Plymouth Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth, South Devon

Plymouth Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth, South Devon

Iconic Plymouth landmark

This iconic landmark building on Plymouth Hoe was designed by John Smeaton.

You can climb to the top of the tower and enjoy awesome views of Plymouth, Plymouth Sound, South Devon and East Cornwall.

‘This Lighthouse was built between 1756 and 1759 on the Eddystone Reef, some 22 kilometres (14 miles) off the coast of Plymouth. Its design and construction were considered great achievements of the age, and the Lighthouse stood marking these dangerous rocks for 123 years. Smeaton’s Tower was replaced by the present Eddystone Lighthouse in 1882. There were plans to blow-up the old lighthouse, but instead Smeaton’s famous building was saved. It was taken down and re-erected here on Plymouth Hoe, leaving only the stonework of the ‘stump’ standing out at sea. On the Hoe the Victorians built a new ‘stump’ with a door at ground level. This contained a new staircase which allowed visitors climb-up [sic] inside the Tower to the original sea door and low entrance passage. It was from this level that the rest of Smeaton’s Tower was rebuilt by stone.’ (Information board inside Smeaton’s Tower)

 

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