Lewis’s Tower

Get away from it all in a 1835 coastal tower

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2 nights from £190

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Lewis’s Tower sits in the rugged landscape of the dunes, close to a nature reserve. The Tower has direct beach access and makes a perfect base for exploring the majestic sweep of St Ouen’s Bay.

Built in 1835 to defend Jersey’s coast against French attack, Lewis’s Tower is one of several fortifications built in St Ouen’s Bay at that time. Split over two levels, this granite tower provides basic coastal tower accommodation with electricity and lighting but is not connected to any other utilities.

Public toilets (open 24 hours) are located close by.

Situated in Jersey’s National Park, Lewis’s Tower is close to many beachfront cafés and restaurants. The Jersey surf school is close by and two golf courses are a short distance away. Barge Aground, one of Jersey Heritage’s self-catering properties, is just a hundred yards away.

Local regulations insist that there should be no tents erected on site or in the surrounding area. There are six beds within the tower and guests must bring their own sleeping bags. Rubbish must be cleared and removed from the tower. This nearly 200 year old fort can be susceptible to small leaks and dripping water from the ceiling following periods of heavy rain.

Can accommodate up to six people overnight and guests must bring their own sleeping bags.

Aerial images courtesy of Traces of War Jersey.

    "The Tower is perfect for weekend beach break!"

    Facilities in detail

    • Basic coastal tower property
    • Electricity and lighting
    • Kettle and fridge
    • No running water
    • Public toilet facilities approx. 50 meters away
    • Dogs allowed
    • Parking is located 50 yards away
    • No disabled access
    • WiFi not available



    2 Nights
    Low Season
    2 Nights
    Mid Season
    2 Nights
    High Season
    4 Jan – 31 Mar
    26 Oct – 20 Dec
    1 Apr – 31 May
    20 Sept – 25 Oct
    1 Jun – 19 Sept
    20 Dec – 4 Jan 2022
    £194.00 £220.00 £234.00


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    Jersey has a wide range of defensive fortifications from prehistoric times through to the 1940’s. St Ouen’s Bay is one of the most exposed stretches of coast in Jersey and was historically vulnerable to invasion. The 18th century witnessed a period of increased political tension between Britain and France and because of its geographical location Jersey was more or less on a continuous war footing. King William IV enquired as to the state of Jersey’s coastal defences in 1831 and a report was commissioned from Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis, the Commanding Engineer in Jersey. It was found that new measures would be necessary alongside a chain of batteries and coastal defence towers (known as Conway towers) which already existed in locations along St Ouen’s Bay.

    The States of Jersey ordered that work commence on the construction of new coastal defences on 3rd March 1832 and a series of towers of the English Martello pattern was built. Following a dispute in the local court for the ownership of the land, the Tower was completed in 1835 at a cost of £798.00. As part of the western coastal defences, Lewis’s Tower housed one heavy gun, an officer and 18 men with a magazine capable of containing 90 barrels of powder. In 1839, the outisde of the Tower was coated in cement due to a report where it was considered damp and needed to be made weather tight.

    By 1922, after some years of neglect, Lewis’s Tower was sold privately by the War Department to the States of Jersey. During the German Occupation of Jersey, 1940-1945, Lewis’s Tower was requisitioned. A concrete  housing was added to the base of the tower for a mobile 3.7cm anti-tank gun and a new entrance door created at ground level. Following the end of the Occupation, Lewis’s Tower was transferred in ownership to the Public of the Island of Jersey and opened as a self-catering let in 2007.

    To read more about Lewis’s Tower, please see our conservation statement.

    Images can be found at Société Jeriasie

    Property FAQ

    How many does this property accommodate? Lewis’s Tower can accommodate up to 6 people.

    Can I hire the property for one night? The minimum number of nights available for all of our properties (except for guided experience properties) is two nights.

    What facilities are there? Lewis’s Tower is one of our basic coastal tower properties, it has electricity and lighting, but no running water or toilet facilities. Public toilet facilities are available 24 hours a day a short walk away. Very much like camping you will need to bring all of your sleeping equipment with you. There are six beds are located in the tower.

