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Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery
Plymouth City Council
Plymouth PL1 2AA
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01752 304774
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Smeaton's Tower visitor information

Opening dates and times

Until Sunday 4 October 2015*

  • 10am to 5pm Monday to Friday
  • 10am to 6pm Saturday and Sunday
  • Last entries 30 minutes before closing

MTV Crashes 2015: Due to this year's MTV Crashes Smeaton's Tower will be closed on Thursday 23 July 2015. From Friday 24 to Sunday 26 July visitors will need to approach the lighthouse from the Dome steps in order to get in. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Civil Ceremonies: Smeaton's Tower will be closed from 12pm to 3pm on Friday 14 August 2015 for a civil ceremony. It may be closed on other days of the year for civil ceremonies too and new dates are added as they are confirmed. If you have any queries please contact us.

Tuesday 6 October to Saturday 28 November 2015
Tuesday 6 February to Saturday 26 March 2016

  • 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday
  • Closed Sunday and Monday
  • Last entries 30 minutes before closing

Saturday 5, 12 and 19 December 2015
Saturday 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30 January 2016

  • 10am to 4pm - Saturdays only
  • Last entries 30 minutes before closing

Admission charges

Joint ticket offer: Purchase any type of ticket of admission to Smeaton’s Tower and get 50% off any type of ticket of admission to the Elizabethan House and/or the Merchant’s House. Please present your Smeaton's Tower receipt when visiting the houses to receive the discount. Offer excludes group bookings.

Ticket type Price
Adult £2.80
Child (aged 3 to 16) £1.50
Child (aged under 3) Free
Seniors / Students (over 60) £1.80
Family ticket (up to 2 adults and 3 children) £8.50
Group - adults (5 or more) £2.50 per person
Group - seniors (5 or more - aged over 60) £1.50 per person
CHILDRENS GROUPS: All UK School groups, foreign and higher education groups. PLUS non-school groups from England, Scouts, Cubs etc. Under 3s and accompanying adults go free. Maximum group no: 35 children + accompanying adults.
£1 per person
Tourist Information staff, Blue Badge guides, Museums Association, Friends, members of the South West Federation of Museums and Art Galleries Free

Preferred payment is by cash or cheque, payable at time of visit (cheques made payable to Plymouth City Council or Plymouth City Museum). Invoice only as a last resort.

Group and school visits

For all enquiries relating to group and school visits, please contact Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery.


Due to its age and layout, we regret that disabled access to Smeaton's Tower is very limited.

For your safety we ask visitors to note that the lighthouse contains 93 steps, steep ladders, low ceilings and small openings.

Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

We regret that food and drink are not allowed inside the lighthouse.

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