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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 19 reviews
"lighthouse keepers"
in 11 reviews
"plymouth sound"
in 39 reviews
"scared of heights"
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"plymouth hoe"
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"mind your head"
in 6 reviews
"historic lighthouse"
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"lantern room"
in 5 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
"worth a visit"
in 23 reviews
"information boards"
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"small fee"
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"sunny day"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

great place to visit, the climb is good, though there is a lot of bending which was fun, really does give you the authentic feel. well worth the climb though as the views from the top are amazing.

Thank Elegant W
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Reviewed 1 week ago

You cannot miss Smeatons Tower overlooking Plymouth Sound. Formerly the Eddystone Lighthouse it was rebuilt here in Plymouth and is a striking landmark, painted as it is in red and white hoops. It is possible to ascend the tower inexpensively.

Thank Barry S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well worth a visit. Good example of Victorian engineering. Very friendly guides, great views of Plymouth. Signposted to other Plymouth attractions including the temporary exhibition, Dingles top floor.

Thank Janner31
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great view from the top, with lots of "museum" artefacts on the way up. The kids loved it and enjoyed the climb up, sometimes steps, other times ladders.

Thank davidandbarbara103
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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

The man who was there was really friendly and told us about the lighthouse. We went all the way to the top and went out side, view is amazing on sunny day.

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Reviewed 4 January 2018

Went past this Tower last week, the closest I have been since climbing to the top as a child when visiting Plymouth with my late Grandmother. Bought back many special memories. Great views over Plymouth City and The Sound. One of the great iconic buildings...More

1  Thank Tom A
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Reviewed 15 December 2017

A really nice lighthouse painted red and white and situated on Plymouth Hoe. The lighthouse apparently was originally located out on the Eddystone Reef two hundred and fifty years ago and then removed and rebuilt on Plymouth Hoe after the reef became unstable. You can...More

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Reviewed 21 November 2017

Only on climbing inside this previous Eddystone lighthouse did I discover that the OLD penny piece (240 to the £) was depicted on the lower left hand side. The views fantastic , Access inside a bit cramped and not easy if not very mobile as...More

1  Thank alanw258
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

I have been up Smeaton's tower before and it does have quite a few steps but certainly worth it for the view. Even if you don't go inside it still stands resplendent on Plymouth Hoe

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Joanne C, Public Relations Manager at Smeaton's Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thanks so much for your positive review of Smeaton's Tower. Best wishes.

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Reviewed 9 November 2017 via mobile

One of the places we visited on our trip from Dartmouth to the area. Helped by the fine weather . We were watching the preparations for remembrance day

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Joanne C, Public Relations Manager at Smeaton's Tower, responded to this reviewResponded 13 November 2017

Thanks so much for your positive review of Smeaton's Tower. We're glad you enjoyed your visit. Best wishes.

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