Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney Tower is England's tallest Tudor gatehouse, and a dramatic presence in the Essex landscape. From the top there are panoramic views towards the River Blackwater and beyond.

Henry Lord Marney, Lord Privy Seal, began to build his impressive statement house during the reign of Henry VIII, but he only completed the gatehouse and main range before his death.

Following the latest fashion, terracotta was used for decoration on turrets, windows and tombs in the church. The monarch himself paid a visit, and so did his daughter Elizabeth 1.

Climb the Tower  for magnificent views, and visit the church and the Long Gallery, which was once used as stables but converted in Edwardian times.

Visitor information

Layer Marney's romantic gardens include a Tudor knot garden and tree-lined lawns ideal for picnics. The Tea Room in the old stable offers light lunches, teas and cakes.

Next door, the well-stocked shop has a selection of souvenirs, gifts, cards and local produce. School groups can come to the Tower to learn about the Tudors, and there's a wildlife trail to follow.

Venue details

Layer Marney Tower Near Colchester Essex CO5 9US 01206 330784

Entry details

£5.25 with National Art Pass (standard entry £7)

20 Mar – 25 Sep

Mar –​Jun
Sun & Wed, 12noon – 5pm

1 Jul – 31 Aug
Sun – Thu, 12noon – 5pm

Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm

Additional opening dates over Easter school holidays