Drake Circus celebrates International Women's Day

Open Today

09:00 - 18:00

This International Women's Day, we are celebrating the amazing women we have working in the centre. First up is Gemma, the Assistant Manager of Soletrader.



  1. What does International Women's Day mean to you?

International woman’s day for me is a huge reminder that woman fought for our rights in equality and voting, and therefore shows the importance of participating in an election. And to remind that men and woman are equal. There should never be a barrier in the way of an opportunity whether it’s typically ‘a man's’ role.


2. Who is your biggest female role model?

In my life, my biggest role model is my mum. It may be a cliché but she is my inspiration in everything I do as she was a young mum that bought up myself and 2 brothers before going on to do a law degree and a midwifery degree. She is now an incredible midwife. As a mother myself, she is the perfect person to follow. In life she has shown me to be who you want to be as there is no limit to achieving everything you set your mind to.


3. What is the best thing about your role?

In my role, I am mostly in charge or running a store with a small team. The best thing about my role would be inspiring my team. I like to bring enthusiasm and happiness - a happy Manager is a happy team.


Next up we have Tracy, the Finance Manager.



  1. What does International Women's Day mean to you?

For me, it's a day to remember and celebrate women and their myriad of achievements. Not just the great women of the world but the women in my own family (past & present) who have influenced me throughout my life and career. All of them were and happily some continue to be hard working, devoted to their cause and truly inspiring!


  1. Who is your biggest female role model?

My favorite quote comes from a woman I have huge admiration for, Eleanor Roosevelt, she said “Well behaved women rarely make history”. I rarely behave so here’s to making history one day!


  1. What is the best thing about your role?

I love that my role keeps my brain ticking and challenges me every day, but by far the best thing is the fun and laughter shared with my office family. David Brent eat your heart out.


Next, we sat down with Mel, the Business & Marketing Apprentice.



  1. What does International Women's Day mean to you?

It’s a chance to learn about the women who have impacted and continue to impact everyday life, both past and present, which also gives us a chance to celebrate how far women’s rights have come.


  1. Who is your biggest female role model?

Definitely my Mum; she has been and continues to go through a lot yet she always makes time for the people who need her help. Even after a long day at work, she still comes home and deals with some kind of drama, be it homework or an argument.


  1. What is the best thing about your role?

The best thing about my role is the team I work with and how we work together. We are a really strong team who all get on both inside and outside of work, and always keep each other laughing one way or another.


Next up is Katie, the store manager of Cotswold Outdoor.



  1. What does International Women's Day mean to you?

The celebration in bridging the gap between gender equality.


  1. Who is your biggest female role model?

Definitely my Mum.


  1. What is the best thing about your role?

Developing my colleagues to be the best version of themselves.


Then we heard from Natalie, the Customer Service Advisor.



  1. What does International Women's Day mean to you?

How amazing that we have a day to celebrate being a women, to all come together from all over the world to celebrate women of the past, present and future!!!


  1. Who is your biggest female role model:

It would be Oprah Winfrey and how she came from poverty and an abusive childhood to being one on the most powerful people (women) on the planet! When she wants to make a change she stands up for what she believes in.


  1. What is the best thing about your role:

Meeting a lot of people on a daily basis and dealing with all different types of situations all whilst representing Drake Circus.


Now for Emma, the administrator.



  1. What does International Women's Day mean to you?

It’s a day to celebrate womanhood! It’s a chance to highlight all that women have achieved over the years to overcome oppression, whilst also encouraging everyone to continue to fight the stereotyping, bias and inequality that still exists today.  


  1. Who is your biggest female role model?

Elizabeth 1st for being a fierce Queen at a time when men very much ruled.


  1. What is the best thing about your role?

I’m always being provided with new, varied and challenging tasks. Despite being here for over a year my workload is never the same and I’m always learning something new.


Finally, we spoke to Clare, the centre’s controller.



1. What does International Women's Day mean to you?

International Women’s Day celebrates the movement of women’s rights.


2. Who is your biggest female role model?

Margaret Thatcher because not only was she the first lady to become Prime minister she was also one of the most influential politicians of the 20th century. She was not nicknamed the “iron lady” for nothing.


