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 and bank holiday 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.
During the closed season (29 Oct - 15 Apr), bespoke visits for recognised groups of ten persons or more are available by appointment. For more information, and to arrange a visit, please contact the Friends' group secretary.
Before You Go
Access: You can reach the entrance of the tower from Dymchurch High Street. View details.
Opening Times: The interior is open to the public 2pm to 4pm every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday, from Easter until the end of October. To arrange a group visit, please contact the Friends' group secretary.
Train: The tower is around a 5min walk from Dymchurch Station on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.
Parking: Parking is available in the local council car park just 5 minutes walk away.
Dogs: Well behaved dogs on a lead are welcome.
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.