Carleton Martello Tower
Carleton Martello Tower
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NHjo
Saco, ME8,585 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
This was one of many historic sites that I could see from my hotel window. A bit of history: it's one of the nine surviving Martello Towers in Canada and dates from the War of 1812. It's one of Saint John's oldest structures and was designated a National Historic Site of Canda in 1930. The views from the top of it must be magnificent but someone told me that the inside isn't open to the public any longer, so it can't be climbed.
Written June 2, 2023
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Heather B
Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Canada424 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Went here thinking it'd be something to see. It was not.
What we did see however was two drug deals in the parking lot. It was the middle of a summer day. Area around this "attraction" also seems to be a poor part of the city. Lots of run down housing and nothing else noteworthy near by.
Written July 28, 2022
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Keith D
Leamington Spa, UK27 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This is well worth a visit, though currently the tower itself is closed. Interesting history which is presented well in the visitor centre.
If the fog isn't in, some great views too
Written July 25, 2022
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ThriftyTraveller2018
Markham, Canada131 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Interesting shape of Fort - it was an easy climb up (although it was closed the day we visited) - beautiful views from the top. Plenty of free parking at the site - very hilly area so driving up was way easier than if we on foot.
Written July 13, 2022
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AMsays
Thornhill, Canada4,121 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The tower brings 200 years of history to be acclaimed a National Historic Site. The brochure says it has “a rich history, a spectacular view, a bastion of fun!”. I agree with the first two but “no bastion of fun” for me, it’s undergoing a substantial restoration, so interior viewing was not possible. Still, you can imagine the tower sitting imposingly over the surrounding area, whose combatants were ready to defend Canada at all costs.
Written August 18, 2021
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TexasCatBird
Gatesville, TX2,530 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Due to structural instability this Martello Tower is surrounded by chain link fencing which is a sad state for such a historic place. However, the city views and view of the cruise ship port were good. Since we came in via cruise ship the port view was our main reason to take photos. Overall, after 20+ cruises my hubby and I have had multiple opportunities to take cruise ship views, this one as part of our all day bus tour, ranks as average.
Written November 24, 2019
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GordonW318
Gloucester, UK1,242 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
There is a small entrance fee but well worth it as this place is very interesting. This is one of the few surviving Martello Towers built for the war of 1812 but not completed until 3 years later. One can see from the construction that it would have been very difficult to destroy and provided great defence for the area.
Written November 10, 2019
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Shirley S
San Ramon, CA796 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
The tower was in reasonable shape, but it is just a tower; we were not able to go inside the tower because of concerns about the integrity of the roof. The movie at the visitor center was very informative and the views of the town and harbor were lovely from up by the tower.
Written October 31, 2019
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wldtravels
florida236 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
This tower was closed when we got there. Nothing is nearby, so it is not really worth going to by itself. Now that it costs money to enter (assuming it is ever open), it is a stretch to recommend. Maybe it is closed while they renovate it.

We were there before, when it was free, and it is unique in one way... it's like entering the base of a large lighthouse with a few floors of functional space, only it was used for military purposes instead of harbor safety. It had a few displays on each level explaining it's history, and a decent view from the top floor of the harbor, and it was well preserved. At $8/pp to see now, it is hard to recommend unless you really like seeing any military structure. And, be sure it is even open if you decide to go. Maybe the $8 includes an actual tour, or audio tour, which would help justify the cost...but at this point...this visit was a bust.

I should also mention the site has an office where you pay and restrooms available at the office.
Written October 23, 2019
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GARY W
Westbury, NY459 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Carelton Martello Tower was built during the WAR OF 1812.
Located at a very high land cropping and of course overlooking the the harbor and the Bay of Fundy. It is presently not open for internal viewing theater was a short hmovie to view (5 +minutes) explaining the how, when and whys ) and weather permitting a brief viewing how to load a rifle and how to safely shoot the musket.
Open from June to almost Thanksgiving.
Well worth the visit when in the area.
Written October 20, 2019
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