Jersey Towers

Markers of time past, explore Jersey’s history at its landmark towers

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Spend time in Jersey, and you’ll notice the coastal fortifications and towers that line the island’s beaches and bays. There’s more than meets the eye to these landmarks of history, used through history to protect the island from the threat of invading forces.

CONWAY TOWERS & MARTELLO TOWERS

Can you tell the difference? Conway Towers were built in the late 1700s to protect the island from the threat of invasion by the French. Normally built with local granite rather than brick, you can spot them for their round, slightly tapered shape. Some of them are painted red and white or just white to act as navigational aids for passing ships. Martello Towers can sometimes be brick rather than granite, and were built by the British in the early 19th century.

ROCCO TOWER

It’s hard to miss Rocco Tower. Its iconic silhouette is a feature of St. Ouen’s Bay - standing on a rocky tidal island half a mile offshore in the middle of the bay. And if you’re feeling intrepid, you can stay overnight at this 18th century tower with a guide, watch the tide surround you and see the sunset from the roof. Times and availability is tide-dependent and must be arranged with Jersey Heritage, groups of up to 6 only.

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KEMPT TOWER

Stay somewhere with a story, and create unique memories of your own at this restored Jersey granite tower, built in 1834 to defend Jersey from the French. With its open plan living space, fully equipped kitchen, a roof terrace with 360⁰ view, and the beach a few steps away, this is an unforgettable location for a St. Ouen’s bay stay.

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LEWIS’S TOWER

Further along St. Ouen’s Bay, look out for Lewis Tower with its red door. It’s a Martello tower, built in 1835 and named for Colonel Griffith George Lewis, commander of the Royal Engineers in Jersey. These days you can stay here for a real back to nature experience, and climb the ladder to the roof terrace overlooking the dunes and Jersey’s National Park. Bring sleeping bags!

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SEYMOUR TOWER

Quite unique, this is the only square-shaped Conway tower in the island, standing more than a mile offshore in the heart of Jersey’s low tide ‘lunar’ landscape. Only venture out this tower with an experienced walking guide, the incoming tide with its whirlpools and gullies can be treacherous. Adventurous visitors can stay here overnight with a guide, and watch the tide rush in around you from the safety of this 18th century tower. Sleeps 7 plus a guide, availability is weather and tide dependent.

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