The Plymouth Athenaeum

The Plymouth Athenaeum is a charitable society dedicated to the promotion of learning in the fields of science, technology, literature and art. The Athenaeum building, located at Derry’s Cross in Plymouth city centre, includes a 340-seat theatre, lecture hall, members lounge, meeting rooms and a local interest library. These rooms are available for hire.

The Plymouth Athenaeum

Derry’s Cross

(The theatre is behind the Travelodge just along from Theatre Royal Plymouth)

01752 267131 (Mon - Fri 11am - 4pm)

Ticket collection

Pre-booked tickets can be collected from the Box Office at The Plymouth Athenaeum from 1 hour before your performance starts, unless you have opted to have them posted (for an additional charge of £1 per order at time of booking) Tickets can also be bought for that day's performance from the box office from 1 hour before performances begin (subject to ticket availability)


Inside The Plymouth Athenaeum building

There is portable ramp access to reception, box office and Lecture Room and theatre west; permanent ramp access to theatre east and library; stair lifts from lower foyer to Lounge and Upper Foyer (these lifts cannot be used with a wheelchair).

The Plymouth Athenaeum strives to be accessible to all. If you have any access requirements for your visit, please contact our House Manager Helen Davies, by calling 01752 267131 or emailing

Getting to The Plymouth Athenaeum building

The Plymouth Athenaeum is in Plymouth City Centre where roads and paths are tarmac with dipped curbs.

Travel & Parking


The nearest carparks (with disabled spcaes) spaces are in the Plymouth City Council owned Derry’s Cross Car Park (single storey) to the right of the theatre or the multistorey Theatre Royal Car Park to the left of the theatre. Both car parks are less than a minute from the Plymouth Athenaeum.

Public Transport

The Plymouth Athenaeum is less than a 5 minute walk from Royal Parade served by most Plymouth bus services.

Plymouth Citybus website

Stagecoach Devon website

Target Travel website

The theatre is a 15 minute walk from Plymouth Train Station (on North Road) and a 10 minute walk from Plymouth Coach Station (on Armada Way).