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.
In July and August we are open to general visitors on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 12 noon – 5.00 p.m. We are never open on Fridays or Saturdays.
If you are particularly interested in the history come on one of the days we have a Tour. Guided Tours are for groups of 20 or more and cost £12.00 per person, generally led by one of the owners, they are a really good way to get a feel for the Tower and why it is such a grand and ornate building that was never finished. Guided Tours can be arranged throughout the year. Invitation to View is a guided tour for individuals there are five Invitations to View tours during the summer. Book through the Mercury Theatre 01206 573948. On some Sundays during the summer we have informal Tower Tours when a staff member will lead a group up the Tower giving some background history. No need to book, see the events’ list for dates.