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Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Hoe is the natural heart of Plymouth with breathtaking views across Plymouth Sound, one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world.

Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. Open to the public year-round, Smeaton’s Tower offers a wonderful vantage point from its lantern room. Gaze down at the shoreline and you’ll see the glorious Art Deco Tinside Lido, open to the public for bathing during the summer months.

Sir Francis Drake, intrepid explorer and local hero, is immortalised in a statue on the Hoe, situated just a few metres from the green where he finished his game before heading out to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588.

At the eastern end of the Hoe you’ll find The Royal Citadel, the most impressive 17th century fortress in Britain and for many years England’s most important defence against attack from the sea. The Citadel has been in constant military occupation since it was built and today it is home to some of Plymouth’s modern heroes – the troops of 29 Commando Royal Artillery. English Heritage offers tours of the Royal Citadel on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May to September.

Upcoming Events

May 2019

Pirates Weekend Plymouth

May 11 @ 10:00 am - May 12 @ 5:00 pm

Pirates Weekend Plymouth will take place on May 11th and 12th on Plymouth Waterfront 10 am- 5 pm Head to the waterfront for a swashbuckling day of fun on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 May 2019. This award-winning family event returns to Plymouth’s waterfront and promises to give you a great adventure-filled day out. More information coming soon.

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June 2019

Plymouth Armed Forces Day

June 29 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 pm

Plymouth Armed Forces Day will take place on June 29th from 9 am to 11 pm Plymouth’s spectacular Armed Forces Day will be returning on Saturday 29 June. The aim of the event from the MOD; is to raise awareness of and support for our Armed Forces community and celebrate the outstanding contribution it makes to our country. A spectacular and exciting day of entertainment and activities for the whole family to enjoy. More information coming soon.

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