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.
The tower is open every weekend afternoon from 2-4pm, Easter - October, in partnership with the Friends of Martello24. Visit their page to find out more about the history of the tower, and consider becoming a volunteer.
Before You Go
Access: You can reach the entrance of the tower from Dymchurch High Street. There is a pay and display car park opposite, not managed by English Heritage. View details.
Opening Times: The exterior is available to view any reasonable time during daylight hours. The interior will be open for viewing 2pm-4pm weekends and bank holidays Easter - October inclusive. View details.
Train: The tower is around a 5min walk from Dymchurch Station on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.
Plan a Great Day Out
Why not make a day of exploring coastal fortifications?
The spectacular stronghold of Dover Castle is also just 19 miles away, with a selection of cafés and well stocked gift shops. Nearby Camber Castle is situated in the Rye Harbour Nature Reserve. If you're heading towards East Sussex, be sure to visit the 1066 Battle of Hastings Abbey & Battlefield with it's new sculpture trail, rooftop views, and exhibition.
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