Eastbourne centre

  • Seafront, Eastbourne, BN

  • free

  • Mon-Fri, Sat, Sun, Daily

At the end of the 18th century and also in the early 19th century, 14 individual Martello Towers were built on the westerly coast of Pevensey Bay, to provide a strategic defence between Hastings and Beachy Head, against a possible attack and invasion attempt by Napoleon. A number of these small historic defensive forts are still standing in a very good state of repair, such as the Wish Tower, which has become a much-loved landmarks along the town's seafront. The best way to view the Eastbourne Martello Towers is to take a boat trip from Sovereign Harbour. These cruises tend to hug the coastline and provide excellent photographic opportunities along the way.

Times and prices are subject to change. Contact venue before setting out.

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