Local Visit


The centrepiece of Plymouth Hoe, Smeaton's Tower was originally built on the Eddystone reef in 1759 at a cost of £40,000. It was taken down in the early 1880s when it was discovered that the sea was eroding the rock it was standing on.

Approximately two thirds of the structure was moved - stone by stone - to its current resting place on Plymouth Hoe.

Now standing at 72 foot high, Smeaton's Tower offers striking, elevated views of Plymouth Sound and the city from its lantern room. This room, along with the rest of the lighthouse, has been carefully restored to its original glory.



The Royal Citadel was built on the site of an earlier fortification in the 17th century and remained the most important coastal defense in England for more than 100 years. The structure encompasses the site of an earlier fort built in the time of Sir Francis Drake. It's still used by the military, so be sure to check tour availability for the attraction (entry is via guided tours only, which must be booked in advance of your visit).

A highlight of a visit is the Royal Chapel of St. Katherine-upon-the-Hoe, originally licensed for services in 1371 but rebuilt over the centuries. A road runs around the citadel, affording excellent views.

Address: Lambhay Hill, Plymouth, Devon
Official site: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/royal-citadel-plymouth/


The Mayflower Museum and Steps

While a big draw for tourists from the United States, the Mayflower Museum is also well worth a visit for those with an interest in Britain's rich naval history. Located in the Barbican area and focusing on the remarkable journey made by America's founding fathers aboard the Mayflower, this first-rate museum commemorates Plymouth's important part in the epic journey undertaken by the Pilgrims to the New World.

Highlights include the chance to try out period costumes, numerous fun interactive games, along with a scale model of the famous ship. Afterwards, be sure to snap a photo of the Mayflower Steps, a historic gateway built in memory of the Pilgrim Fathers.



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