Great Coastal Gate and Fat Margaret's Tower

Great Coastal Gate and Fat Margaret's Tower were built to protect the city from the seaside, but also to impress quests arriving by sea. The Great Coastal Gate (built at the same time with the city wall) is located in the northern part of the Old Town of Tallinn near the port. In the 16th century, during the reconstruction of the gate, the Fat Margaret's artillery tower was built nearby.

Today, the Fat Margaret houses Estonian Maritime Museum. The Museum exhibits a remarkable collection of ship models from different eras. The viewing platform on the roof of the tower offers a view over the Old Town and the Bay of Tallinn. In the summer, the only rooftop café in the Tallinn Old Town is open there.


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  • theparrott theparrott

    Maritime museum with no English translation and a Japanese exhibit

    The Maritime museum inside the Fat Margaret is not very good. It is 6 euros each and the exhibits have no English translation leaving you wondering what is going on. In the base is a Japenese...

  • TeahouseToTeahouse TeahouseToTeahouse

    Good basic hostel

    This is maybe best HOSTEL in Tallinn. Quality of staff depends day, but often there is very kindly and helpful atmosphere. Its very nice that you can you luggageroom before and after checkinn- and...

  • 0721_D 0721_D

    16th Century Mediaeval Artillery Tower Plus Defensive Tower of Old Tallinn's City Walls.

    There are a lot of really interesting and unique historical sites to visit in Old Tallinn. Fat Margaret Tower is one of them. It is also an Estonian Maritime Museum (was founded in 20th Century, in...

Features and amenities


Pikk tänav 70, Kesklinna linnaosa, Tallinn

Getting there


  • Signposted
  • On foot only


59°26'33''N 24°44'58''E | Download GPX file