Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site, Saint John

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Military and history buffs, as well as sightseers, relish the chance to see Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site, a circular fort built during the War of 1812. The barracks have been restored and there are a number of historical displays at the fort, including information on the important role the fort played for nation even as recently as World War II. Don’t miss the spectacular views over Saint John and Bay of Fundy from the fort’s prime position from high up the hill; bring a camera. Use our Saint John tour itinerary builder website to arrange your visit to Carleton Martello Tower National Historic Site and other attractions in Saint John.
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  • Not fantastic but included on all the tours. Notable by all the tour buses that galvant through the residential neighborhood.  more »
  • We stopped here while on a bus tour. This is a fort that had never been used to protect from hostile visitors. It was later used to store munitions. At this stop you can see a brief file of its histor...  more »
  • This is an interesting spot for a quick stop in St. John. Our tour guide told us the tower was designed on the Island of Corsica by the British, and it deflects cannonballs. He said it was built durin...  more »
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  • Tower is closed this year. No indication at tower when it would open again. Nice overlook but wish we could have gone in. Also, there is a black chain-link fence around the tower right now.
  • Right now I'm giving it a 3 star because they are doing renovations inside the tower so we can't access it. Beautiful views from the outside and there is a mini museum in the vister center.
  • Great views but the tower itself was still closed
  • It has a nice view of city.
  • Informative, great collection of artifacts and history. Renovations look good!

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The grid-like streets between Harbour Station and the harbor itself represent the most popular places to stay in Saint John, with a range of guesthouses and bed and breakfasts nestled among the historic buildings. If you're looking for a more budget-friendly option, head west along Manawagonish Road and stay at one of the many motels along the way.
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