Though many of English Heritage’s Free to Enter sites remain open to visitors, unfortunately it has been necessary – as a result of advice relating to coronavirus - to close Dymchurch Martello Tower for operational reasons, in order to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our visitors, volunteers and staff. We look forward to welcoming you again soon.
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 is open from 2pm to 4pm at weekends and bank holiday from 4th April to 1st November.
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.