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image for Historic Site item typeLayer Marney Tower

  • Essex Tourism Awards
  • Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme

Historic Site, £4-£6

Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney Tower

Details

Layer Marney Tower near Colchester in Essex is the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in the UK, a magnificent building standing 80 feet tall within stunning grounds.
The Tower stands on the shores of the river Blackwater, and construction was initiated by Lord Henry Marney in the 1520s, a close friend of Henry VIII. The Gatehouse and ranges which were continued by his son after his death were supposed to be part of a grand palace, but construction ceased after his son's death. What stands today is a glimpse into the luxurious aspirations of a 16th century lord, now a family-run venue which opens its doors to the public at certain times of the year, and it still does not fail to impress.

Events run throughout the year, often on Bank holidays or weekends, are always a fun mix of historic and contemporary activities:
" Guided Tours of the tower are run by Sheila and Nick Charrington, the owners of Layer Marney Tower
" Plays, shows and re-enactments are often put on in the grounds, with costumes to make you wonder what century you have travelled to.
" Join in with lamb feeding in the grounds' farm
" Attend the village fete or fairs, as well as live music and concerts
" If camping's not for you, then try glamping in Layer Marney Tower Grounds. It's all the excitement and wildness of camping, with less cold showers and bugs.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Children welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedGuided tours for individualsGuided tours for groupsSmoking not allowedVenue approved for civil marriageWedding receptions

Opening details

Layer Marney Tower is open to the public on Mondays and Sundays in May and June, as well as on special occasions such as Heritage Open Days and Invitation to View.
It can be hired out privately for weddings and functions throughout the year.

Prices

Adults £9.00 per person
Children (3-15) £5.00 per person
Family (two adults and two children ) £25.00

Events at this Venue

date event
Sun 7 May Tower Tour
Mon 29 May Layer Marney Village Fete
Wed 7 Jun Invitation to View
Sun 18 Jun Classic Cars
Mon 3 - Thu 6 Jul Tractor Rides at Layer Marney Tower
Thu 6 Jul Tower Tour

Contact

Layer Marney Tower

01206 330784

Address

Layer Marney,
Colchester,
Essex,
CO5 9US

Location

Directions

See location of Layer Marney Tower on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TL 928174  Lat: 51.82194 Long: 0.79613

By Road:
By car: Layer Marney Tower is a 20mns drive from Colchester town centre, off Maldon Road on the way to Tiptree.

The address is: Layer Marney Tower, Layer Marney, Nr. Colchester, Essex C05 9US

By Bus: The 75 bus from Colchester Town Centre will take you to Smythe's Green, a 20mn walk from Layer Marney Tower.

Parking: free

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups
  • Smoking not allowedSmoking not allowed
  • Venue approved for civil marriageVenue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding receptionsWedding receptions