Martello Tower No.24

Martello Tower No.24, Dymchurch: Hours, Address, Martello Tower No.24 Reviews: 4/5

Martello Tower No.24
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Military Museums • Historic Sites • History Museums
Saturday
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Martello Tower No. 24 in Dymchurch was one of 74 towers built along the south coast between 1805 and 1812 to resist the threatened French invasion. Restored to its original design and containing replica gunpowder barrels and a 24 pounder muzzle-loading cannon on the gun platform. Of all the Martello Towers remaining, Martello24 is closest to its original condition and it can be seen as it was when occupied by the military in 1806. There are only two other towers of the original 74 built in Kent and East Sussex that are open to the public, Martello Towers No.73 in Eastbourne and No. 74 in Seaford.
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Ashford, UK71 contributions
Jul 2021
Impressive building from the outside but unfortunately it’s closed for restoration purposes inside. There’s no indication of when it will be open again, so do check before travelling.
Written July 14, 2021
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IAN W
St Helens, UK3,199 contributions
Jun 2021
A defence Tower built in early 19th century to help defend Britain during the Napoleonic Wars,one of a series built along the south(and south eastern) coast of Britain.
Unfortunately,due to covid,its closed at the present time,and by the look of the tower top,has been for a while with weeds and grasses growing in abundance!
Written June 29, 2021
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johnhouston2
Knaresborough, UK4,184 contributions
Sep 2020 • Couples
From 1793 to 1815 Britain was at war with France and Martello Tower 24 at Dymchurch was one of a chain of 74 defensive towers built along the Channel coastline between 1805 and 1812 as part of our defences against the threatened invasion by Napoleon’s troops.

Many of these towers are now just ugly wrecks, and none of them could ever be considered beautiful, but they are important historic relics and this one is in much better condition than most.
Written September 21, 2020
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Wiz Liz
Gillingham, UK8 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
This amazing building is cared for by volunteers. It is not open all the time. There is a sign on the building asking you to contact and request a visit. I'm so pleased we did just that. Staying locally we had the time to do this. It was well worth it. To look at it you can dismiss this place and not bother. But you would be missing out on real history. The person with the key to the tower really knows there stuff about the place and it is amazing to find out it's true age and goings on. It is not pretty or dressed up but that is the charm. You get a true sense of how it would have felt like to be there so many years ago as a soldier, you can feel the harsh reality of time gone by. The hustle and bustle of Dymchurch can not be felt inside, there is an chilling silence and only the people there can you hear their echoes of noise. This adds to the charm and reminds you that it is a place where time forgot. We loved it, two adults three teams and a baby in a sling. I will not tell you the history, go and discover that for yourself.
Written March 19, 2020
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Geoff H
Cranbrook, UK12,315 contributions
Feb 2020
From 1793 to 1815, Britain was at war with Napoleonic France and, in the seven years between 1805 and 1812, 74 gun towers were built along the coast between Kent and East Sussex to repel any invasion which may have been launched from across the Channel. These Martello Towers had a gun on the roof, with the soldiers being housed on the first floor and ammunition and other stores being on the floor beneath the soldiers' living quarters. The Martello Tower at Dymchurch is numbered 24. Although uninspiring from he outside, it has the original 24-pounder gun on the roof. The interior has been fully restored and houses a small exhibition; access, howevr, is quite challenging. Nearby there is a plaque commemorating a unique event from the Second World War.
Written March 1, 2020
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Jason Davis
Kent, UK17 contributions
May 2019 • Family
Fantastic and well worth a visit. The kids love going in here.

Looking forward to the refurbishment too !!
Written September 4, 2019
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ChewyEarth38
London, UK21 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
It’s great to look at. Just that is enough to know it’s going to be good. This is near the beach so it’s worth a visit
Written August 31, 2019
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Brian
Hythe, UK298 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Being members of English Heritage we had free admission, However, it is well worth a visit to see this spectacular building and having an insight to this part of our natural history. If you are considering a visit check to see if it is open before you go. When you do go you will not be disappointed.
Written July 21, 2019
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Thanks for your review and pleased you enjoyed your visit. It is an English Heritage free site, so you do not have to be a member of English Heritage to visit for free.
Written July 23, 2019
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Talia B
Winchester, UK73 contributions
Jun 2019 • Family
On the way to the beach and saw that this was open so we decided to go in.

Gentleman volunteer I presume was really friendly and showed as round two of the rooms giving a bit of talk about both explaining its purpose and history giving the visit there more meaning.

The top has great views of the beach and has a real cannon at the top.

We were only there for 15 minutes or so, however the gentleman probably would have had a longer chat with us if we stuck around a bit longer.

Worth a quick visit, although there isn’t much there for kids that don’t want to listen.
Written June 1, 2019
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Alisha M
Ashford, UK3 contributions
May 2019 • Family
A fantastic place to visit. Free to enter. The volunteers were all incredibly knowledgable so be sure to chat with them to enhance your visit.
The cannon on the top of the tower is spectacular!
Written May 8, 2019
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Martello Tower No.24 is open:
  • Sat - Sun 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM