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Smeaton's Tower

Plymouth Dome Hoe Road, Plymouth PL1 2NZ, England
+44 1752 304774
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A centrepiece on Plymouth's Hoe, Smeaton's Tower is one of the city's most recognisable and well-loved landmarks. The lighthouse was originally built out on the notorious Eddystone Reef in 1759. It was taken down in the early 1880s and approximately two thirds of its structure moved stone by stone to its current resting place. Now standing at 72 feet high, it offers brilliant views of Plymouth Sound and beyond. Visitors can climb to the top courtesy of a series of stairs and some of the original 18th century ladders.
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Plymouth Dome Hoe Road, Plymouth PL1 2NZ, England
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"worth the climb"
in 20 reviews
"lighthouse keepers"
in 11 reviews
"plymouth sound"
in 40 reviews
"mind your head"
in 6 reviews
"plymouth hoe"
in 39 reviews
"historic lighthouse"
in 7 reviews
"nice lighthouse"
in 5 reviews
"great views from the top"
in 8 reviews
"climb the stairs"
in 5 reviews
"light house"
in 15 reviews
"information boards"
in 7 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 22 reviews
"small fee"
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"sunny day"
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"well worth the effort"
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"per adult"
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"lovely view"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yet again it was a wonderful experience to climb to the Lamp room of the old lighthouse. From here the views over Plymouth Sound are really amazing. The climb is very steep so bear this in mind before buying your entry tickets

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went up tower with friends and what a view. You can see for miles and all the main features around. There is a guide at the top who gives you a talk on the towers history which is very good. It cost three pounds but...More

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Joanne C, Public Relations Manager at Smeaton's Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your positive review of Smeaton's Tower. We're glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. Best wishes.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Great landmark on the Plymouth skyline and easy to get too with plenty of outdoor space around and places to get food & drink.

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Joanne C, Public Relations Manager at Smeaton's Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your positive review of Smeaton's Tower. Best wishes.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everyone should go up here, there is a great view from up here. It is a great place to have a picnic in the park.

Thank helbix
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Joanne C, Public Relations Manager at Smeaton's Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your positive review of Smeaton's Tower. Best wishes.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A nice lighthouse, makes for a nice picture, on the Hoe with a lovely view of the sea, other than that not much more than can be said for this attraction.

Thank Jary8
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Joanne C, Public Relations Manager at Smeaton's Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review of Smeaton's Tower. Best wishes.

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Reviewed 19 April 2018

We visited here as a family of 4 adults and 2 grandchildren and loved the building. I sat outside with Granddad whilst the rest of the family including 2 youngsters climbed the tower. They loved the views and enjoyed waving to us from the top...More

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Joanne C, Public Relations Manager at Smeaton's Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your positive review of Smeaton's Tower. We're glad to hear everyone enjoyed their visit. Best wishes.

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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

Long queues to travel up 2 thirds of lighthouse that wasn’t even built here in the first place. I guess if you are a tourist it’s worth the effort but to be honest the views not much better than the fairly high up Hoe anyway.....up...More

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Joanne C, Public Relations Manager at Smeaton's Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your review of Smeaton's Tower. Best wishes.

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Reviewed 15 April 2018 via mobile

The Tower is, in fact, the major part of the third Eddystone Lighthouse which was brought back to land and erected here when the fourth, and current light took over. Whilst I did not go up on this occasion, the views from the top are...More

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Joanne C, Public Relations Manager at Smeaton's Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Many thanks for your positive review of Smeaton's Tower. We hope you decide to climb it next time! Best wishes.

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

Was nice to walk up the tower.Kids enjoyed it to walk up the stairs. Good view from the Tower. Queue was quite long than we arrived.

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Many thanks for your positive review of Smeaton's Tower. Best wishes.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

The weather was fair. The views were lovely. The walk itself was ok but not the most memorable visit. Although we had a good few hours wouldn't feel the urge to visit Plymouth again, too busy with traffic but Smeatons Tower was ok.

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Many thanks for your positive comments about Smeaton's Tower. Best wishes.

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