The Hoe : Michelin's recommendations
From "that loftie place at Plimmouth call'd the Hoe", Francis Drake (1540-1596) is said to have observed the "invincible Spanish Armada" arriving one day in 1588. It is still an ideal point from which to view the maritime traffic on the Sound, the natural harbour at the mouth of the Tamar and Plym. The modern Plymouth Dome visitor centre explains the city's rich heritage. Smeaton's Tower, a red and white painted lighthouse, was erected on the Hoe in 1884, after 123 storm-battered years on the Eddystone Rocks, around 23 km southwest of Plymouth. The present Eddystone Lighthouse, built in about 1878-1882, can be seen from the Hoe; it can also be seen from the top of Smeaton's Tower where the view is magnificent. Other monuments testifying to Plymouth's role in history include Boehm's statue of Drake, the Armada Memorial and Naval War Memorial, bearing the names of 22 443 men. The southern limit of the Sound is marked by the 1.5 km-long breakwater, constructed to counter heavy sea swell from the southwest.
- Address : Hoe Road GB - Plymouth PL1 3DEPL1 3DEPlymouth
- Prices : free of charge