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Opening times

1 April to 30 September:
Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm

1 to 31 October:
Daily except Sunday, 10am to 4pm

1 November to 31 March:
Closed

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Overview

Explore mighty coastal defences built to protect merchant shipping interests during the Napoleonic Wars. These rare and well-preserved military remains never saw action.

What to see and do

  • Look out from the Martello Tower towards Crockness Tower, enjoying views across Longhope Sound to Scapa Flow
  • Get up close to the battery – the remarkable and rare survival is full of interesting features
  • Explore the rooms inside Martello Tower and imagine what life was like for those stationed here
  • See evidence of barracks life – including barrack room furniture and other military memorabilia
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