Carleton Martello Tower, Saint John

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Historic Site · Tourist Spot
Military and history buffs, as well as sightseers, relish the chance to see Carleton Martello Tower, a circular fort built during the War of 1812. The barracks have been restored and there are a number of historical displays at the fort, including information on the important role the fort played for nation even as recently as World War II. Don’t miss the spectacular views over Saint John and Bay of Fundy from the fort’s prime position from high up the hill; bring a camera. Use our Saint John tour itinerary builder website to arrange your visit to Carleton Martello Tower and other attractions in Saint John.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
  • We went to this place and I’m glad we did even if it was very foggy and windy!! It was amazing to read the history of the tower and why they made it. It’s worth stopping by and read about the history of this place. It was close when we went there so we couldn’t see the inside and it was very foggy we couldn’t see the whole city from the top but it was still an amazing experience!! :)
  • One of New Brunswick's lesser-known tourist sites, for some reason. If you have to go only one "touristy" place in Saint John, I would recommend Carleton Martello Tower over the Reversing Falls. The structure is one of relatively few in New Brunswick that exudes an old world/colonial feel characteristic of the few surviving early stone constructions in the province. Construction began in 1812. Even though it is closed for renovations as of mid-2018, just checking out the tower and surroudns is worthwhile - the view is one of the best possible of the city and surrounding area. Go here on a clear day. Picnic tables and two well-placed lawn chairs make this an interesting and calm place for a lunch on a sunny day.

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