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Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Hoe

Plymouth Hoe is the natural heart of Plymouth with its stunning views of one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world

The Hoe

Plymouth Hoe is the natural heart of Plymouth with breathtaking views across Plymouth Sound, one of the most perfect natural harbours in the world.

Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. Open to the public year-round, Smeaton's Tower offers a wonderful vantage point from its lantern room. Gaze down at the shoreline and you’ll see the glorious Art Deco Tinside Lido, open to the public for bathing during the summer months.

Sir Francis Drake, intrepid explorer and local hero, is immortalised in a statue on the Hoe, situated just a few metres from the green where he finished his game before heading out to defeat the Spanish Armada in 1588.

At the eastern end of the Hoe you’ll find The Royal Citadel, the most impressive 17th century fortress in Britain and for many years England’s most important defence against attack from the sea. The Citadel has been in constant military occupation since it was built and today it is home to some of Plymouth’s modern heroes – the troops of 29 Commando Royal Artillery. English Heritage offers tours of the Royal Citadel on Tuesdays and Thursdays from May to September.

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  1. The Terrace Cafe

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    The Terrace Cafe

    Location

    The Hoe, Plymouth

    The Terrace Cafe Bar Restaurant is tucked away on the cliff face of the Plymouth Hoe. This is the best place for eating out in Plymouth whilst enjoying it's best view. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as having a fully licensed bar.

  2. The Yard Arm

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    The Yard Arm

    Location

    The Hoe, Plymouth

    The landlord Scott Ledger and his crew welcome you to The Yard Arm, a popular traditional English pub located in the heart of Plymouth's historic Plymouth Hoe. Our bar offers a wide array of chilled Beers, Ciders, Real Ales, Spirits and fine wines.

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    Valentis Cafe and Bar

    Location

    Plymouth Hoe, Plymouth

    Valentis Cafe and Bar located in a suberb location on the top of Plymouth Hoe, with outstanding views accross Plymouth Sound. Seating available inside and outside.

  4. Plymouth Sound, Shores and Cliffs

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    Plymouth Sound, Shores and Cliffs

    Type

    Natural Feature

    Location

    Plymouth

    This magnificent coastal section runs along the eastern side of Plymouth Sound from Andurn Point northwards to Mount Batten Point. As you travel along this route you can experience a varied and impressive geology.

  5. The Waterfront Pub & Eating House

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    The Waterfront Pub & Eating House

    Location

    West Hoe, Plymouth

    Situated on Plymouth Hoe with breathtaking views of Plymouth Sound, Mount Batten and Drake's Island, The Waterfront enjoys some of the most incredible sea views you will ever experience and even boasts it's own small harbour!

  6. El Cafe

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    El Cafe

    Location

    The Hoe, Plymouth

    Situated on the stunning Plymouth Hoe, El Café is a new terraced café boasting beautiful fresh coffee and beverages and a sumptuous menu of easy dining, including freshly made sandwiches, pastries and a fabulous "Specials" menu.

  7. Duttons Cafe Continental

    Duttons Cafe Continental

    Type

    Café

    Location

    The Hoe, Plymouth

    Situated between Plymouth`s Hoe and the Historic Barbican Duttons is an ideal place for a stop along Plymouths Seafront. Whether you are looking for just a coffee, a cream tea, a light lunch or even a three course dinner , Duttons has it all.

  8. Maritimo Tapas & Wine Bar

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    Maritimo Tapas & Wine Bar

    Type

    Restaurant

    Location

    The Hoe, Plymouth

    Maritimo Plymouth Tapas Bar & Restaurant, with spectacular views across Plymouth Sound. Maritimo offers a relaxed and intimate dining experience bringing the true taste of Spain to you. Relaxed Atmosphere & intimate dining.

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    Tinside Lido

    Type

    Leisure/Swimming Pool

    Location

    Plymouth

    Plymouth's iconic waterfront Lido on Plymouth Hoe includes fountains, inflatable fun sessions, views across Plymouth Sound, a sunbathing terrace, lounger, deckchair and wetsuit hire and disabled access.

  10. By The Park Cafe & Deli

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    By The Park Cafe & Deli

    Type

    Café

    Location

    West Hoe, Plymouth

    By The Park Cafe & Deli is a comfy and cosy cafe located in The Hoe, Plymouth. It offers breakfast and lunch throughout the day. It specialises in it's delicious cakes and coffee - as well as their tasty baguettes filled with imaginative flavours.

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