Plymouth’s Royal Citadel is an imposing 17th century fortress, and although it was originally built to protect the coastline from Dutch invaders it’s still used by the military today. The attraction is open to visitors between March and October, but photography is not permitted in any part of the Royal Citadel. Also, as it’s a military establishment visitors are asked not to bring large bags or dogs with them.
The Royal Citadel is located on Plymouth Hoe, and entry is £5 for adults and £4 for children. The Royal Citadel looks down across Plymouth Sound and was built on the site of an earlier fort constructed Sir Francis Drake’s time. The Royal Citadel was England’s most important defence for more than a century and has been repeatedly strengthened over the years since its completion in 1666. Today, it serves as the base for 29 Commando Regiment of the Royal Artillery, and guided tours are available at times.
You may recognise the Royal Citadel from the 2011 BBC series ‘The Choir: Military Wives’ which followed the wives and partners of Royal Citadel personnel as they formed a choir. While their loved ones completed active service in Afghanistan, the Military Wives Choir released its single ‘Wherever You Are’.
The Hoe, Plymouth, PL1 2JU
Local Tourist Information: Plymouth: 01752 306330