Mount Batten Tower and Breakwater


The Mount Batten Tower and b reak water in Plymouth is a must-visit destination for history buffs and nature enthusiasts alike. Situated on the eastern side of Plymouth Sound, the tower and breakwater offer stunning views of the sea and the city of Plymouth.

The Mount Batten Tower was built in the 1650s during the English Civil War as part of the city's defenses against attacks from the sea. The tower was originally used as a gun platform and a lookout post for the British military. Today, the tower is open to the public (on select days) and provides visitors with an opportunity to explore the history of the area and learn about the tower's strategic importance during the war.

The tower offers spectacular views of Plymouth Sound and the city's coastline, making it an ideal location for taking photos or simply enjoying the scenery. Visitors can climb the narrow staircase to reach the top and enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding area.

In addition to the tower, the Mount Batten Breakwater is another attraction worth visiting. The breakwater was constructed in the 1880s and was designed to protect Plymouth Sound from the strong winds and waves of the English Channel. The breakwater is over 279 meters long and offers visitors a peaceful walk along the coastline, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

The breakwater is also a popular spot for fishing and there is a water sports centre. In the summer months, visitors can also take a boat tour around Plymouth Sound, which offers a unique perspective on the area's history and natural beauty.

Overall, the Mount Batten Tower and Breakwater are an ideal destination for visitors looking to explore the history and natural beauty of Plymouth. 

The passenger ferry departs the Barbican at quarter past and quarter to the hour and then from Mount Batten on the hour and half hour. Operating every 30 minutes.


  • Mount Batten Car Park
  • Plymouth
  • Devon
  • PL9 9SJ