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Royal Citadel

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A brooding presence at the end of tje Hoe

The citadel is a brooding fortified fort at the end of the Plymouth Hoe. It's worth studying the... read more

Reviewed 9 November 2018
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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British History

Well worth seeing and taking pictures this is a part of Plymouth great history. Lots to see and do... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2018
Woburn, United Kingdom
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Built following the English Civil War, this was England's principal fortress featuring outstanding examples of 17th-century baroque architecture. Open for guided tours on Tuesdays at 2:30pm (May to September).
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Royal Citadel Madeira Road, Plymouth PL1 2PD, England
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Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

The citadel is a brooding fortified fort at the end of the Plymouth Hoe. It's worth studying the history of the citadel before visiting. You will get more out of your visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Readster56
Reviewed 3 November 2018

Well worth seeing and taking pictures this is a part of Plymouth great history. Lots to see and do on The Hoe and Barbican

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank SharonRP2014
Reviewed 30 September 2018

The Royal Citadel dominates the eastern end of Plymouth Hoe, and overlooks Plymouth Sound. It was built in the 1660s after a design by Sir Bernard de Gomme, and incorporates an earlier fort that was built at the time of Sir Francis Drake. Drake's original...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank David B
Reviewed 4 September 2018 via mobile

A great tour and a reason able £6, (£5 if your members of English Heritage). Allow about two hours for the tour, lots of info, lots of history and some great views of the harbour. Richard our guide was brilliant, very knowledgeable and having the...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Tony M
Reviewed 26 July 2018 via mobile

First rate all the way. Really great tour, fantastic guide the two hours just flew by. If you are into history especially military history this tour is for you. The Charles II citadel is a masterpiece of engineering and as a bonus you get fantastic...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank mombir
Reviewed 21 July 2018

Knowing that we were travelling to Plymouth, I searched some things to do. This came up. You are able to book the tour of the property via English Heritage ( Yapsody website). The tour is advertised as 2 hours long, and we managed it in...More

Date of experience: July 2018
1  Thank BevBristol
Reviewed 1 July 2018

Visited a number of times, always amazes me how tall the walls around are with little or non windows. A real fortress

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank trytobeasnorkeller
Reviewed 18 June 2018

Unfortunately, the Citadel closed the day we went, and it's worth noting that the opening times do seem to fluctuate from the official times. It's worth preparing an alternative just in case it is closed when you go. The building is very impressive though and...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank IndyandDinker
Reviewed 17 June 2018 via mobile

There are limited days and time of visit, it's a military site now as well, but the walk along the port to reach it, including the short climb, all around it, is worth, for the view. The whole port is really full of historical sites,...More

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank aa27
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

Never knew so much was hidden behind the walls of this magnificent place. Very good tour lasting two hours mostly outdoors so weather dependent is a must. Lived in Plymouth my whole life never realised what the citadel had inside. Cash on entry but you...More

Date of experience: April 2018
2  Thank k2015
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Ruth b
11 October 2018|
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