    How do I collect the keys? Keys for Lewis’s Tower can be collected from Jersey Museum on the day of booking

    Is a deposit required? £200 refundable deposit is required on collection of the keys from Jersey Museum. Deposits are returned following the property being checked by a site supervisor, subject to terms and conditions.

    Visiting Jersey

    How do I get to Jersey? Jersey is within easy reach of the UK and Europe by air and by sea. During the summer Jersey is served by over 40 departure points across the British Isles, including both scheduled and charter flights. From London airports there are up to 12 flights a day to the Island, with journey times of less than one hour. If you wish to bring your car to the Island, fast ferry services leave from the south coast of England and northern France from St Malo.

    Can I hire a car in Jersey? There are several companies you can hire a car from on the island, either before hand or on arrival. We can recommend Avis for car hire. You will get the best rates by going on their website www.avisjersey.co.uk

    Is it easy to travel around Jersey? The Island is nine miles long by five miles wide and is easy to navigate by car or bike. There is also a good public bus system which operates throughout the year.

    Can I hire a bike in Jersey? Jersey is great location for cycling with dedicated cycle tracks winding through the island, green lanes and open coast roads.

    What currency is accepted in Jersey? Both Jersey and Bank of England notes are legal tender in Jersey and circulate together, alongside the Guernsey pound and Scottish banknotes. Some retailers also accept Euros.

    Booking & Payment

    Can I pay a deposit? For our coastal tower properties, the full amount is due upon booking and a refundable £200 cash deposit is due on collection of the keys.

    How can I pay? We accept Maestro (if issued in the UK), Visa, MasterCard and direct bank transfers.

    How do I pick up the key? For coastal tower bookings, keys are collected from Jersey Museum, St Helier on the presentation of £200 cash deposit.

    How can I cancel or change my booking? If you wish to cancel or change your booking, please contact our Jersey Heritage Lets team. Please note our cancellation policy detailed on your terms and conditions.

    What time can I check-in and check-out? Keys can be collected for Coastal Tower properties from Jersey Museum between 1.00pm and 4.00pm on the day of your booking, upon producing a £200 cash deposit, and must be returned to Jersey Museum by 12.00pm on the day of your departure.

    How far in advance do I need to book? We always recommend to book as far in advance as possible as some of our properties are very popular, especially in the summer months, however we often have availability at short notice. We often require at least two week’s notice for a booking but please contact our Jersey Heritage Lets team to enquire.

    Do you have to be a Jersey Heritage member to book a property? No, our properties are available to everyone; however Jersey Heritage members receive special discounts and promotions. To find out more, please go to our Jersey Heritage members’ page.

    What happens if I can’t get to Jersey due to bad weather or I am delayed?  If for any reason you cannot travel to Jersey or your booking dates are affected by weather then please call the Jersey Heritage Lets Team as soon as possible. We do not operate a cancellation insurance policy and you will be responsible for any travel and accommodation costs incurred by you in relation to the booking. Please refer to our cancellation policy in our terms and conditions.

    What should you bring?

    For our more basic, coastal tower properties we recommend all of the above as per our self-catering items, with some additional extras.

    Food provisions – Our Coastal Towers are a great base for your next adventure, but no explorer can venture out without suitable provisions. We do not provide any food or refreshments at our Coastal Towers.

    Disposable barbeque – Bring along a barbeque to cook your food during your stay.

    Sleeping bags, pillows and camp beds – Some of our coastal towers do have beds, so to ensure a comfy night’s sleep please ensure you bring along any bed linen you will need.

    Toilet roll – Whilst most of our Coastal Towers are located near a public toilet, for which we supply a key where necessary, an essential part of our packing should include toilet roll for when nature calls!

    Find out more about what’s happening at Jersey Heritage during your stay here, or Jersey Tourism for a full of Island activities. If you have a question for our team about booking your stay, please email us.

    Terms & Conditions

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