The Naze Tower, Walton-on-the-Naze

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The Hanoverian tower, more commonly known as the Naze Tower, is situated at the start of the open area of the Naze. It was a navigational tower, constructed to assist ships on this otherwise fairly feature-less coast. Visitors can climb the 111-step spiral staircase to the top of the 86ft tower for a 360 degree view of the beach and countryside. The Naze Tower features a museum with exhibits about the tower, the ecology and geology of the Naze, and the coastal erosion problem. The tower also features a private art gallery on six floors with changing exhibits several times a year, and a tea room. The tower is privately owned.HistoryThe present tower was built in 1720–21 by Trinity House, and was intended to work in conjunction with Walton Hall Tower to guide vessels through the Goldmer Gap. Towers at Naze and at Walton Hall are marked on a map of 1673 by Richard Blome, which in turn was based on a maps drawn up in the late 1500s. The present Naze Tower therefore replaced an earlier construction at a similar location. It was of particular benefit to ships using the nearby port of Harwich. Both the current Naze Tower and its predecessor had beacons or lamps lit at the top, providing an early form of lighthouse.Over the years, the tower has had a variety of uses. In the eighteenth century it was a tea house, operated by the actress and aristocrats' mistress, Martha Raey. It was a lookout during the Napoleonic Wars and again during the Great War of 1914–18. In the Second World War it was used as a radar station, with its crenellations removed to accommodate a radar dish.
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  • We love visiting this part of Walton-on-the-Naze. If you can manage the steps, the views of the coast from the top of the tower are great! We also love flying kites on the grassy cliff top in front of...  more »
  • Well worth a visit, if you are in the area. There is an entry fee, plus, there are many steps on the spiral staircase to reach the top of the tower itself but, the views are brilliant once you get the...  more »
  • We were surprised to find tea rooms still open in the tower at 4pm and the lady was very accomodating. We all happily climbed to 2nd floor for the views while supping a good cuppa and dunking biscuits...  more »
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  • Very committed family run this and have for about 20years. English Heritage have put some money into it and it's had a lot of essential work done on it. Excellent art and craft on sale. Great tea shop. Beautiful iron work spiral staircase which is free to climb to the tea rooms and £3.50 pp if you want to climb to the top. Where you will be rewarded with fantastic views - on most days!
  • Fantastic place to bring kids of all ages. There is space to play or fly a kite as well as a walk on the beach. If you go to the beach keep an eye out for some fossils lying around. The tower is there for a look around as well as the visitor centre if you want to grab some refreshments. Worth a visit if you are in the area.
  • Lovely cafe inside the tower with art gallery and history displays all the way up. A great use of space. Very reasonably priced art, perfect for presents
  • It's a lovely place and on a clear day you can see for miles. The price is very little and there is a cafe at the bottom. There's a lot of stairs so it's not a great place for the elderly but other than that it's lovely place.
  • Very interesting place. The entrance is a bit odd (through a small gift shop), but well worth a visit if your in the area.

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