The Martello Tower Museum
The Martello Tower Museum
4.5
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Tuesday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Wednesday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:30 AM - 1:00 PM
About
Next to a public beach which looks onto Le Morne Mountain and the sea where dolphins are sighted on boat trips. Experienced guides show visitors around this 19th century British fort. Come and discover why it was built, how the tower was equipped for soldiers to survive inside during a siege, and see where they ate and slept. Displays include a cannon, coins, military buttons, life size models of soldiers with their muskets and swords.Feel the weight of a real cannonball and see where the powder was kept. Have your camera handy for a photo of yourself dressed up as a soldier with a musket.
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mturner788
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Wonderful guide, such a well presented and displayed section of history of the conflict, between the French and English.
The skill of those stone masons, needs to be noted.
The replicas of the weapons, are truly amazing, as are the 'men' in uniform.
Written 29 July 2022
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Thank you for your rating and appreciative review. We're glad you enjoyed your visit.
Written 12 August 2022
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Pangolinphotosafaris
Cape Town, South Africa204 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Solo
What a great place to stop for a quick history fix. Thoroughly enjoyed my guided tour and learned lots of new facts. Takes about 15mins and well worth the Rs100 entry fee.
Written 14 August 2021
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Thank you for your rating and complimentary comments with useful facts.
Written 26 January 2022
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Vidisha
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
The small museum i ever visited but yet the most interesting one so far. Hats off to the guide. She is very well versed about the historical facts of the tour with an impeccable English. It was learning adventure for the children.

A must visit.
Written 14 July 2020
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Thank you for your kind words and excellent rating. Our guides enjoy showing people of all ages around the fort.
Written 15 July 2020
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NeilW1962
Tamworth, UK34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
Did intend to go here. But glad I did. It's a well-kept, lovely little museum. Had a superb 1 on 1 guided tour. My guide was super helpful and knew lots of little details.
It was 100 Rs to go in and have a personal tour. So excellent value
Written 24 February 2023
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Thank you for this detailed review, which will hopefully encourage others to take a few minutes to come into and discover our museum, which is conveniently located on the beautiful La Preneuse public Beach.
Written 22 March 2023
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Anouska H
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Friends
I visited the place with some colleagues on the occasion on the woman day. I was very impressed by the smiling welcome by the two ladies there namely Ingrid and the other one Marieana(sorry cannot remember well your name). We were given a very good and clear explanation about the tower, followed by a surprising gun explanation by Mr Thibault. The place is definitely to be visited.
Written 11 March 2020
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Thank you for your review, and wonderful rating a few days before the lockdown in Mauritius on the 19th of March. Michele Anne and Ingrid reopened the museum on the 2nd of July. It is open on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday mornings and all day on Friday. We are happy to have had a few visitors almost every day. Mr Thibault, our volunteer military expert has been at the tower every week sharing his knowledge and doing repairs.
Written 12 July 2020
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navina
Mauritius1 471 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2018 • Business
A very impressive place rich in history of the island.Worth a visit if you form part of heritage tourism.A guide available to give information and eventually explain the purpose of the different towers existed long ago.you can see uniforms of generals and soldiers, guns, water storage at that time, the canons weighing tonnes...whats more breathtaking is the view you get at the top of the tower.finally you can buy small souvenirs to remember your visit there.
Written 11 November 2018
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We really appreciate ratings and reviews like yours from heritage tourism. We hope that all our visitors will be inspired by the tour to actively support national and world wide heritage.
Written 4 December 2018
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stevieR
Coventry, UK93 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
So interesting and in such a good condition. An excellent English speaking guide took us around the tower and braved it onto the roof in the rain so that we didn't miss anything.
Written 4 February 2017
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Thank you for such a nice review.
Written 9 February 2017
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Yasmineperkins
Greater London, United Kingdom19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
A beautifully maintained museum with experienced tour guides.
Any question asked was answered thoroughly with extensive knowledge.
We had our 4 yr old who got a little bored with the exhibits, so I wouldn't advise this for young children.
There were muskets you could hold and an amazing view at the top of the tower.
Got great photos.
Definitely recommend.

Written 24 August 2016
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Thank you for your rating, and enthusiastic and informative review.
Written 27 August 2016
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kate331
Arcachon, France257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2016 • Couples
On The Road to Port Louis from The Morne Peninsula We decided to make a stop at La Preneuse to visit The Martello tower
Interesting guided visit about british print in Mauritius
It is a good way to learn history during holidays !
Written 13 July 2016
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thank you kate33. for your rating and positive review. Greatly appreciated.
Written 14 July 2016
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ancientmariner_12
St. Clement, UK30 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2013 • Couples
So called 'Martello' Towers - some 220 plus - were built throughout the then British Empire between 1796 and 1846 - see the excellent guide book on sale at this tower for full details.

Being from Jersey, where such 38 towers of varying designs were built, and also a bit of a maritime history anorak, this visit was a 'must'. The small museum is so enthusiastically supported by guide Jessica and her assistant. The very friendly and informative guided tour is well worth the very small entry cost.

Such an attraction can be overlooked and I was surprised that none of the White Sands tour guides knew of it and it was only the write-up of it in the current pocket size Berlitz guide that drew my attention to it prior to setting off for Mauritius.

Such 'small' attractions can only survive if supported by visitors and in turn supported by the Tourism Department of Mauritius - use it or loose it! We hired a taxi to drive us there from Belle Mare Plage and after our visit, had a coffee nearby (at an establishment recommended by Jessica), we set off for Port Louis and visited the salt pans on the way.

The Museum Guide which is on sale - Martello Towers of Mauritius - really does tell the whole story of how 'Martello' towers were named, their distribution and a wealth of salient facts. It also puts the Mauritius fortifications in context with those built throughout the Empire.

I'm on a mission to ensure that White Sands include it on their next A3 map, which they use to explain Mauritius to those on trips or planning visits and whatever else is possible to help give this tower a sustainable future.

Thanks Jessica! Despite a very limited budget and low visitor numbers, you do a fantastic job in presenting this tower to visitors. A copy of 'The Coastal Towers of Jersey' by William Davies will be purchased and sent to you.
Written 6 February 2013
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