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Heritage Centre:If the Invader Comes at Jaywick Martello Tower

Heritage Centre, £1

Martello Tower

Martello Tower


Jaywick Martello Tower,
The Promenade, Belsize Avenue,
CO15 2LF


‘If the Invader Comes’ is a film installation by photographer Dan Dubowitz and choreographer Fearghus Ó Conchúir that responds to the Martello Towers of England’s East Coast and to the ‘land’s end’ psyche of their coastal communities. These coastal defences attest to a psychology of vigilance that has animated the towers since they were built in anticipation of a Napoleonic invasion.

‘If the Invader Comes’, is the second collaboration by Dubowitz and Ó Conchúir that investigates the relationship between people and place. ‘If the Invader Comes’ is shown alongside their first joint work, ‘Tattered Outlaws of History’.

The Martello towers were built along the coasts of south east England and Ireland as an early warning system and defence line against a Napoleonic invasion but Napoleon never came and these towers never fired a shot in anger. Since then, the towers have been outsiders, a series of misfits.

Coach parties acceptedDisabled toiletsGift shopWelcome HostAccepts groups

Children welcome

Opening details

Open wednesday - Sunday, 10am-5pm from 11th June until 21st August


Adults £1
Children Free



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Map reference: TM 136128  Lat: 51.77308 Long: 1.09465

Access: Jaywick Martello Tower has a wheelchair lift to the 1st floor, unfortunately not the roof due to the nature of the building.

Trains: Every hour from London Liverpool Street station to Clacton-on-Sea, check with National Railways before travelling.

Buses: Bus 10-11 from outside Clacton Station on left side of park. Bus stand does not show 10/11 but it is there. Get off at end of route, average time 20 minutes.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 4 miles from Clacton-on-Sea station


  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • Welcome HostWelcome Host
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome