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Smeaton's Tower

The Hoe, Plymouth PL1 2PA, England
44 1752 600608
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Ranked #16 of 118 attractions in Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses
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Huddersfield, United Kingdom
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115 reviews 115 reviews
44 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

It was great to see inside the tower, really interesting how the keeper would have lived there. They even had a table that was part of the original furniture. It was really interesting to see how they would have slept in the little cabin beds. Quiet often with these sort of attractions H&S have gone mad, but there was still... More

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Yellowknife, Canada
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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Disinterested staff (youth) greet (or fail to) at reception. Pay your money and commence the long hike up to the top. On the way a number of recreations explaining what the life of an lighthouse keeper would have been like (I was surprised at how small people were then) The view from the top is stunning. I am not usually... More

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Interesting - something a bit different - price is reasonable - great photos from the top of Plymouth and the sea. Good museum. Would imagine it would be pretty crowded on a sunny day but the building is only so big, nothing can be done about this. A must for all first time visitors to Plymouth, as long as they... More

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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

£2.60 gets you in. The attendant near the top will fill you in on the history of the lighthouse. Tight access near the top and steep ladder-like stairs for the last few flights. A fantastic 360 degree view from the Hoe awaits.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I'd taken lots of pictures of Smeaton's Tower or 'The Lighthouse' over my stay and decided I wanted to go up it. I was a little surprised there was a £2 entry fee to climb up the steps to look out. Essentially you're just paying to look through a window, I know the money must go towards keeping the tower... More

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Hull, East Yorkshire
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8 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

The tower is situation close to the sea with spectacular views and very impressive. It is situated on The Hoe and there is lots more to see in the area.

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Bath, UK
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

My 5 year old son and my husband whizzed up the 93 steps no problem, although being 6ft my husband had to duck quite a bit in some places. Good views from the top and my son got a sticker to add to his holiday scrapbook.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2014

I never get tired of visiting Smeaton's Tower and my daughter always asks to go in whenever the light house is opne. On the last occasion, she chose Smeaton's Tower instead of the fairground rides on the Hoe! Plenty of historical information, beautiful views whether on a sunny or story day! Good for exercise and excellent value.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
6 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

What a wonderful experience. How many cities can you visit a real lighthouse. The climb is well worth the effort. Such wonderful views over the city and Plymouth sound from the top.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2014

I had a great first to Devon and Plymouth. It was quite a fine day. We decided to go up the lighthouse. Heights and dark staircases don't worry me but we were there when a group of teen tourists (French, i think) were visiting and they made it uncomfortable and too crowded. A lady in her 50s I think slipped... More

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