By foot 

The Royal William Yard is roughly 30-minutes walk from Plymouth city centre.


By bus

From Plymouth city centre you can catch the Plymouth Citybus services 34/34A, which leave from Royal Parade every 20 minutes. This takes you to the main gate of the Yard in under 10 minutes. There are many other buses to Stonehouse Bridge (3, 21/21A, 81), which is a 10-minute walk to the Yard.


Plymouth City bus are bringing their Nightrider service forward to start at 4pm over the 4 days of illuminate (22nd – 25th November).Save 50p off your ticket by using discount code ILLUMINATE when purchasing on the City Bus app.

The Nightrider ticket gives you 1 of night unlimited travel in zones 1 and 2. To receive illuminate discount all you have to do is download the app! You can find all the information about the Plymouth City Bus app here:


By bike

Why not cycle to illuminate? There are plenty of lock-up spaces for bikes in the Yard, details of which can be found on the Royal William Yard website.


By car 

There are a number of pay and display parking locations around the Yard, however spaces are limited. Why not use public transport instead?


By water

Plymouth Boat trips will be running an extra ferry service for the event from the Barbican to Royal William Yard on 22-25 November. Adult single fare £3, child single fare £2.


Depart: Barbican to RWY – 17:00, 18:00, 19:00, 20:00, 21:00
Depart: RWY to Barbican – 17:30, 18:30, 19:30, 20:30


Will you be attending Illuminate 2019 and are yet to book accommodation for the event?

In collaboration with Plymouth’s largest, independent, family owned hotel, The New Continental has created a promotional code.

Boasting 99 bedrooms, an indoor pool and in-house restaurant, The New Continental has a desirable central location; only a 15-minute walk from the Royal William Yard and 10 minutes from the Barbican and city centre.

The promo code ‘LIGHTS19’ will allow guests to receive 20% off all Illuminate bookings from November 28thDecember 1st 2019 receiving the cheapest rate

To book simply call, email or book online with the discount code ‘LIGHTS19’ to receive the full discount.