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Day trip to Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth, Devon

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Plymouth Hoe in Plymouth, Devon, provides the outlook for what is enviably one of the most stunning natural harbours in the world, Plymouth Sound.

‘The Hoe’ itself provides a full day out for visitors, with something to offer for all ages.  Take a stroll along the waterfront, where there are a number of cafes, restaurants and ice cream vans.  Responsible dog walkers are very welcome to exercise their four-legged friends here too.  As well as a huge lawned area, great for picnics and taking in the sun and views over the water, there is a wide open tarmac’d area, which is ideal for small children (and big kids alike) to safely ride scooters, bicycles, roller skates, or just to simply run around!

The Hoe provides a backdrop for many of the big City events in Plymouth, including the British Firework Championships in August.

Smeaton’s Tower, Plymouth Hoe

Right at the heart of Plymouth Hoe, stands the iconic Smeaton’s Tower.  The lighthouse is open to the public all year.  At the very top of the tower is the Lantern Room, the vantage point for what is arguably one of the best views in Plymouth.  Looking out to sea from here is truly breathtaking.  You will also see from here many of the historic landmarks for which Plymouth is famous, including the bowling green where Sir Francis Drake finished a game prior to taking on the Spanish Armada in 1588.

Tinside Lido

Plymouth is (quite rightly) very proud of Tinside Lido, a 1935 Art Deco natural sea water open-air swimming pool.  A great way for the family to enjoy the sunshine, the lido boasts fountains, inflatable sessions and a sunbathing terrace with deckchairs and loungers.  Take along a picnic, relax and have fun!  Tinside Lido is open to the public during the summer.

West Hoe Park

West Hoe Park offers lots of fun for the family!  From picnicking on the lawns, to exploring the secret garden, playing crazy golf, trampolining, riding the miniature railway, bouncing on the bouncy castle and playing on the swings, roundabouts and slides in the playground, there’s lots and lots to do here!

The Royal Citadel

For many years, this 17th Century fortress was one of England’s most important defences against an attack from the sea.  Home today to 29 Commando Royal Artillery, tours of the Citadel are organised by English Heritage between May and September.

The Barbican

Finally, we couldn’t possibly mention Plymouth Hoe without recommending a visit to the oldest part of this diverse City, The Barbican.  The Barbican offers an eclectic mix of art, shopping, food and drink, as well as historic stories and places of interest, including the Plymouth Gin Distillery (tours are available here) and the National Marine Aquarium, with one of the deepest tanks in Europe.  The Barbican is a must-visit and we’ll be posting a whole article dedicated entirely to it in the future!