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Hadlow Tower

Hadlow Tower, High Street, Hadlow, Kent TN11 0EG View on map

Hadlow Tower is the tallest standing folly in the UK and was restored in 2013. Built by Walter Barton May and designed by George Ledwell Taylor Civil Architect to the Royal Navy in 1838. The lantern was added in 1840 bringing the total height of the tower to 170 feet. The octagonal tower consists of seven storeys and is rendered brick to imitate stone with the finer architectural detail and decoration built up in Roman cement render.


Opening Arrangements

Open most Thursdays throughout the year (except school holidays) and some additional days. Please refer to website for more details. Tours must be booked in advance.

Admission Charges

  • Adult: £9.50
  • Child: £6.50
  • Other Charges: Free to students of architecture or history


Nearest railway station at Tonbridge or West Malling.

Parking Spaces

No vehicle access on to site apart from pre-arranged wheelchair bound visitors.

Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Partial
  • Disabled Toilets: Yes
  • Assistance dogs: No