Cornwall RLFC

The Memorial Ground

Cornwall in action at the Memorial Ground, Penryn

Since Cornwall RLFC’s inception in November 2021, the club have played home matches at the Memorial Ground, Penryn.

Cornwall’s oldest oval ball venue the Memorial Ground is home to Penryn RUFC, who were founded in 1872 and their nickname is ‘The Borough’.

Names in honour of Penryn club members and players who were lost in conflict, the Mem hosted the British & Irish Lions against a club side for the first and only time in 1973.

The best of the Borough locked horns with the Lions, which included legendary figures of the 15-man code which included Barry John, JPR Williams and Derek Quinnell – father of Scott Quinnell, who won international honours in both league and union.

Located adjacent to Penryn College, the ground is situated on Kernick Road, to the west of Penryn’s town centre.

The vibrant port of Falmouth and its beaches are situated to the east of the Memorial Ground, the cathedral city of Truro to the north, with the scenic Helford river to the south.

Ground Facilities Overview

The Mem is a perfect setting for summer rugby league with its grass banked areas, outside bar area and non-restrictive views offered from the elevated main grandstand.

Spectators can access all facilities at the Mem with a vaild advanced match ticket, or by paying on the gate.

Seats in the grandstand are allocated on a first come, first served basis, with an area reserved for club officials and working members of the media.

There is strictly no access to the ‘Cowshed’ side of the ground, owing to the access and tower needed for broadcast purposes.

Food and Drink

A variety of food and drink options are available for supporters to purchase and enjoy at the Memorial Ground on matchdays.

The upstairs clubhouse bar is accessible for all general admission spectators before, during and after the game, with a licensed bar selling all alcoholic and soft drinks.

Hot food is available from the serving hatch in the downstairs Saracen Bar. Before and during the game, the actual bar inside the downstairs facility is only accesable for VIP guests and visiting club officials.

However, post game, the Saracen Bar is open to all and this is where the speeches will be held, with all spectators welcome to attend.

Car Parking, Entry Point, Toilets

There is no car parking at the Mem for spectators. The limited parking at the ground is reserved for players, match officials, club officials – from both Cornwall and their opponents – and VIP guests.

Supporters are advised to park courteously and respectfully to local residents that live in Kernick Road and the surrounding areas.

The only entry point for spectators is at the main entrance, through the main car park and to the right of the clubhouse. Spectators with pre-purchased tickets and those paying on the day are to use this entrance.

Toilets are situated in the top clubhouse bar.

Getting to Penryn By Car

The Mem is easily accessible by car and the postcode for Sat-Navs and other GPS systems is: TR10 8NT

Travelling from outside of Cornwall, follow the M5 southbound and at junction 31, near Exeter, join the A30 westbound.

Leave the A30 at the Carland Cross roundabout and A39, then the A390 to Truro. On the city ring road, follow signs to Falmouth.

Ignore directions to Penryn and follow signs to Penryn. At the Kernick Road roundabout, turn left and go straight past Asda and B&Q. The ground is then 500 yards further up Kernick Road, on the left.

Getting to Penryn By Rail

Penryn is served by the Maritime Branch line which runs between Falmouth and Truro.

On Sunday’s, trains depart Truro at 50 minutes past each hour, whilst they return at 37 minutes past each hour.

Once train passengers have alighted at Penryn, they should turn right out of the station, walk along Helston Road, then Kernick Road. The walk to the ground is approximately 10 minutes.

Getting to Penryn By Bus, Air

Penryn is serviced by FirstKernow buses with the U1, U2 and U4 routes all passing close to the Memorial Ground.

Spectators should alight at either the railway station or Saracen Way.

Cornwall Airport Newquay is situated on the north coast, approximately 28 miles from the Mem and is served by bus services. A car hire service is also available.

The airport is a destination for inbound flights from Manchester, Birmingham and Newcastle, via our official airline partner Loganair.

Stay a While in Cornwall

Cornwall is blessed with a wide variety of accommodation for visitors from hotels, bed and breakfasts, campsites and caravan parks.

And if supporetrs are staying a while in the Duchy, there is also significant local landmarks that are well worth a visit!

In 2022, the club welcomed the Rugby League World Cup Trophy Tour to Cornwall, visiting Land’s End, Marazion (home of St Michael’s Mount) and the Eden Project.

Closer to Penryn, there is the National Maritime Museum, Pendennis Castle and UNESCO heritage sites for mining.