Tag Archives : smeaton’s tower


Mother of all lighthouses to get a makeover for Mayflower 400

Plymouth’s iconic Smeaton’s Tower is to get a new coat of paint as part of a massive work programme to get the city Mayflower ready. The lighthouse on the Hoe is to get a makeover later this year to make sure the landmark looks its best for Plymouth’s seminal commemoration year 2020 – which marks […]


Smeaton’s Tower goes Purple for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month

We will be lighting up Smeaton’s Tower twice next month to show our support for the ‘Purple Lights’ Campaign, raising awareness for Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. For the last few years, landmarks such as the Blackpool Tower and Edinburgh Castle have been lit up purple to raise awareness of pancreatic cancer. This year, we’re joining […]


New family events at Smeaton’s Tower

Our arts and heritage service has launched a brand new series of family-friendly events at Smeaton’s Tower. ‘Smeaton’s Tower Rocks’ will take place on Sunday 12 June, with a chance to paint lighthouse scenes on pebbles collected from the local foreshore. Visitors will be able to paint ‘Sunny Seaside Scenes’ on Sunday 17 July and make […]


Plymouth shows its support for the Paris terror victims

Plymouth is showing its support to the people of Paris after Friday night’s terrorist attacks. The French Tricolore flag is being displayed on the Big Screen and outside Guildhall, and this evening Smeaton’s Tower and Mount Batten Tower will be lit red, white and blue, joining with other cities across the world who have done […]


Plans to light up Charles Church have now been submitted

A planning application for listed building consent to install LED lighting in and around one of Plymouth’s most historic monuments has now been submitted. Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Finance and Assets said: “Just a week after the plans for Smeaton’s Tower we now have the detailed plans for Charles Church and I’m really pleased […]


Historic 130 year old key to Smeaton’s Tower handed over

    The great-great-grandson of a former Mayor of Plymouth has handed the 130 year old key to Smeaton’s Tower over to Plymouth City Council’s current Lord Mayor Councillor Mike Fox. The key, which dates back to 1884 and was used for the opening of Smeaton’s Tower the same year, and the Lord Mayor’s 1884 year […]


Spotlight on Smeaton’s Tower for International Lighthouse Weekend

Plymouth’s iconic Smeaton’s Tower will have some special activities on offer on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 August for this year’s International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW). ILLW was established in Scotland in 1993 by the Ayr Amateur Radio Group and is held on the third full weekend of August each year. Its aim is […]


New extended opening hours for Smeaton’s Tower

One of Plymouth’s top tourist attractions is extending its opening hours by two hours a day for the summer season. Smeaton’s Tower will open each day from 10am to 6pm until the end of August (last entry 5.30pm). Originally built on the Eddystone reef in 1759, it was taken down in the early 1880s and rebuilt […]