Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney Tower is an incomplete Tudor palace built in the early part of Henry VIII’s reign. Set in a lovely garden, it has the tallest gatehouse in the country, and has stunning views over the Blackwater estuary, some five miles away. It was built by Henry, 1st Lord Marney and Henry VIII’s Lord Privy Seal, who decided he wanted a house magnificent enough to reflect his importance. The Italianate terracotta around the windows and battlements are very fine, and so impressed Henry VIII that he came to stay.

Coach accessibleDogs allowedGroup discountsPicnic areaRestaurant / CaféShopWheelchair accessible

Opening times and prices

April to June and September, Wednesday and Sunday 12noon – 5pm.
July and August, Sunday to Thursday 12noon – 5pm.
Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday 11am – 5pm.
Admission – £7 adults, £4.50 children, £20 family ticket (2 adults, 2 children). Season tickets also available.

Please note that we do not have disabled access to the tower.


Nr. Colchester, Essex CO5 9US
01206 330784

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