A truly unique visitor attraction located on an attractive stretch of coastline at Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex. This impressive 86ft octagonal tower, constructed in 1720 by Trinity House as a navigational mark to aid shipping is grade II* listed for unusual architectural interest. It is now a well-loved landmark and is believed to be the only one of its kind and era in existence.
The Naze Tower was derelict and on the 'Buildings at Risk List' until 2004 when after extensive renovations it was opened to the public for the very first time in its history. Since then it has proved very popular with tourists, locals, education and community groups.
The Naze Tower has a lot to offer, perhaps the most exciting being the climb up the spiral staircase to the roof-viewing platform. From the open top the panoramic views are breathtaking - the land and seascape of Essex and Suffolk and as far as Kent on a clear day.
Within its metre thick walls and over 8 floors the Naze Tower also houses:
A Museum and Information Centre - about the fascinating history of the Tower and the special environment of the Naze
An Art Gallery - showing and selling diverse works by established and emerging artists often from the region.
The Naze Tower is dramatically situated on the cliffs at the Naze a beautiful natural coastal location popular with the public for leisure pursuits. There is lots to explore - beach, cliff and seawall walks, a nature reserve and two SSSIs (Site of Special Scientific Interest) - the fossil rich Naze Cliffs and the natural habitat of Hamford Waters.
Architecture centre, Ship or maritime heritage site
1st April-31st October everyday 10am-5pm
(Weekend before Easter when in March)
Weekends in March and November dependent on weather - check opening times, phone 07966 776417.
Educational and community groups can visit out of season if booked, phone 07966 776417.
Wheelchair access to ground floor with Reception, Shop and Tea Room counter. Spiral Staircase - 11 Steps to Tea Room seating inside / seating outside fully accessible. 111 Steps to top of tower - climb made easier as 8 floors with chairs on each and artworks and museum to slow you down!
Developing visual history and gallery guides. Sight-impaired can touch some artworks.
Naze Tower Educational Visits
The visit can be orientated towards studying Geography, History and/or Art and can include a related talk.
Primary Schools visits usually encompass all these subjects, placing most emphasis on history, art, and the Art Gallery.
Secondary Schools and Colleges usually visit The Naze to study coastal erosion.
From the rooftop Viewing Platform you can compare the protected and unprotected coastline and view the coastal area and two SSSIs – Hamford Waters and the Naze Cliffs.
The Geography talk and Q&A can cover the Tower, The Naze, Coastal Erosion and the proposed coast protection scheme Crag Walk.
How to obtain
Education Group Admission: £1 per person
Large groups can visit the Tower but we have to split them into smaller groups of 20-25 people, and each group is given a timeslot.
£7.50 per talk orientated towards your particular study.
£5 per talk for large groups booking over 5 talks in total, the time allocation per group will mean the talk will have to be shorter.
Details to consider/ provide on booking:
Preferred dates for visit
Total number in your group and smaller group division
Your ideal arrival and departure times / timetable
Do you require talk(s)? If so your study focus / topic(s)
Age of students
Any special requirements
Payment method – request an invoice or bring a cheque to ‘Naze Tower’ on visit / receipt issued.
Education visits to the Naze Tower are popular and bookings are taken in advance so to avoid disappointment book a.s.a.p.
We prefer educational groups to visit during our open times: 21st march – 2nd November everyday 10am – 5pm, but will try to accommodate you out of season if necessary. To book or discuss a visit please contact us. Once you have booked a visit, you will be sent email confirmation.
Check on the tide times for your trip - Walton Tide Timetable is here www.tendringdc.gov.uk/TendringDC/Leisure/Seafront+and+Beaches/tidetable.htm
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