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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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01752 304775


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Smeaton's Tower

Smeaton's Tower

Opening dates and times

Until Saturday 28 March 2015

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

Tuesday 31 March to Sunday 4 October 2015

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

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

Smeaton's Tower will be closed from 12.30pm to 4pm on Friday 22 May 2015, and closed until 1pm on Saturday 23 May 2015, due to civil ceremonies. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused.

Due to large-scale events such as Armed Forces Day and MTV Crashes taking place on the Hoe this summer there may be certain dates in June, July and August when access to the lighthouse is limited. Please keep checking this page for updates or call 01752 304774 if you any queries.

Smeaton's Tower may be closed on other days of the year for civil ceremonies. New dates are added as they are confirmed. If you have any queries please contact us on the above number.

A famous Plymouth landmark

A centrepiece on Plymouth's Hoe, Smeaton's Tower has become one of the South West's most well known landmarks.

The lighthouse was originally built on the Eddystone reef in 1759 at a cost of £40,000, but was taken down in the early 1880s when it was discovered that the sea was undermining the rock it was standing on.

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

Now standing at 72 foot high, Smeaton's Tower offers fantastic views of Plymouth Sound and the city from its lantern room which, along with the rest of the building, has been painstakingly restored to its original glory.

The lighthouse is open to the public all year round (with the exception of Christmas and Good Friday). For details of current opening times, admission prices and access information see our visitor information page. For images visit our flickr site.

For a further insight into the history of the Tower and the other Eddystone lighthouses both past and present visit our Eddystone lighthouses pages.

For information about transport links visit our travel information page.

If you're considering getting married in an unusual venue, why not visit our Smeaton's Tower civil ceremonies page?

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