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TripAdvisor Traveler Rating

4.0

based on 382 reviews

Location (map)

Pikk tn 70, Tallinn

Old Town

Fees

Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

info@meremuuseum.ee

+372 641 1408

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Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

Fully accessible
  • no step
  • treshold up to 2,5 cm
  • ramp gradient max 10%
  • doors width at least 70 cm

Great Coastal Gate and Fat Margaret Tower

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Guarding the north end of Pikk street, these two defensive structures provide an eye-opening glimpse into Tallinn's maritime past.

The medieval-era Great Coastal Gate (Suur Rannavärav) and Fat Margaret tower (Paks Margareeta) were built not only to defend the city from the seaward side of town, but also to impress any visitors arriving via the harbour.

These days Fat Margaret’s cannon tower is home to the Estonian Maritime Museum, which provides a detailed look at the all-important sea-faring aspect of Estonia’s history, displaying such things as Neolithic fishing gear, antique diving equipment, and even the entire wheelhouse from a 1950s-era trawler. The extensive museum covers four floors of the historic tower.

You can also access the tower's rooftop for a picture-postcard view of the Tallinn harbour and Old Town.

The Great Coastal Gate, along with the Viru Gates, are the last of six gates that controlled access to the town in medieval times. The gate system here on Pikk street originated in the 1300s, but it was during reconstruction in the early 16th century that the Fat Margaret cannon tower was added. Built from 1511 to 1530, this hefty, round tower has a diameter of 25 metres, a height of about 20 metres, and walls up to 5 metres thick.

The origins of Fat Margaret's name are a mystery. Some theories insist it was named for one of its larger cannons, while others hint at a cook called Margaret who once worked here.

In any case, the tower has served a number of different functions throughout its history. It has been used a storehouse for gunpowder and weapons, and as a prison.

Free entry with Tallinn Card!

Location (map)

Pikk tn 70, Tallinn

Old Town

Fees

Free with Tallinn Card

Contact

info@meremuuseum.ee

+372 641 1408

Information

More

Child-friendly

 

Accessibility

Fully accessible
  • no step
  • treshold up to 2,5 cm
  • ramp gradient max 10%
  • doors width at least 70 cm
TripAdvisor® Traveler Reviews

"Highly recommended for visit after renovation"

4.0

January 14, 2020, by Licka K

The Fat Margaret Tower as an original part of the Estonian Maritime Museum was opened after the total renovation on November 28, 2019. And it’s really worth visiting it, if you interested in the... Read more

"Superb location"

4.0

January 4, 2020, by Clare Marie D

I stayed in room 109 as a single room. With en suite. The room was a good size and was exceptionally clean. The decor was slightly tired but the hostel is extremely well priced and good safe... Read more

"Worth a visit "

4.0

January 3, 2020, by pacmom04

The museum costs £10 per adult and £5 for 9-18. It has a very nice collection of ship models across many floors. There are nice sitting area you can listen to history and great view from the the top... Read more

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