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.
Opening times: The interior is open from 2pm to 4pm every Saturday, Sunday and bank holiday from Easter until the end of October.
Group visits: During the closed winter season (normally November to March but excluding November 2019 due to a conservation project), 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. Please be aware that we are hoping the current conservation project will be finished by the end of November 2019 but check back for an update later in the year.
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: 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.