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The tallest Tudor gatehouse in the country, Layer Marney Tower was built in the 1520's by Lord Marney, friend to both Henry VII and Henry VIII.

A statement house, of grand design, decorated with ornate terracotta. Layer Marney has been a family home for over 500 years. Lord Marney planned a much larger house, with three additional wings built round a grand central courtyard, but he died before it was finished and his only son died two years later. There is still plenty to see...

Climb the Tower for magnificent views over the River Blackwater estuary. On the way up stop off to enjoy the huge dolls' house, built in the Georgian style. See the East Anglian art in the Batte Lay Foundation Art Exhibition and just before you reach the top, check out the Crowns and Crests Exhibition. On loan from the College of Arms, these crowns and crests once belonged to Garter Knights and were on show in St George's Chapel Windsor.

There is a model of what the Tower might have looked like if Lord Marney had lived longer. There is a mediaeval barn and the Tudor stables were converted into our Long Gallery in Edwardian times. Wander through the gardens to the church, before enjoying a cup of tea and cake in the Stables Tea Room.




3rd April 2019 - 29th September 2019 April

April, May and June: Sundays and Wednesdays - 11.00 to last entry at 4.00 pm

July and August: Sunday - Thursday 11.00 am to last entry 4.00 pm

September: Sunday and Wednesday 11.00 am to last entry 4.00 pm

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Midway between Colchester and Tiptree, just off the B1022 Colchester to Tiptree road.



Car park on site

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Parking is available and is free for Historic Houses members when visiting the property for free.


SS Cabs 01206 817399


Historic Houses members visit for free. 

Adults: £9
Children: £5
Families (2 adults, 2 children): £25.00

  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible toilets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
Group Visits
Group Visits

Guided Tours and Group Visits are available throughout the year.

Enjoy a day out with your social group, team or club and arrange a Guided Tour to Layer Marney Tower. The cost for groups of 20 or more people, is £14.00 per person for 2018 and the tour is generally taken by the owners.

Guided Tours go into parts of the house not normally open to visitors.  If you are interested in the history, then this is the very best way to visit the Tower.

Although there are a lot of steps to the top of the Tower, it is a very gentle climb and plenty of stopping off points on the way.

There is a reduced entry cost of £8.00 for groups of 20 or more people coming as general visitors.

Please contact us to book either a Guided Tour or Group Visit, 01206 330784.  

A word from the owner

Did you know, Henry VIII visited whilst the house was being built, he stayed for two nights.

Things to See

Upcoming events

18 Sep 2019

Layer Marney Tower, nr Tiptree, Essex

This incomplete Grade I red-brick Tudor Palace  was built by Henry, First Lord Marney, Henry VIII's Lord Privy and  has stories to tell from nearly 500 years of history. It is known that Henry VIII came to stay, suspected that Elizabeth I dropped by for a brief rest and had a glorious Edwardian period.

The range of buildings is about 300 feet long, with the tower stretching 80 feet high. Layer Marney Tower is the tallest Tudor gatehouse in the country. Although it has had many owners, it has always been a family home - each family rich enough to live there but not rich enough to change it.

The house has a lovely garden and close by, the church stands with the tombs of the Marney Family.  The wooden Essex Barn predates the house. There are two exhibitions in the tower, Crowns and Crests from Knights of the Garter 1953 -2003 and Pictures from East Anglian Artists from the Victor Batte Laye Trust.

Wedding guests at Layer Marney Tower


Layer Marney Tower is one of the most romantic places in England: the beautiful Tudor buildings are surrounded by picturesque gardens set in attractive parkland, with breathtaking views to the Blackwater Estuary and countyside – your perfect Essex wedding venue.

The Tower and gardens combine formality and intimacy, ensuring a Layer Marney Tower wedding will leave you with wonderful and lasting memories.


  • Suppliers list
  • Guest parking
  • Wedding planner
  • Accessible parking
  • Bridal suite

Layer Marney Tower was the perfect venue and backdrop for our wedding on 1st June. The staff were all so efficient and every detail was managed from start to finish which meant the day was so relaxed and enjoyable for us and our guests. Graham was also the perfect chauffeur and you even provided us with wonderful sunshine! Thank you all so very much

Jo & Stuart

Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Layer Marney Tower is one of the most beautiful and spectacular places in Britain. The tallest Tudor Gatehouse in the country, the building remains true to its Tudor heritage, but has been skilfully adapted to meet twenty-first century business needs.

Whether you are looking for somewhere for a large conference or a small off-site meeting, there are suitable rooms available.

The extensive grounds, gardens and parkland make it ideal for team building and awaydays, whilst the flexibility of the inside accommodation allows for large presentations for a product launch or a stunning backdrop for corporate entertaining.

Flexibility and attention to detail are two of the reasons why both large and small organisations choose Layer Marney Tower for their corporate events. Our Corporate Team are available to discuss, advise and plan your day, as well as being on hand during the event to ensure it runs smoothly,


  • Wifi
  • Accessible toilets
  • Plentiful parking
  • Projector and screen
  • Lunch
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments

School Visits

We cover lesson plans for EYFS, KS1, KS2 and KS3. An educational visit to Layer Marney Tower is a fantastic experience for your children, however much they have learnt in school, if they are studying the Tudors, it is when they meet a “cunning woman” for “real” and are offered some of her cures for their common ailments – a live frog down the throat for a sore throat, etc or realise that nettles were a staple food for peasants, Tudor life comes to life.

Although we are a Tudor building, there has been habitation on this site for hundreds of years. Therefore we have new courses that can fit in with the new Curriculum.