Plymouth
Plymouth Hoe
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The Hoe is a large south facing open public space on top of the low limestone cliffs facing Plymouth Sound and Drake’s Island. It is the focus of many famous Plymouth landmarks and supposed to be the site where Sir Francis Drake was playing bowls before sailing off to do battle with the Spanish Armada.
 
The name ‘Hoe’ refers to the shape of the land and comes from the Anglo-Saxon word Hoe meaning a sloping ridge shaped like and inverted foot and heel. There is always plenty to see from the Hoe, whether it is the UK Fireworks Championship or the finish of the Fastnet Yacht Race. Plymouth Sound is busy with international ferries, trawlers, yachts and even warships.
 
At the eastern end of the Hoe is the 17th century Royal Citadel built by King Charles II to protect the port and keep an eye on the local citizens. In the centre of the Hoe is an 18th century red and white striped lighthouse, Smeaton's Tower. At the foot of the cliff is Tinside pool, an unusual 1930s Art Deco Lido.
 
Sir Francis Drake
Along the northern side of the Hoe is a statue of Sir Francis Drake and numerous war memorials – see Plymouth Hoe War Memorials in this website.
 
Drake’s statue is a copy of the one erected in his home town of Tavistock. Drake is standing with his hand resting on an enormous globe. He started his circumnavigation of the world in 1577 from Drake’s Island in the Sound.
 
The National Armada Memorial commemorates the defeat of the Spanish Armada in 1588.
 
There are ten war memorials on The Hoe, the largest of which commemorates the Royal Naval dead of two World Wars.
 
Plan Your Visit 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Lastminute.com here:    External Link
 
 
Disabled Access
There is a Disabled Parking area on the tarmac promenade. However, this space is sometimes used for spectacular displays by the Plymouth based Royal Navy, Royal Marines, the Army garrison, open-air concerts and funfairs.
 
Public Transport
By Plymouth Citybus Route 25 to Plymouth Hoe Web: Plymouth CityBus/ Routes & Timetables    External Link
 
Google Map - Plymouth Hoe