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Barbican, Plymouth PL1 2PA, England
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All reviews war memorial sir francis drake smeatons tower drakes island sea front open space spanish armada sunny day light house fantastic views watch the world eddystone lighthouse ice cream vans steeped in history lovely walk city centre lovely place
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Reviewed today

A wonderful place full of history and great views. A must see if you're visiting Plymouth! Full of great eating places too.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lgil8880
Reviewed today

Iconic place to visit and see Drake's bowling green and his statue. Also Smeaton's lighthouse and the naval memorial. Next to the citadel too. Great views out over Plymouth Sound and over Plymouth itself. Well worth a walk up to it along the sea front.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Pinklady9
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So nice to explore without masses of people. It was very cold but quiet. Enjoyed the panoramic views from the Hoe. The lido was full of dirty water but will be cleaned up for the season. We didn't go up the lighthouse.save that for a...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank janrenee w
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On a sunny day, there is no place better. Beautiful sea views, ships, boat trips, historic monuments and buildings, lighthouse, citadel, picnic area, cafes, ice cream vans, kids play area, lots of parking, the sea for free swimming or a lovely lido ...... what’s not...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 969josw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

How lucky I am to live here. What a unique waterfront. Nothing quite like watching the sunset from the hoe. Or walking in the sunshine here. Beautiful views all year round.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 10ruthieg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Walked around the Hoe today. Plenty to see and do. Then to the Barbican for a coffee the dog enjoyed running on the parade ground and the grass surrounding.sea was so calm today.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GrahamJoy
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The views from Plymouth Hoe are amazing. The story goes that Sir Francis Drake (his statue stands here) was playing bowls. He was told the Spanish ships were approaching the Hoe. Drake answers I see no chips, he needs to go to spec savers. Carried...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank A3303XQpaulh
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A site well worth visiting. Steeped in history it presents one of the best views in Plymouth. The Sound buzzes with marine activity plus there are many cliff side cafes where one can view all that goes on. Five minutes away is the Barbican dockside;...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ben H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love Smeaton's tower and Drake's memorial ... lot of history. It's a wonderful place to take the family.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Ihab S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Some great views of the Sound, the impressive statues and Smeaton lighthouse, Sir Francis Drake, War Memorials and the Citadel.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Jo C
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August 3, 2018|
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Response from madimoomoo | Reviewed this property |
I would advise to stay away from the Hoe! They have fairground rides etc. You can view the fireworks from mountbatton, devils point or jennycliff. Wherever you choose to go, get there early, it gets very busy x
February 15, 2018|
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February 5, 2018|
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Response from jollyrobert | Reviewed this property |
What a lovely thing to do, and yes the Hoe is well lighted and very safe for cycling as there are various traffic calming measures preventing the lunatics from spoiling your time there. Enjoy!