Heritage Locations

Walton-on-the-Naze Beacon

The highest beacon in Britain, built in 1720 and listed Grade II*


Period of construction:
1700 - 1749

Transport Trust plaque:

Transport Mode:

Old Hall Lane, Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex CO14 8LE

CO14 8LE

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Trinity House built the 86ft octagonal Naze Tower in 1720 as a navigational mark to aid shipping. Originally housing a beacon, it is the predecessor of the reflective lighthouse that became commonplace in the 19th century.

The Naze Tower is a building of unique architectural and historic interest and is the only one of its kind in existence. 81 ft. (25 m.) high, it is octagonal in section and is built of brick.

Over the years the Tower has had numerous uses, particularly during times of war. More recently it lay derelict until it was extensively renovated and opened to the public for the first time ever in its history in 2004. The local family who own the Tower undertook the restoration and still run the Tower today.

The 360 degree coastal views from the viewing platform at the top of the Naze Tower are spectacular changing daily and even hourly with the tides and weather. There is a 111 step spiral staircase. On clear days the range of vision is 30 miles, North to the Orford Ness lighthouse, South to the coast of Kent.

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Opening Times:
Visible at all times. it serves as a museum and art gallery. Tel: 01255 852 519 or 860 151

How To Find:
Old Hall Lane is a contiuation of Cliff Parade. Turn to the right towards the sea. The beacon tower is conspicuous.


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