Smeaton’s TowerPlymouth
Devon PL1 2NZ
 
 
Centre stage on Plymouth Hoe stands a red and white striped 18th century lighthouse. It is not currently warning shipping of a hazard but is a memorial to a remarkable civil engineer, John Smeaton.
 
This lighthouse once stood on the infamous Eddystone Rocks, 13 miles (21 Kms) off Polperro. The reef is a major hazard to shipping on its approach to Plymouth and in 1759 this lighthouse was the Eddystone Light.
 
In 1880 the lighthouse was thought to be in danger of falling down and was removed block by block to its present location. In fact there was no danger of it falling down but its foundations were so strong that the rocks it was standing on were being undermined. Smeaton’s tower is 72 feet (22 metres) high but the foundations and a stump of the original lighthouse still stand beside the current Eddystone Light.
 
John Smeaton devised a unique way of building lighthouses on exposed, wave washed rocks. He used granite blocks with dovetail joints and marble dowels held together with quick drying cement of his own invention. So effective was this method of construction it was to become the standard for lighthouse builders worldwide.
 
Smeaton’s Tower offers fantastic views of Plymouth Sound and the city from its lantern room.
 
Plan Your Visit
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Opening Dates, Times & Admission Costs
Smeaton’s Tower is sometimes used for civil wedding ceremonies and can be closed to visitors. For complete  information go to the Smeaton's Tower link below.
 
Disabled & Other Access
As this is a very old specialised building, disabled access is very limited. Also, the lighthouse contains 93 steps, steep ladders, low ceilings and small openings so may not be suitable for all visitors.
 
Contact & Further Information
Telephone  +41 (0)1752 304 774
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Website  Smeaton's Tower    External Link
 
Getting There:
- By Bus
The best bus route for Smeaton's Tower is Plymouth CityBus Number 25, which runs along Southside Street, The Barbican and The Hoe.
 
- By Car
‘Pay & Display’ parking on The Hoe
 
Google Map - Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth