Getting here


View showing the location of lighthouse standing above a promenade


Open the Google map to help plan your visit.


Due to its age and layout, we regret that disabled access to Smeaton’s Tower is very limited. For your safety we ask visitors to note that there are 93 steps, steep ladders and low ceilings and small openings. For more details, please see our accessibility guide.


If you’re walking from the city centre, you can easily access the Hoe and Barbican via Armada Way or the seafront. Smeaton’s Tower is also close to the South West Coast Path route which runs along the waterfront.


Use National Route 27 which follows Plymouth’s waterfront between the Barbican and Royal William Yard, where cycle hire is also available at either end.

Smeaton's mapBus

The best bus route for Smeaton’s Tower is Plymouth CityBus No 25, which runs along Southside Street, The Barbican and The Hoe from the city centre. To help plan your journey, visit the traveline website.


The main coach station is approximately a 20 minute walk from Smeaton’s Tower.


Pay and display street is available in the area around the Hoe. Park and Ride services to the city centre are also available.


There is a regular train service to Plymouth from around the region and beyond. Smeaton’s Tower is a 20 minute walk or 10 minute taxi ride from the train station.

Useful links

Here are links you may find useful if you are visiting Smeaton’s Tower and the Hoe:
Bus enquiries and services
Plymouth Hoe and Madeira Road county wildlife site
Walks in and around Plymouth