While the exterior can be viewed during any reasonable daylight hours, the interior of Dymchurch Martello Tower is currently closed to visitors as we are unable to open it within social distancing guidelines at present. When we can reopen, we will update this page as soon as we have more details.
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.
Managed by the Friends of Martello24 - visit their website to find out more about the history of the tower and information about becoming one of their volunteers.
Before You Go
Parking: There is no parking at the tower but the public pay-and-display Central Car Park a two-minute walk away.
Access: Access to the tower is by a metal staircase to the first floor, and once inside, access to the roof / gun platform and to the ground floor is by very steep stairs. Unfortunately this means that the tower is not particularly suitable for people with mobility problems.
Opening times: The interior of the tower will not be open to visitors during 2020 but in recent years it normally opens from 2pm to 4pm at weekends and bank holiday from 4th April to 31st October.
Facilities: There are no facilities at the tower but there are public toilets at the nearby Central Car Park, and the tower is in the village of Dymchurch with shops and places to eat close by.
Train: The tower is around a five-minute walk from Dymchurch Station on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.
Dogs: Assistance dogs only are welcome.
Group visits: During the closed winter season from November to March bespoke visits are available by appointment for recognised groups of ten people or more. For more information and to arrange a visit, please email the Friends' group's secretary.
Plan a Great Day Out
Why not make a day of exploring coastal fortifications?
The spectacular stronghold of Dover Castle is also just 15 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 sculpture trail, rooftop views, and exhibition.