Dymchurch Martello Tower

Dymchurch Martello Tower

Free Entry

The exterior is open any reasonable time during daylight hours. Interior viewing is by appointment only.


Dymchurch, Kent, TN29 0NL

Before You Go

Between 1805 and 1812, faced with the threat of invasion by Napoleon, the British government built a chain of ‘Martello towers’ – small defensive forts – around the south and east coasts of England. Dymchurch Martello Tower on the Kent coast is one of these ingeniously designed artillery towers, where the garrison lived on the first floor above the ammunition and storerooms. It has been restored to its original design and re-equipped with its cannon.

Before You Go

Access: You can reach the entrance of the tower from Dymchurch High Street. View details.


Opening Times: The exterior is available to view any reasonable time during daylight hours. The interior is available to view by appointment only. Please call 0130 421 1067. View details.


Parking: There is a charged car park, less than five minutes from the site, not managed by English Heritage.


Dogs: Assistance dogs only.

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Plan a Great Day Out

Why not make a day of exploring coastal fortifications?

Nearby Camber Castle is situated in the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve.  The spectacular stronghold of Dover Castle is also just 15 miles away, with a selection of cafés and well stocked gift shops. Walmer Castle and Gardens is also worth a visit following its restoration. Relax in the café and browse the gift shop.

The sunrise through the conservatory at Witley Court.

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English Heritage cares for over 400 historic buildings, monuments and places - from world-famous prehistoric sites to grand medieval castles, from Roman forts on the edges of empire to a Cold War bunker. Through these, we bring the story of England to life for over 10 million people each year. The English Heritage Trust is a charity, no. 1140351, and a company, no. 0744722, registered in England.

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