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Address: Royal Citadel Madeira Road | Plymouth, Plymouth PL1 2PD, England
Phone Number:
+44 1752 255629

Built following the English Civil War, this was England's principal...

Built following the English Civil War, this was England's principal fortress featuring outstanding examples of 17th-century baroque architecture. Open for guided tours on Tuesdays at 2:30pm (May

to September).

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Fabulous Views fron the Ramparts

My wife and I took my brother and sister-in-law to view the Royal Citadel. We arranged the tour with Janice Bailey who is a Blue Badge Tour Guide. She is extremely knowledgable... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
Michael F
Princetown, United Kingdom

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Princetown, United Kingdom
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200 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I took my brother and sister-in-law to view the Royal Citadel. We arranged the tour with Janice Bailey who is a Blue Badge Tour Guide. She is extremely knowledgable about the the Citadel and the history of Plymouth and she brought the whole experience of the visit to life. The Royal Citadel is home to 29 Commando... More 

Thank Michael F
Greater London, United Kingdom
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135 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

Well worth a visit to take in all our heritage. Some amazing views. If you can walk around here with a local who knows the local knowledge all the better.

Thank Janet S
United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

You will come across the Royal Citadel as you walk along the Plymouth Hoe. Built in the 1660s as a fortress to defend Plymouth. It is still an active military base. The walls of the Citadel are impressive and has been regularly strengthened and extended over the centuries.

Thank PrestonGuild
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

Massive fortification protecting the city from the sea and approaches. Lots of history. Still and active base but with beautiful lawns stretching high above the city and harbour

Thank EML50
Tavistock, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

Day b4 yesterday we decided to visit the Citadel in Plymouth, an amazing building Built in the time of Charles II, had more guns facing the city than the sea. You can only visit on certain days Tuesday PM Thursday PM or Sunday PM and there are strict rules about movement whilst in the Citadel and the taking of pictures.... More 

Thank Badgersbum
Solihull, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

We visited for the National Firework Championships. The fireworks started at 2130 and we arrived around 1800 hours and found some already taking up strategic vantage points. One of those we noted was the slope leading up to the wall of the Citadel and we decided to try. We found a space at the top of the slope on a... More 

Thank Topkoppite
Planet Zorb
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Escorted on a two hour visit and given the history of this amazing place by a very knowledgeable volunteer! For £5 only too! Great views of Plymouth sound and Smeaton Tower! Cannons galore too!

Thank Startrooper_8
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

Well worth the £4 for English Heritage members (£5 for non members). Tours start from outside the main entrance where you are given an insight into the history of the Citadel. Blue Badge guide takes you on a tour of the ramparts and chapel whilst providing a wealth of information about the citadel and Plymouth itself. Understand this is a... More 

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016 via mobile

Has great fireworks to music every year for bonfire night. Only downside is the amount of people that go and the food place/ rides costs alot.

Thank Ghost4287
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016

A very good tour with historical details of the Royal Citadel and Plymouth Hoe and Sound. A different aspect of looking at Plymouth Hoe and surrounding area. Wonderful on a sunny day! Only open 3 days a week and advisable to book. Tours run by English Heritage.

Thank Ann S

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