Travel and Accomodation

Making Futures will be held on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd September 2017 within the magnificently sited Mount Edgcumbe estate on the River Tamar opposite the city of Plymouth, Devon, UK. 


The Conference Ferry:

A specially chartered conference ferry will take delegates from Plymouth across the River Tamar to the ferry point at Mount Edgcumbe. We strongly recommend that all delegates staying in Plymouth use this free service.

The ferry will depart from the famous Mayflower Steps on the Barbican Harbour and return to the Steps in the evening. The journey time is approximately fifteen minutes.

  • Morning departure from Mayflower Steps: 8:00AM prompt - to be confirmed. 
  • Evening departure from Mount Edgcumbe ferry point: 6.45PM prompt - to be confirmed. 


The Cremyll Ferry:

Delegates may alternatively catch the Cremyll Ferry on the south west side of Plymouth, in the Stonehouse area of the City to the same ferry point at Mount Edgcumbe. However, please note that this is a pay service and not covered by the cost of the conference.

The Cremyll Ferry is a foot passenger only ferry and departs from the Stonehouse terminus regularly. The following times would be most suitable for conference delegates:

  • Morning departures: 7.45am, 8.45am and 9.15am.
  • Evening departures: 4.30pm, 5pm, 5.30pm, 6.00pm and 6.30pm (last sailing).

For a full timetable of Cremyll ferry sailings click here Please note the ferry will be operating from the winter timetable 2017.


Disability Access:

The Conference Ferry and the Cremyll Ferry are unable to support wheelchair access. Delegates requiring specific access provision should make this clear when registering on the Conference Registration Form, and where necessary, the conference organisers will provide road transport support.


Road access to the conference:

For those delegates that would prefer to make their own way by road to the conference venue, please follow the directions below:

  • Access from Plymouth is via the Tamar Bridge (A38) to Trerulefoot roundabout; then via the A374 and B3247 (brown signs) to Millbrook and Mount Edgcumbe. Allow 40 minutes traveling time from Saltash (50 minutes at peak times).
  • The Torpoint Car Ferry is available at approximately ten minute intervals. From Torpoint use the A374 and B3247 (brown signs) via Antony. Allow approximately 40 minutes travel time.

  • For access from Cornwall, head for Liskeard then follow the A38 to the Trerulefoot roundabout, then the A374 (Torpoint) and B3247 (brown signs) to Millbrook and Mount Edgcumbe. Allow 45 minutes travel time from Liskeard.

Once you have parked your car, an electric bus runs within the Park. A convenient bus stop is located near the Lower Park Front Gate.  



Please note: there are several large events in Plymouth the week of Making Futures and accommodation will go quickly. We strongly recommend delegates to book as early as they can. 

The Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth:

The Conference Committee will be staying at the Duke of Cornwall Hotel and welcome delegates to join them. The Duke of Cornwall Hotel is a historic hotel located in the city of Plymouth, Devon, England. Opening in 1865 it was built as Plymouth's first luxury hotel and now stands as Plymouth's oldest hotel pre-dating the Savoy Hotel in London by 21 years. The Duke of Cornwall website.


Alternative Plymouth Accommodation Options:

The City of Plymouth has visitor accommodation to suit all needs - from quality hotels to excellent value for money B&B's. To see details of a selection of available accommodation in the historic Plymouth Hoe area please click here


Camping at Mount Edgcumbe:

Mount Edgcumbe is set in a truly magnificent park on the Rame Peninsula, and while we cannot guarantee the September weather, for adventurous delegates, or those working to a tight budget, we are able to organise a cheap camping option within the estate and almost next to the house. However, delegates will need to pack their own tent and sleeping bag and on-site facilities will be basic with a toilet block and sinks but no shower facilities. Costs are as follows:

£8:50 per pitch per night; breakfasts not included but available at The Stables Café in the Mount Edgcumbe House Barrow Centre at approximately £7.00 per head, with vegetarian and meat options. Evening meals are available at the Edgcumbe Arms pub at the entrance to the estate.

If you would like to take up the camping option, please register with the Conference Secretary at: