Relax in the Maritime History of The Hoe

Plymouth, Devon

Take in the spectacular Plymouth Hoe, one of the largest natural harbours in the world and home to a wealth of historic monuments.

Take in the monuments lining the promenade, including the Royal Naval War Memorial, as you look out over the ocean. Together with the Royal Marines and Royal Air Force Memorials, these bear sobering testament to Plymouth’s, and partnering troops', severe human losses in the global warfare of the 20th century. US troops were stationed here in WW2 and departed for Normandy landings on D-Day from Saltash Passage.  

There is also the bowling green where popular legend has it that it was here, on 20th July 1588, that the Elizabethan Sea-Captain Sir Francis Drake was playing bowls when first news of sightings of the invading “Spanish Armada” was brought to him.

Standing tall on the luscious green-lawned expanse of the Hoe is the iconic Smeaton’s Tower lighthouse. Smeaton's Tower offers a wonderful vantage point from its lantern room. 

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