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Maunsell Sea Forts, United Kingdom

From series “Famous Abandoned Military Bases and Forts”
The sea forts of Maunsell are one of the most unusual military installations, that are by fate in ruins. They were built during the Second World War at the mouth of the Mercy and Thames rivers. Already in the late 50-ies of the last century the structures were out of order and stopped being used. In the 1960s, one of the abandoned offshore platforms was captured by one of the local residents, proclaiming its territory an independent state of Sealand. The rest of the forts are still in desolation. Absolutely everyone can visit them.

Maunsell Sea Forts, United Kingdom The construction of sea forts, which were an important component of British air defense, was carried out under the project of a famous engineer Gaius Ansell Maunsell. The best specialists of the British navy and the British Army worked on the implementation of his project. It is important to note that 87 towers were necessary for the initial design, but in fact only 21 towers were built in the structure of the three forts. Each of the towers was equipped with radars, anti-aircraft guns and searchlights, and on some towers today fragments of once powerful weapons can be found. During the war in the territory of each fort there were 120 soldiers. In the war years, the benefits of the sea forts were invaluable. More than 20 German aircraft, as well as more than 30 cruise missiles, were destroyed from them. Excursions to Fort Mounsell are very popular among tourists. In order to visit this desolate object yourself, it is enough to rent a boat. Next - Balaclava Naval Base

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ATM bankomat: 'Asda Harwich Supermarket' located in 14 km ( check the route on the map).
Car rental office: 'Pavilion Auto Services Ltd' is located in 13 km ( on the map).
Fuel station: 'Morrisons' in 13 km
Supermarket: 'Morrisons' in 13 km
Parking: 'Newbourne Springs' in 19 km
Apotheek: 'Phillips Mobility' in 11 km
Police station: 'Felixstowe Police Station' in 12 km
Cafe/restaurant: 'The Tower Hotel' in 14 km
Railway station: 'Felixstowe' in 11 km

Nearest airports:
 »  Southend Airport SEN - in 64 km
 »  Stansted Airport STN - in 83 km
 »  Lakenheath RAF Airport LKZ - in 84 km
 »  Norwich Airport NWI - in 87 km
 »  Rochester Airport RCS - in 90 km
 Cities nearby

Best hotels near Maunsell Sea Forts

Castle Lodge

Located in 11 km from Maunsell Sea Forts
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Rooms: 10
Rooms at Castle Lodge come elegantly decorated with print wallpaper and large windows. Some rooms boast sea views and all have en suite facilities, a … More: photo, rates and booking
The Hotel Continental

Located in 14 km from Maunsell Sea Forts
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Rooms: 14
Each en suite room at The Hotel Continental has a TV, radio, tea/coffee and Wi-Fi. Apartments have flower arrangement on the lounge ceiling, modern … More: photo, rates and booking
Premier Inn Harwich

Located in 16 km from Maunsell Sea Forts
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Rooms: 45
Some of the comfortable rooms at Premier Inn can accommodate 2 adults and 2 children (under 16 years). The 2 children are also served a free full … More: photo, rates and booking
Lifehouse Spa And Hotel

Located in 21 km from Maunsell Sea Forts
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Rooms: 89
Bicycles and wellington boots are available upon request, and the pretty seaside town of Frinton-on-Sea is within 4 miles of Lifehouse Spa & Hotel … More: photo, rates and booking

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Top destination around Maunsell Sea Forts - Ipswich

In the vicinity of the city is a unique archaeological area of ​​Sutton-Hoo. It is a large necropolis, the area of ​​which is about 245 acres. The opening of this archaeological area was held in 1939. During the exploration of the area, many treasures were discovered: ancient ornaments, funeral accessories, weapons and other attributes that have become a real discovery for archaeologists of the United Kingdom. Today the district is fully equipped for tourists; there are many paths for walks, cozy recreation areas and even playgrounds for children.
In the variety of cultural institutions in Ipswich, it is worth mentioning the Felixstowe Museum. It is a large museum complex, which is housed in former military buildings. Its visitors can see a lot of interesting exhibitions. In the museum, there is a hall with historical artifacts, as well as archaeological discoveries dating back to the times of the Roman Empire. This museum has a very interesting photo archive, and even exhibitions of contemporary art are often held in it.

In the variety of architectural monuments, it is worth highlighting the Sparrow's mansion. It is incredibly beautiful and surrounded by a well-groomed garden. An interesting museum also works within the walls of this mansion now. It managed to preserve the atmosphere which it took from the last hosts. In the mansion, there is also a large hall reserved for the storage of paintings. In the rooms, there are collections of antique furniture, utensils and
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