The Wish Tower

The Wish Tower, Eastbourne: Address, The Wish Tower Reviews: 3.5/5

The Wish Tower
3.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Observation Decks & Towers
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The Wish Tower is a historic Martello Tower built to protect the UK from possible invasion by Napoleon. It's a fascinating structure and free tours are available via our website. The Tower is nothing to do with the cafe next door, called the Western View and run by the local council. They have a separate Trip Advisor page.
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Lindylou146
Plymouth, UK982 contributions
Just a quick walk around!
Sep 2021 • Couples
One of the Martello Towers and set at one end of the sea front surrounded by a walled garden and next to Bistro Pierre and the big wheel! The tower was closed and it was rather surprising that it seems to share the space with a restaurant!
Written 1 September 2021
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robbycox
Welwyn Garden City, UK1,184 contributions
Worth a look!
Aug 2021
Just a short walk from the Pier and well worth a look, beautifully kept gardens surround this tower and even though its currently closed its still well worth a visit.
Written 27 August 2021
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futtock21
London, UK11,071 contributions
Defence against Napoleon but not a French bistrot
May 2021 • Solo
This was one of no fewer than 74 Martello towers built along the length of the South coast to defend if from a feared Napoleonic invasion. This was no. 73. It is currently closed to visitors due to Covid-19. It sits in a hollow constructed on a grassy mound with seats on one side and a French bistrot on the other. It replaces a cafe demolished in 2012. Amusing to think a town which held off an invasion from Napoleon only to succumb to the replacement of indigenous cooks with the successors of Napoleon’s chefs.
Written 17 June 2021
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Emma Louise H
Oxford, UK82 contributions
Peaceful thoughtful place
Oct 2020 • Solo
Interesting historical place to visit. Peaceful pleasant garden to sit and rest. Free. Near local attractions.
Written 27 October 2020
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Marta N
Stevenage, UK286 contributions
Not much to see
Aug 2020 • Couples
The tower was closed due to Covid 19,i guess. However the view from the hill was really nice. We end up eating at the restaurant next to it.
Written 3 August 2020
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mariaross0715
Hailsham, UK185 contributions
nice view
Aug 2019
can park near centre postion, places to sit. grass area walk toward the pier to your left, hollingwell to your right
Written 29 March 2020
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CatdiverKent
Kent105 contributions
Interesting tower
Mar 2020
Martello tower and war memorial. Well looked after and interesting. Information board and a cafe there.
Written 16 March 2020
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sightingsarah
Sveti Martin na Muri, Croatia1,540 contributions
New Gardens
Sep 2019
The new gardens make it even nicer than it was before. Such a pretty walking area around the wish tower.
Written 25 November 2019
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ian2013
London, UK85 contributions
It is what it is.
Nov 2019
Situated next to the recently opened Bistro Pierre, a circular stone mini fort turret in need of restoration. Well kept grounds surround this old structure but there isn't really much to say about it.
Written 17 November 2019
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D0dge51
Eastbourne, UK626 contributions
Good Vantage Point
Nov 2019
This is a good vantage point for photographs of Eastbourne Pier and the surrounding area. Well worth a visit and soon to open restaurant in the same area.
Written 4 November 2019
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