Layer Marney Tower


Opening Times

Thursday 22 June 2023, Saturday 24 June 2023 and Sunday 25 June 2023 – times vary. Gardens open in advance for picnics.


Wild Arts Opera returns with a brilliant new production of Donizetti’s most popular opera, performed in a renovated barn at the 500-year-old Tudor palace in the Essex countryside. 


The Elixir of Love is full of tunes, romance and mischievous comedy. 

Fully staged in costume and sung in English by a stunning cast. 


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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 Essex Summer Opera Festival at Layer Marney – The Elixir of Love

Type:Music - Classical

St Quintin’s Barn, Layer Marney Tower, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US

Opening Times

Season (22 June 2023 - 25 June 2023)

* Performances on 22, 24 & 25 June. Gardens open 2hr prior to start time for picnics.