The museum explores the fascinating history of the Naze Tower and provides information on the ecology and geology of the Naze, the coastal erosion problem and the Crag Walk coastal scheme. A collection of fossils and artifacts found at the Naze are on display.

We plan to install a new display on the top floor in the Tower ready for the Summer that interprets the ‘View from the Top’. In the longer term we are also looking to convert another floor into a museum space to reveal more of the fascinating history of the Tower and the Naze. The restoration work undertaken in 2015 will form part of the new displays.

If you have any interesting information, images or items on the Tower, the Naze or Walton Backwaters, we would love to hear from you, please Contact us.


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 Grade II* listed building of unique architectural and historic interest and is the only one of its kind in existence. This listing places it in the top 5% of heritage buildings and the top twenty listed lighthouses in the country.

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.