this review
Good morning, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a five star review, it is really appreciated. We are pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us, thank you for your lovely comments regarding our reception team, your bedroom and the cleanliness of the hotel. We look forward to welcoming you back to the hotel in the near future. Best wishes, The Duke Team.

Great party but overall a disappointment

05/01/2019 SnaxMuppet, Saltash, England

This is a very difficult review to do if I want to give a true representation. There was some excellence and some disasters. It started with the booking of the party and the rooms for the New Years E... more

Owner Response
LeilaNotatge, Director of Marketing at The Duke Of Cornwall Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for taking the time to leave such a detailed review. Like you we always aim to give a true representation of events, hence taking the time to give you a thorough response. I have spoken in detail with the member of my team that booked you in for the evening, the confirmation was sent immediately, we understand that this didn't reach you and when you contacted us we immediately sent the original confirmation to show that it was sent and we apologised for any technology errors that were out of our control. Again the food and wine lists were sent immediately. When you weren't happy with our wine list our Operations Manager said he would personally order anything that you would like, but we never had a reply from you on this. I am very confused about the entertainment issue as I personally called everyone who had booked on the 31st October when we made the decision to change the entertainment. Your initial booking came in on the 9th November and the member of my team who you spoke to informed everyone of the New Year entertainment, this was often done on the phone or by email if that was the persons preferred means of contact, obviously for you it was a phone call. This was then noted on our booking system. This information was across our website and social media as it was paramount to make sure every guest was happy. We were very clear and we are confident that every guest was informed. We are unsure why you called on New Year's Eve to confirm entertainment. We take on board all of your comments about the room and your feedback (both positive and negative) has been shared with the relevant Departments. Obviously you have been in touch with our Operations Manager who has listened to your concerns, answered all points raised, personally offered complimentary wine on New Year's Eve as we like all guests to be happy and gave you a complimentary room and discounted the other bedroom, we are sorry this was not enough. We hope we have answered all of your points and wish you all the best for 2019. Best wishes, The Duke Team

Great New Years Eve Party

03/01/2019 Sam_Drake186254, Exeter, United Kingdom

Celebrated the night with family and friends, great location, great food and excellent service throughout the evening. Would definately recommend! We stayed the night as well and the room was warm, co... more

Owner Response
JoannaWeavers, Guest Relations Manager at The Duke Of Cornwall Hotel, responded to this review
Good morning, thank you so much for taking the time to leave a five star review. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed New Year's Eve at the hotel. Thank you for all of your lovely feedback, we will be sure to pass this on to our team. We look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. Best wishes, The Duke Team.

Beautiful, historic hotel

01/01/2019 OutOfTheBlue-301, United Kingdom

A beautiful hotel, just on the edge of the city centre and a very short stroll from Plymouth Hoe. The architecture of this historic hotel is stunning, and the interior has been beautifully restored. T... more

Owner Response
JoannaWeavers, Guest Relations Manager at The Duke Of Cornwall Hotel, responded to this review
Good afternoon, thank you for taking the time to leave a review, it is really appreciated. We are so pleased that you loved the architecture and period features of the hotel, it is indeed a very special building. We are glad to hear that you liked your bedroom and although you experienced issues with the Wi-Fi at first, these were soon dealt with. Our Lounge was refurbished in January 2018, we are sorry to hear that this space was not to your liking. We are pleased that you were able to make use of our free car park, it is a wonderful addition to the hotel. We are sorry that you found the extraction fan to be noisy from your room. Our team allocated you a bedroom at the back of the hotel as this is generally considered quieter than the front due to being further away from the road. We hope to welcome you back in the near future and would highly recommend that you try one of our fully cooked breakfasts. Best wishes, The Duke Team.