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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 0844 387 6053*


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


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Christmas party

15/12/2017 Trudi12_13, Plymouth, United Kingdom

This our 2nd year of holding our Christmas party at the Duke of Cornwall and once again we could not fault it. The food was excellent, piping hot and very tasty, only minor complaint was it would ha... more


Christmas Party - 60 very happy guests!

13/12/2017 SuziCumberland, Plymouth, United Kingdom

I have had the pleasure of organising and attending many many events at The Duke of Cornwall Hotel over the last few years, both in a professional and social capacity and yet with each visit I have ne... more


Xmas Dinner and Dance

10/12/2017 Derek V, Plymouth, United Kingdom

My friends and I booked to come here for our Xmas party , what a disappointment . The very old fashioned dining room was freezing cold .The food was very poor ,stale rolls and very small portions of e... more

Owner Response
ppjadams, Manager at Best Western Duke Of Cornwall Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are very sorry to see that you did not enjoy your evening. We have already fed this back to the team in the restaurant, who have great pride in their service and product and will be collectively disappointed. We would have liked an opportunity to address any possible issues directly on the evening, sadly not so. We'd welcome an opportunity to redeem ourselves and as such I hope you will consider visiting in the future. Best wishes for Christmas and 2018 The 'Duke' Team

Christmas Lunch for a large group of around 100 members from a local club which raises funds for national charities.

08/12/2017 Julian S, Plymouth, United Kingdom

What a disappointment. I realise that to provide a 3 course hot lunch for 100 people is a challenge but we have used the restaurant at the Duke for many years and have never had a problem with the foo... more

Owner Response
ppjadams, Manager at Best Western Duke Of Cornwall Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We are disappointed to read your comments, having had no feedback from you during your visit. The Turkey dish has been well received by the many hundreds of guests that visit us each Christmas. It is unfortunate that you did not enjoy your meal and for which we offer our apologies. The vegetables are 'silver served' to the table and as such if you require more then the server would be happy to provide. The 'red cabbage' is of course Purple in colour and only red in name, apologies if this caused any confusion. You have not mentioned the starter, dessert or lovely surroundings the hotel offers to our customers year after year. In fact I believe your event organiser has already booked for next year. I hope we can welcome you back to that event. Best wishes for Christmas and 2018 The 'Duke' Team

Not great

06/12/2017 Justin S, Camborne, United Kingdom

If you ask for anything it seems too much trouble. Light blew on our visit but as we were checking out that day no one cared. Even emailed after to see if i could get a satisfactory repsonse (no reply... more

Owner Response
ppjadams, Manager at Best Western Duke Of Cornwall Hotel, responded to this review
Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. I'm very sorry to see that you experienced an issue with your bedroom lighting whilst staying with us. It would seem that sadly we didn't rectify in enough time for you, for which we offer our apologies. I'm disappointed to see that we have for some reason not replied to your email. We will be looking into this matter further. I hope we can welcome you back to hotel again. Best wishes The 'Duke' Team