Location: Essex
Venues Jaywick Martello Tower
Jaywick Martello Tower
  • Unique marriage and partnership venue
  • Stunning location on the Essex coast
  • Below St Osyth, near Clacton-on-Sea
  • Civil ceremony-only venue
  • Choice of three licensed rooms
  • Post-ceremony drinks and refreshments
  • Disabled access to the first floor
  • Breathtaking views of the English Channel
  • The only wedding venue of its type in UK

Jaywick Martello Tower on the Essex coast is ideal for couples on the lookout for a truly unique ceremony. The Martello Towers in Southern England were constructed in the early 19th century to protect the Essex and Kent coastline against French invasion. The restored example at Jaywick now operates as an arts and heritage site, licensed for civil ceremonies with up to 60 guests.

Jaywick Martello Tower is not only a distinctive ceremony venue, but with the Essex coastline spread out just beneath, is also the most gorgeous wedding location imaginable. The Sun Room at the top of the building is perfect for small ceremonies, with large windows overlooking the rolling waves of the English Channel. As alternatives, both the Garrison Room and the Martello Room are sited within the main body of the tower, boasting abundance of history and presenting the opportunity for larger ceremonies.


In the early 19th century, Martello Towers were erected along the coastlines of certain countries in the British Empire as protection from invasions. Built in 1809, Jaywick belongs to a group of 103 towers constructed to defend the southern and eastern coasts of England against the hostile French fleets of Emperor Napoleon.

The towers were never used as intended, but they proved to be valuable in the prevention of smuggling, something which they were used for long after the prospective peril of French invasion subsided. 47 Martello towers still stand in England, many being restored for communal historical and arts purposes like Jaywick.


Garrison Room

The largest room in the building, The Garrison Room used to be the living space for the officer and around 25 co-workers. It can comfortably seat up to 60 people for a civil wedding ceremony.

Capacity - 60 Guests

Martello Room

The Martello Room, where equipment, weapons and ammunition were stored in anticipation of a possible attack from an invading French fleet, is ideal for smaller ceremonies for up to 30 people.

Capacity - 30 Guests

Sun Room

The tower's uppermost chamber overlooking the stunning Essex coast, commanding wonderful views and providing spectacular photographic opportunities, has enough room to seat 20 guests.

Capacity - 20 Guests

There is good disabled access via a platform lift to the first floor.

Catering And Accommodation

The tower is available only for ceremonies, although there is an opportunity for drinks before moving on to your reception venue.

Plenty of hotels and B&Bs are located in nearby Clacton-on-Sea.

For further information on booking Jaywick Martello Tower for your ceremony, click the 'Email this business' button or telephone the above number, quoting The Wedding Secret.

Jaywick Martello Tower
The Promenade
Belsize Avenue
CO15 2LF


  • Mr and Mrs Angus

    It was absolutely splendid, everything we wanted. It was a lovely venue and I would absolutely recommend it to everyone.

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