Layer Marney Tower
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- Reduced price with National Art Pass.
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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.
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.
£5.25 with National Art Pass (standard entry £7)
20 Mar – 25 Sep
Sun & Wed, 12noon – 5pm
1 Jul – 31 Aug
Sun – Thu, 12noon – 5pm
Bank Holidays, 11am – 5pm
Additional opening dates over Easter school holidays