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Address: Mannamead Road, Plymouth, England
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An ornamental park but no flowers!

How can this be? Dogs are banned unless on a lead because the council labels this as an 'ornamental park'. So what is ornamental about it? Snaking Tarmac paths, close mowed grass... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 24, 2014
Hettie W
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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151 reviews 151 reviews
56 attraction reviews
261 helpful votes 261 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I walked through this lovely formal park last week only to be saddened by the Council Planning notices on many lamp posts announcing their intention to seal and lock the entrance to this delightful and original facility by installing bars a gate and secure lock. What's the point of that. It's the only place for males to relieve themselves in... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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138 reviews 138 reviews
63 attraction reviews
801 helpful votes 801 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

How can this be? Dogs are banned unless on a lead because the council labels this as an 'ornamental park'. So what is ornamental about it? Snaking Tarmac paths, close mowed grass and a mixture of mostly common suburban tree types. No statuary, topiary or fountains, fish in ponds or fancy flower beds. Something and nothing. Probably helps local house... More 

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137 reviews 137 reviews
55 attraction reviews
544 helpful votes 544 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This week we came through here only to see a dog warden reprimanding a dog owner, who was plainly behaving responsibly with his show dog, on the basis that it had to be on a lead. The warden then disclosed that as a result of very many complaints, they were targeting other regular dog walkers. Never made clear what the... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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136 reviews 136 reviews
63 attraction reviews
835 helpful votes 835 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Not a fun place but a bit like you might find around a National Trust house. I read somewhere that it was for a long time a private park for residents but was confiscated or compulsorarily purchased by the council after WWII. It still has a slightly exclusive feel. I like the review of Hillycirencester which gives a much more... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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363 attraction reviews
3,051 helpful votes 3,051 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Nothing exceptional but a pleasant place to sit or walk in a peaceful residential area. We found it on the local co-op marked walks map. On our Thursday night there were very well rung bells from the closeby parish church, several groups of children playing ball games, a small organised group doing formal exercises with what looked like canonballs and... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2012

Short of the bandstand, you don't get more authentic than this. Our family have had many happy picnics (lasting all day!) here since 2008...take a tennis ball and a bottle of wine and the kids will play and the adults can chat in the sun. If you told our kids about the reviews complaining about too many trees they would... More 

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Devon
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012

There are many trees in the top part so on hot summer days you can take a good walk around without taking the full heat of the sun. The other lower part of the park with the big flat grassy play area and the slope down to the swings and climbing frames attracts lots of families and is more fun.

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Dartmoor National Park, United Kingdom
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427 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2012

This is a lovely small green space just a couple of minutes away from the urban Mutley Plain. There are lots of trees to relax under on a sunny day and the grounds are kept well. Unfortunately the toilet facilities are now 'abandoned' it seems to a state of disrepair. I have only visited during the day and so I'm... More 

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United kingdom
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312 reviews 312 reviews
127 attraction reviews
2,329 helpful votes 2,329 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2012

Nice enough but too many trees. Needs more light and open space. Apparently this used to have several unusual specimen trees but now there are a lot of fast growing suburban copper beeches and cherries. This would be a better park if it were extended to and joined with the other one just over the wall at the western end... More 

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United Kingdom
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15 attraction reviews
648 helpful votes 648 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

Thorn Park is OK but a bit staid. I lived as a student for a year in quiet Mutley Road which ends behind the Lodge at the gateway joining Thorn Park to Mutley Park which is about the same size as Thorn Park but very different in style and use. It has a big flat open play area at the... More 

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