Portrait of a re-enactor who looks like Henry VIII. Text over the top with the name of the event.


The first of our big 500 celebrations.

In August 1522, Henry VIII paid a visit to Henry Marney at Layer Marney Tower. Join us on the 21st August as we commemorate 500 years since this visit & take you back to Tudor times.

There will be lots going on with actors of Henry Marney & Henry VIII, a medicine woman, craftsmen & many more. We also have lots of activities and shows throughout the day such as, Eden Falconry bringing some of their birds of prey, maypole dancing & archery

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  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets
  • Wheelchairs available

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Venue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding receptions


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Public toilets
  • Smoking not allowed

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions


Road Directions

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 9USBy Bus: The 75 bus from Colchester Town Centre will take you to Smythe's Green, a 20mn walk from Layer Marney Tower.The nearest railway station is Kelvedon, which is 6 miles away.

The Big 500 Celebrations at Layer Marney Tower

Type:Historical Event

Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US

Tel: 01206 330784

Opening Times

Season (21 Aug 2022)


Layer Marney TowerLayer Marney Tower, ColchesterMagnificent Tudor building with the tallest Gatehouse in Britain and 16th century Italianate terracotta. Climb the tower, visit the gardens, outbuildings dolls house, church and farm animals. Cafe and shop.