This historic 86 foot navigational tower is now home to exhibitions, a museum, tea rooms and a panoramic viewing platform.
Standing on the coast of Walton-on-the-Naze is Naze Tower, a Grade II* listed octagonal navigation tower that’s the only building of its type and era in existence.
The tower was built in 1720 by Trinity House, a 16th century corporation that’s still in operation as a charity dedicated to the safety of shipping and seafarers. Now a visitor destination, it was originally a predecessor to the 19th century lighthouse, before being used as a signalling station in the Napoleonic wars and later as a radar tower during World War I.
Inside is a tight spiral staircase. The 111 stairs lead to exhibitions by East Anglian artists in the tower’s gallery, a museum dedicated to its history, tea rooms, and an open top viewing platform with stunning views of the Essex and Suffolk landscape.