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Smeaton's Tower

The Hoe, Plymouth PL1 2PA, England
44 1752 600608
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Ranked #14 of 118 attractions in Plymouth
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Lighthouses
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Sheffield, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Worcester, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

Steps are narrow so you can't pass except at the floor levels. However only the lower section is spiral - it becomes ships ladders further up with full handrails. Great view - if it isn't raining - and it assumes visitors will take care for themselves without the organisers being over-protective, as a pleasant change. Not a huge climb or... More

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Top Contributor
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44 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

I have lived in Plymouth for many years but never went up smeatons tower before. I am not to scared of heights but it is a little scarey when you are at the top. The views are fantastic and the building itself is the centrepiece of the hoe. An amazing engineering feat that Plymouth should be proud of.

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St Austell, United Kingdom
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38 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

The views from the top of this lighthouse, formerly located on the Eddystone Rocks< is really great over Plymouth sound. The steps are very steep and so not suitable for anyone with mobility problems.

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