In use from 1759 to 1877, it was largely dismantled and rebuilt on Plymouth Hoe in Plymouth, Devon, where it now stands as a memorial to its designer, John Smeaton, a celebrated civil engineer.
…for fantastic views of Plymouth Sound and the city!
Hire Tall Stories, a family-friendly audio story and hear about life in the lighthouse.
A centrepiece on Plymouth’s Hoe, Smeaton’s Tower has become one of the South West’s most well-known landmarks.
Whether you’re out for a stroll or planning a visit to the city, it’s a ‘must-see’ in Plymouth and is accredited as a VisitEngland Quality Assured Visitor Attraction.
The lighthouse was originally built on the Eddystone reef in 1759 at a cost of £40,000, but was taken down in the early 1880s when it was discovered that the sea was undermining the rock it was standing on.
Smeaton’s Tower (or Smeaton’s Light) was the third of four famous lighthouses have been built to mark the dangerous Eddystone Reef, 14 miles south west of Plymouth.
The Lantern Room and the Entrance Way at Smeaton's Tower are licensed for civil ceremonies and partnerships, commitment ceremonies, re-affirmation of vows and naming ceremonies.
Smeaton’s Tower opening times and prices
How to get to Smeaton's Tower