Smeaton's Tower

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

The lighthouse is closed over the winter for repainting as part of Plymouth's preparations for the Mayflower 400 commemorative year. It will re-open in spring 2020, and an official re-opening date will be confirmed soon!

Smeaton's Tower 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 upon which it was standing. 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, the lighthouse 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.

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