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Plymouth Hoe is Plymouth's most prized asset, more so than Francis Drake, The Mayflower, Pilgrim Fathers or it's historic Barbican area. In fact, so much so, that the local authority's plan is to open the whole area up from it's railway station right the way down to the seafront.
It is an extremely pleasing site, and is home to Smeaton's Tower, a lighthouse that was replaced and then rebuilt on grassland at the heart of the Hoe. There is a large area given over to war memorials which reflect Plymouth's historic naval/marine presence.
It is the perfect place to look out to sea watching ferrys and naval vessels. It is also the perfect place to watch many events including the National Firework competitions, speedboats and bonfire night.
Once a year it is also home to the start of the Lord Mayors parade.
Cut backs like everything else have hit the area with the Plymouth Dome being one of these. This was a fantastic opportunity for visitors to relive Plymouth's past and to set them on a voyage of discovery.
For any visitor visiting Plymouth it is the one area you really must visit.
As an extra additive, for those who are brave there is a lido which is filled by sea water right next to the Hoe that opens during the Summer months.
I am not originally from Plymouth, but this is one area that I have always enjoyed and I hope you do too. I may work for the local council, but I certainly don't work for its tourism industry!
As a student in plymouth i spend a lot of time down at the hoe, especially in the summer months as its one of the nicest places to go in plymouth.
From the hoe you can see views of drake's island and all the way to mount edgecombe in cornwall, a very picturesque place. One of the land marks at the hoe is smeatons tower (a lighthouse) situated right in the middle of it where people can walk right up to it, this is very popular with tourists. There is also the tineside pool, an outdoor lido, which has been recently refurbished while is a sun catcher and a lovely way to spend your day.
While at the hoe you can see a lot of different people, familys walking, people eating ice cream and of course students playing frisbee, but there is always activities going on down there. It holds the annual fireworks display, runs days such as armed forces and hold the fair. You can also make your way down to the edge of the water on the rocks where you can see a lot of people having a bbq. Even in the winter months and missrible days is attracts people. This is a centre of activity for the area.
Having lived most of my life in Plymouth, I felt that it was only right and normal, to review and discuss the delights of Plymouth Hoe.
So what is Plymouth Hoe?
Well, Plymouth Hoe is a massive open public space that covers a large area of the seafront of Plymouth. Closeby is the cliffs of limestone that span along the harbour and sea around Plymouth. The views are just amazing, both on sunny days and not so sunny days, although on sunnier days it is ALOT more busier. Whether it is a walk along the seafront or a visit to Smeaton's Tower, Plymouth Hoe is a landmark and one not to be missed!
Plymouth Hoe's main attraction, that it is most famous for, is Smeaton's Tower lighthouse. The lighthouse is so famous there was a famous photograph taken with the Beatles in the background sitting by it! The Tower has recently completed a long period of restoration, and it is now back to it's former glory in it's entirity. The Tower is distinctive with red and white stripes, a small metal door marks the entrance, not particularly good if you are very very tall. Members of the public can visit here and venture right to the top of the tower, where spectacular breath taking views can be seen. What interested me most, was when I was ascending up the stairs, you would now and again briefly see little rooms off the stairwell, these were rooms which the lighthouse keeper(s) used to stay in, and you get the real feeling that you are part of that era. Once at the very top, you are close enough to touch the lantern and walking around the tower, as said before, is just breath taking! The price of the tower last time I went was a couple of pounds, but well worth the money!
Royal Citadel - this is another key attraction close to Plymouth Hoe, it is a World re-nowned Marine Biological Laboratory. The Citadel is home to many members of the Army and reguarly hosts events, such as the Music of the Night ceremonies that are held in July/August, which are again, well worth it if you are around at that time, but you may need to book quickly as they soon get sold out!
Tinside Pool - just below Plymouth Hoe is the restored 1930s original outside lido pool. It is large and separated by the sea by just one wall. The water is natural sea water, so even in the summer this can be quite cool! The whole feeling of being in a naturally restored 1930s pool which has this art deco feel, is really nice. The pool is only open in the summer, and prices are reasonable, around £5 for the whole day.
War Memories - on the other side of Smeaton's Tower lighthouse there are War Memories from the two World Wars. It is free to walk around, and you can feel really humble and content with life as you walk around this, it makes you feel really proud and glad to be alive. The main memorial by Robert Lorimer has been there since 1924, whereas the garden that is sunken around it was added later by Edward Maufe in 1954.
Overall view of Plymouth Hoe -
One of those places that is so well signposted in Plymouth, you cannot visit Plymouth without visiting here. The breath taking views out over Plymouth Sound and into Cornwall will just delight you, and although it sounds a little odd, you feel very free here. The spacious surroundings help this I think. The cliffs that surround the Hoe often play host to tombstonning young teenagers in the Summer (jumping off the cliffs into the sea), yet it is definitely something I wouldnt recommend trying! Overall the place is magical, steeped in history, breath taking and simply unmissable. Having lived here almost twenty three years, I come here every week, sometimes to escape from pressures of work etc, but sometimes just to have an ice cream!
Come here if....you like history, fresh air, ice creams, nice walks along the sea with spectacular views!
Don't come here if....you don't like any of the above
A large south facing open public space in the English coastal city of Plymouth.