Queen Of The South

Palmerston Park

Capacity: 8,690 (3,377 seated)
Address: Dumfries, DG2 9BA
Telephone: 01387 254 853
Fax: 01387 240 470
Pitch Size: 112 x 73 yards
Club Nickname: Doonhamers
Year Ground Opened: 1919*

East Stand
East Stand
Main Stand & Portland Drive Terrace
Main Stand & Portland Drive Terrace
Main Stand
Main Stand
Portland Drive Terrace
Portland Drive Terrace
East Stand & Portland Drive Terrace
East Stand & Portland Drive Terrace
Main Stand & Terregles End
Main Stand & Terregles End

Palmerston Park is a great looking traditional ground, with a nice blend of new and old stands. On one side of the ground is the relatively new Rosefield Salvage (East) Stand. This smart looking, all seated single tier stand, is covered and runs the full length of the pitch. It has a capacity of 2,192 seats. Opposite is the Gates Power Grandstand, a classic looking covered seated stand, that has a raised seated area. It only runs for around half the length of the pitch, straddling the half way line. There are small portions of terracing at the front of the stand and at either side.

At one end is the Portland Drive Terrace. This is a fair sized terrace, that is partly covered (to the rear). The roof has a gable perched upon it, which features a traditional looking clock. This terrace is now the largest remaining terrace at a football ground in Scotland. The stadium has benefited recently with the re-opening of the Terregles Street End. This open terrace had been closed for some years, but after some repairs and safety work, it is now in use once again, boosting the overall capacity of the ground by almost 2,000. Palmerston Park also has a striking set of floodlights.

Martin Buchan informs me; 'The club have drawn up plans to bring the ground up to the 6,000 capacity needed for SPL football. This would involve the building of a new stand at the Terregles End of the ground, which would be similar in design to the existing East Stand. The Portland Drive Terrace would also be made all seated. In addition the pitch would be extended to comply with the current rules for European matches'.

Away fans are located in the relatively new Rosefield Salvage Stand, which is shared with home supporters. Around half this stand is allocated, which is around 1,100 seats. If demand requires it, then the Terregles Street open terrace can also be allocated, taking the total allocation to around 3,000. The facilities in the Rosefield Salvage Stand and view of the action are pretty good and even a small amount of away supporters can really generate some noise from it. Plus unlike the Terregles Street End it has cover.

R Shields a visiting Clyde supporter informs me; 'This is perhaps one of the best, if not the best day out in the first division. A hospitable ground, good facilities, placed in a town that is enjoyable to visit. Queens are good competition, and if I had to single out a favourite away game, then this would be it!' Whilst Philip Addison a visiting Darlington supporter adds; 'The ground was a mixture of a new stand, an updated old stand and old terraces. It felt like a throwback to watching football in years gone by. The atmosphere was lively, especially at times when a bagpipe player was blowing'.

Please note that cash is not accepted at the turnstiles. Away fans can purchase tickets at the ticket office located behind the Rosefield Salvage Stand.

There is a bar at the ground, at the rear of the West Stand. This is called the Palmerston Lounge Bar and away fans are welcome. The nearest bar, is the Spread Eagle Inn, which is about a five minute walk away. Around the corner from this bar, are a number of others including the Devorgilla Lounge Bar and the Globe Inn. The latter apparently was a favourite haunt of poet Robert Burns. Otherwise Dumfries town centre is around a 10-15 minute walk away. There are a number of pubs to be found including a Wetherspoons Outlet called 'Robert The Bruce' on Buccleuch Street. Also on the same street is the Cavens Arms. Whilst on Whitesands there is the Coach & Horses and the New Bazaar. All these four town centre pubs are listed in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.

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Approaching Dumfries from the North or East you will reach the A75 Dumfries by pass. Follow signs for Kilmarnock/Stranraer and when you reach the roundabout, that is the junction with the A76 (Glasgow Street) turn left towards Dumfries, Go over a couple of roundabouts and when you a reach a T junction (where you can see the Spread Eagle Inn), with a set of traffic lights, turn right at the lights onto the A780. A short way down this road turn right into Terregles Street for the ground. There is a fair amount of parking at the 'Ice Bowl' behind the Galloway News (East Stand), otherwise there is some street parking available.

Dumfries Railway Station is served by trains from Glasgow and Carlisle. The ground is just over a mile away from the ground and should take about 15-20 minutes to walk. When you arrive by train you will see an imposing hotel right in front of you and behind it is a street called Lovers Walk. Turn right along Lovers Walk until you reach Academy Street. Continue along Academy Street bearing right past Burns Statue on to Buccleuch Street. Continue until you pass over Buccleuch Street Bridge then on to Galloway Street. Continue then turn right on to Terregles Street and about 200 yards further on is Palmerston Park.

Thanks to Eric Fisher, for providing the directions.

Remember if travelling by train then you can normally save on the cost of fares by booking in advance.

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All areas of Palmerston Park:
Adults £16
Concessions £9
Under 16's £5

Concessions apply to OAP's & Students. In addition disabled supporters and one accompanying carer are admitted free.

Official Programme £2.50

Queen Of The South FC fixture list (takes you to the BBC Sports Website).

Stranraer, Annan Athletic and Ayr United.

Record Attendance
26,552 v Hearts, Scottish Cup 3rd Round, February 23rd, 1952. 

Average Attendance
2015-2016: 2,115 (Championship League)
2014-2015: 2,778 (Championship League)
2013-2014: 1,724 (Championship League)

If anything is incorrect or you have something to add, then please e-mail me at: duncan@footballgrounds.net and I'll update the guide.

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* The ground has been home to the Club since 1919 and although developed by the Club, football had been played on the land since the 1870's.

Updated 20th July 2016

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