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Visiting Layer Marney Tower

The Layer Marney Tower poses a great day out in Essex. Although it is the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in the country, Layer Marney Tower doesn’t dominate the skyline until you are almost upon it. However, sail up the River Blackwater as a marauding invader and you couldn’t fail to be impressed by its stately grandeur. The site was chosen following the defeat of the Anglo Saxons at the Battle of Maldon in 991, as a good look out point. The Marney family had a dwelling here probably from 1166, but it is the Tudor Palace, built by Henry, Lord Marney, that people now come to see.

 

If you are particularly interested in the history come on one of the days we have a Tour.  Tower Tours are informal and will give you the basic background to the Marney family, no need to book, no extra charge.  Invitation to View is a tour that goes into parts of the house not normally open to visitors and looks more deeply into the history.

We are open  to general visitors on Sundays and Wednesday afternoons 12 noon – 5.00 p.m.  and Bank Holidays.

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