Great Coastal Gate and Fat Margaret tower

The Fat Margaret is being renovated and will be re-opened in the autumn of 2019. 

The Great Coastal Gate and the Fat Margaret 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 near the port in the northern part of the Old Town of Tallinn. In the 16th century, during the reconstruction of the gate, the Fat Margaret artillery tower was built nearby.
Today, the tower houses the 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. 

The Fat Margaret is being renovated and will be re-opened in the autumn of 2019. 

The Great Coastal Gate and the Fat Margaret tower were built to protect the city from the seaside, but

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  • wide round tower

    A broad circular tower, in sharp contract to that on the other side of the city gate. Appeared to be under restoration this summer. There's also a view-point close by.

  • Will be better when the museum reopens

    Fat Margaret is a round 16th century Canon Tower housing the Estonian Maritime Museum. The museum is currently closed and not due to reopen until late 2019. Fat Margaret’s walls are amazingly...

  • Photogenic, as something a little unusual

    It was closed when we passed by it. Thought of it as being "the mother" of all our Martello Towers back in the UK. You can't miss it if you approach the Old Town from that side of the walls.


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