43/103: The Remaining Martello Towers of England

103 of these almost identical towers were built in England between 1804 and 1812 to defend against the threat of Napoleon

Set at regular intervals along the coast from Seaford, Sussex, to Aldeburgh, Suffolk, 43 now remain in various conditions and uses.

Since completion in 1812, the towers have been steadfast witnesses to history, serving multiple uses including barracks, zoos, WW2 watchtowers, museums, cafes, homes and art venues.

Explore the creativity of humanity in the diversity of uses for these almost identical buildings. Also witness the slow erosion of time as some of the towers engage in the toughest battles to survive since they were built over 200 years ago.

Supported by the Essex County Council Arts and Cultural Fund.

Event details


July 20 - August 20, 2023


10:00am - 4:00pm



Who for?

For the whole family


Jaywick Martello Tower

The Promenade, Belsize Ave, Clacton-on-Sea,, Essex, England, CO15 2LF

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No booking required.

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