The Hoe is an obvious focal point for the city, with its spectacular backdrop of Plymouth Sound, one of the world's great natural harbours and a registered historic park (Grade II). No doubt you'll know it for Sir Francis Drake's legendary game of bowls before leaving to defeat the Spanish Armada.
With a large grassed area, sensory garden, memorials, sports activities, a range of cafes and a wide promenade there's always something to see and do. The Hoe's superb sites include the Royal Citadel and Smeaton's Tower lighthouse - rebuilt from its original base 14 miles out to sea, and the four and a half million ton granite and limestone breakwater.
Down below the Hoe Road you can enjoy the walkways and undercover sitting areas all the way down to the sea, where you can swim, fish or search for marine life on the pebble beach. We're also very proud of Tinside Lido, a restored 1935 art deco lido - a wonderful natural sea water pool open from April to September.
The Hoe acts as a venue for some great free music festivals and as a platform for the incredible British Firework Championships. We also host a range of Marine Festivals, including the annual Blue Mile to celebrate our blue environment - take part any way you want: swim or surf, kayak, stand up paddle, walk or run a mile!
Plymouth Hoe is open 24 hours and is free to use.
Access and Seating
Plymouth Hoe is accessible to all with wide tarmac paths throughout the park as well as long the seafront. All paths are suitbale to wheelchairs and prams with plently of seating throughout the park and along the seafront.
There are a variety of cafés, restaurants and ice cream vans in and around Plymouth Hoe, all serving a vareity of food and drink for all occasions.
Public toilets including a disabled toilet are located next to Valenti's café on Hoe Road.
Travel and directions
Less than half a mile from the city centre.
Accessible using public transport with bus stops from the city centre, Royal Parade and the Barbican, stopping on Hoe Road.
Disabled car parking available on the Hoe promenade.
Short term fee paying street car parking available on adjacent streets.
One mile from Plymouth Railway Station.