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The Wish Tower

King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne BN21 4BY, England
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Tower Number 73 is an important Eastbourne landmark

The Wish Tower is an iconic sight near the seafront in Eastbourne. It is one of the 74 Martello... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
paullegate
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Luton, United Kingdom
An interesting Martello tower

This is a well preserved Martello tower that is a local landmark and one of a series along this... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
sheepygold
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london
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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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  • Poor8%
  • Terrible4%
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King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne BN21 4BY, England
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Wish Tower is an iconic sight near the seafront in Eastbourne. It is one of the 74 Martello Towers that were built along the south coast between Folkestone and Seaford to defend against a possible invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1800’s. Originally it was...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a well preserved Martello tower that is a local landmark and one of a series along this part of the South coast. Years ago I went inside but now it is only open on special occasions.

Thank sheepygold
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just wanted to see what this attraction was and as you guys can see its nothing but a big round fort building from back in the days and that's it and i made a wish.

1  Thank Phyllis A G
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The gardens were being planted whilst we were there and it will probably be a nice little spot once completed.

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Reviewed 11 July 2018

we walked along the promenade past the carpet gardens to the wish tower, never learned its true meaning of its title hence only three marks for this but i think theres more to be learned from it

Thank Stanley C
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Reviewed 19 June 2018

We could not get into the tower because of ongoing renovation work in the gardens. The gardens in the dry moat are being renovated and replanted as part of a building programme for a Memorial Garden for the civilians in Eastbourne who lost their lives...More

Thank margareth700
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

Worth a walk to and read the facts about this tower. One of many such towers built as part of the nations defence systems.

1  Thank Pam2706
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Reviewed 26 May 2018 via mobile

Nothing out of the ordinary.. we visited while having a walk around the beach .. the view from the wish tower towards the sea is surely not to be missed ..

1  Thank Karishma C
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Reviewed 8 May 2018

When we were at Eastbourne, The Wish Tower was under renovation which was a shame, as it looked very impressive. It's in Devonshire Park on a raised piece of ground with outstanding views of the seashore and Beachy Head

1  Thank Geod2
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Reviewed 12 March 2018

Always lovely to see something so old still preserved so well! Definitely should see it when around. Smack bang on top of a glorious sun trap hill just down from the pier. Best seat in town for when Airbourne comes around!

Thank MissExplorer_411
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Jean S
2 January 2015|
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Response from Chris C | Reviewed this property |
Hi there. I would estimate about half a mile to the actual main shopping part of the town. Maybe 10 to 15 minutes walk. You may be interested to know that while in the vicinity of the wish tower, you will be close to what is... More
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