• Smeaton Tower

    One of the South West's most well-known landmarks

Smeaton's Tower

Lighthouse Plymouth Hoe | Plymouth Lighthouse | Plymouth Towers


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

Smeaton's Tower History

What use is a lighthouse on dry land? Smeaton's Tower once stood about 14 miles out to sea - on a clear day, you can still see the stump on the horizon where it once stood proud against the elements. Just like a tree, the tower bends in the wind. It's hard to imagine what it was like out there in the middle of a raging storm, as it bent to and fro and the waves crashed right over the top. It sounds terrifying, but the tower never snapped, and now it is the model for all lighthouses built on rocks.

Smeaton's Tower Construction

Smeaton's Tower is a memorial to celebrated civil engineer John Smeaton, designer of the third and most notable Eddystone Lighthouse. A major step forward in lighthouse design, Smeaton's structure was in use from 1759 to 187, until erosion of the ledge it was built upon forced new construction. John Smeaton has another claim to fame - he also invented quick-drying cement!

Smeaton's Tower Prices

It is open for visitors, who may climb 93 steps, including steep ladders, to the lantern room and observe Plymouth Sound and the city. You'll be able to soak in the fantastic views of Plymouth Sound and the city and the tower itself, which has been painstakingly restored to its original glory.

Adults - £5
Children 5-17 - £2.50
Concessions - £2.50
Family (2 adults, 3 children) - £12
Additional child - £1

Smeaton's Tower Opening Times

Tuesday to Sunday and Bank Holidays - 10am to 5pm (last entries at 4pm)

Closed from November to March

Further information


Bedrooms at Future Inn Plymouth

Hotel near Smeaton's Tower

Plymouth Hoe, where you'll find Smeaton's Tower,  is a 17-minute drive from Future Inn Plymouth. Parking near Smeaton Tower Plymouth? There's pay-and-display street parking alongside Plymouth Hoe and additional parking in the city centre. Alternatively, it would take around 32 minutes on public transport, with the buses going from outside the hotel, or 26 minutes by bike. Did you know we're a cycle-friendly hotel?   

Future Inn Plymouth is an ideal base for the night. It offers various-sized rooms, including rooms that can sleep up to four adults or a family. In fact, under-12s stay for free. Perks include free car parking, free Wi-Fi, and a complimentary robe and slippers.

Make a Reservation

Book direct for the best rates guaranteed, with rooms from £67 per room per night.

Book your stay online, where we guarantee the best rate, or with our Reservations Team on 01752 701000 or reservations.plymouth@futureinns.co.uk.

Future Inn Rewards

For additional benefits, you can join the Future Inns hotel loyalty program. For every £1 you spend on accommodation, you earn 1 reward point. Plus, get double points when you dine in the restaurant. Points can then be used to upgrade your bedroom to a suite or a free night's stay. You also get a complimentary drink voucher to redeem when you dine in the restaurant (you'll also get double points, too!) and a member's discount rate. It's also completely free to join!

Dishes on the menu in Fishbone Restaurant

Plymouth Restaurant

Fishbone Restaurant is ideal for fueling up before or after the event. The team serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, evening a-la-carte or traditional roasts on Sunday. An early-bird dining menu starts at 4pm and you can indulge on 3 courses for £25

A large selection of drinks is also available, including popular local brands. Our Devon and Cornwall drink selection includes Atlantic IPA, Offshore, Tarquins Gin and Plymouth Gin. An extensive gin and mixer menu and 2 for £15 cocktails.

Bookings can be made on 01752 701000 or fishbone@futureinns.co.uk. Alternatively, you can book online:


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