A unique way to experience Great Yarmouth
The South East Tower
Great Yarmouth boasts the second best preserved medieval town wall in England. The wall, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, traces its origins to 1261, when King Henry III granted permission to enclose the town with a moat and ditch. It took years to complete, the main work finishing in 1346, but construction continuing until c.1400. The fortification, which was last manned during the English Civil War, was more than 23 feet high and 2,280 yards long, with 10 gates and 16 towers.
Construction on the South East Tower began in the 14th century, with the upper parts added in the 16th century. In 2014, Great Yarmouth Preservation Trust began a project on behalf of the Borough Council, repairing the tower and undertaking a light conversion into use as a holiday property. With the interior needing a fair number of repairs and modifications, and the outer walls needing to be repointed, the project was completed in 2015. Original features such as arrow slots, wooden beams and a medieval well were retained and incorporated into the property.
Thanks to the repairs undertaken, the tower was removed from the Buildings at Risk Register.
Renting the Tower
The Tower sleeps up to 8 people. The property has two bedrooms – one twin and one double – with the capacity for extra people on deluxe inflatable mattresses. There is a fully equipped kitchen and dining area, and a separate living room. A bathroom is situated in the basement – featuring its very own well. A balcony offers views across town to the sea.
Children of any age are welcome. The tower has wifi, tv, radio, dishwasher, ironing facilities and private parking. Dogs are permitted, although please let us know in advance.
The Tower is perfectly situated for visitors interested in history, being very close to the Great Yarmouth Potteries Museum, the highly-acclaimed Time and Tide Museum, historic South Quay and the King Street Conservation Area. It is also only a two minute walk from Yarmouth’s iconic Golden Mile.
The cost of the Tower is £100 per night (plus £20 cleaning fee). If more than 4 people wish to stay, additional linen and towels are provided at £10 per head per night. A 20% discount is applied for stays of one week or more.
To enquire, please contact Lyn by email at or phone us on 01493 859640.
For more information, click here to view the Tower on Airbnb, where we have been rated as a Superhost.
In order to comply with the latest government guidelines, we must request that (unless booking as a single household), a maximum of 6 people stay in the Tower at one time. To ensure the safety of our guests, we have introduced an enhanced cleaning protocol, thoroughly sanitising all surfaces between each guest's stay. A £20 cleaning fee will be added to your booking to cover these additional costs. We are also now operating self check-in with a lockbox, to facilitate social distancing. We appreciate your understanding.
See what people are saying