3. What is the best thing about your role?

I get to face new challenges on a daily basis.

General opening times

Bank Holiday Monday

Store opening times may vary. Food will be open later – please check retailer websites for further details.

Additional opening times

Store opening times at Drake Circus Plymouth may vary. Food will be open later – please check retailer websites for further details.

Please note that some retailers may vary from these times.

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Getting here

Drake Circus
1 Charles Street
01752 223030
  • Car

    Drake Circus car park is situated off Charles Street.  It's clearly signposted via the city centre car park messaging system.  The postcode for Drake Circus is PL1 1EA.

  • Train

    Drake Circus is a 10 minute walk from the station and there are regular bus services to and from Plymouth train station.  Taxi stands can be found at Old Town Street. 

  • Bus

    Plymouth City is served by Citybus, First Bus and Stagecoach.  All operate in most areas of Devon and Cornwall.  There are many bus stops situated on Charles Street, all giving direct access to Drake Circus.  Bretonside bus station is also situated within 100m .  Plymouth also operates a park and ride scheme with car parks at Coypool, Milehouse, and George junction.  For more help, contact www.plymouth.gov.uk


ATMs are located on the Lower Mall and at the Food Court

Our Drake Circus Plymouth car park is open from 6.30am - Midnight.

There are 1,270 parking spaces including bays for disabled drivers and parents with children situated on Levels 1, 2 and 3. Please note that disabled spaces are for blue badge holders only and you must display your badge. There is a 2m height restriction for the car park.

Up to 2 hours: £2.80

2-3 hours: £4.00

3-4 hours: £5.00

4-5 hours: £6.00

5-6 hours: £7.00

6-24 hours: £12.00

Park for just £4 if arriving at 4pm and leaving before midnight. 

You can also park overnight from 5.00pm until 10.00am the following day for £5. You must arrive after 5.00pm and leave before 10.00am.

We are proud that our car park has been issued the Park Mark, an award given by the Police to car parks that have achieved the standards of the Safer Parking Scheme, designed to reduce crime in car parks.

You can buy Drake Circus Gift Cards from the Customer Service desk which is located on the Food Court / Car Park Level 1 in the centre, or if you would prefer to purchase online, then please click here.

Gift card amounts available to purchase range from £5 up to £500, and you will be able to use the gift cards in all shops at Drake Circus with the exception of EE, Spud-u-like, Fuel Juice, Regus and Krispy Kreme.

Information Pods featuring live bus timetables and electronic centre guides are located throughout the centre

Children's rides are located on all levels apart from Car Park Level 2

We have installed the award winning, secure device charging system Chargebox at Drake Circus.

Chargebox provides a secure and private way to charge your devices. It's simple, reliable, convenient and it's FREE!

You can find the Chargebox units on the food court level near to the toilets.  

Photo booths are located on the Lower Mall, Old Town Street and on Car Park Level 2

Recycling facilities are located throughout the centre

At Drake Circus, we are proud to have won Loo of the Year Award every year running since opening. 

Public toilets are available on the Lower Mall and at the Food Court. 

We also have a special care room which has specialist equipment for disabled people.



We are registered with Changing Places, offering an accessible care room for customers who need it. This includes an adjustable height bench, peninsular toilet, hoist and adjustable wash facilities. Our care room can be found within the food court facilities on the first floor.

Drake Circus offers step-free access and easy-to-use lift facilities to all levels

You can hire scooters and wheelchairs from Access Plymouth, a charity organisation set up to help people get out and about in Plymouth. 

You will need to register and there is a 12 month registration fee of £12. For more information, click here or call 01752 600633. 

Powered scooters and manual wheelchairs are also available to hire at the centre on Level 2 of the car park. There is a £3 usage charge and only registered members can hire powered scooters. 


A number of stores within Drake Circus offer a Click & Collect service - please see individual store pages under the 'Shops' tab for more information.

Lost & Found is located at our Customer Service Desk at the Food Court

Free BT Wi-Fi available throughout Drake Circus