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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

August 2021

The Hatchling – an unforgettable world premiere

August 14 @ 10:00 am - August 15 @ 9:00 pm

A spectacular dragon will hatch in Plymouth City Centre this summer, and grow to the size of a double-decker bus. Where will her journey take her? Will she find herself a new home? And ultimately, will she FLY? The Hatchling is a ground-breaking outdoor theatrical performance that will unfold over a weekend of events and reach an extraordinary finale over the coast of Plymouth. Our beautiful visitor will hatch in the city, build herself a nest and then attempt to…

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British Fireworks Championships

August 18 @ 7:00 pm - August 19 @ 10:30 pm

The British Firework Championships will be back in August after a one-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The event is hosted by Plymouth City Council and The Event Services Association (TESA) each summer and typically sees a crowd of around 100,000 people descend on Plymouth Hoe to marvel at the incredible fireworks and pyrotechnics. The British Firework Championships, held annually in Plymouth, Britain’s Ocean City, will return on Wednesday 18 and Thursday 19 August 2021. The spectacular pyrotechnics competition, hosted by Plymouth…

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