Planning Your Visit

We are closed to general visitors until 25th March 2018

Layer Marney Tower is a grand Tudor house of Italian design. Built as a statement house by Henry, Lord Marney, it was visited by both Henry VIII and later by his daughter Elizabeth I. The house is unfinished, Lord Marney died before he could complete the building and his son, John, died two years later leaving only daughters who were unable to inherit.

Visitors to Layer Marney Tower can enjoy climbing to the top of the Tower, wandering through the gardens and following the Wildlife Walk. They may then enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake in the Tea Room and to buy a souvenir in the shop.


Click on the titles below and reveal the information to help plan your visit.

Entrance Charges

Day and Season Tickets


Come to Layer Marney Tower for the day with your friends and family for £9.00 for adults £5.00 for children.  A family ticket is £25.00 for two adults and two children. Treat yourself to a season ticket and you can visit throughout the year whenever you would like for a one off fee. 2018 Season Tickets can be bought now.

  • Adults
  • Children
  • Family (2 adults, 2 children)
  • Group Visit
  • Guided Tour

Day Tickets

  • £9.00
  • £5.00
  • £25.00
  • £8.00 pp
  • £14.00 pp

Season Tickets

  • £25.00
  • £15.00
  • £65.00
  • £8.00 pp
  • £14.00 pp

Please Note:
Some special events have additional entry charges to cover running costs.

Opening Times

Opening Times

We will open again from Sunday 25th March – Sunday 30th September for the summer season.  See below for specific days. We also open throughout the year for weddings, school trips, conferences, parties, guided tours etc.

  • March
  • April – June
  • July & August
  • September
  • Bank Holidays

Days of the Week

  • Sunday 25th & Wednesday 29th
  • Sunday & Wednesday
  • Sunday – Thursday
  • Sunday & Wednesday
  • Sunday & Monday


  • 12 noon – 5.00 pm
  • 12 noon – 5.00 pm
  • 12 noon – 5.00 pm
  • 12 noon – 5.00 pm
  • 11.00 am – 5.00 pm

2018 Opening Times

We open to visitors on Sunday 25th March 2018 until Sunday 30th September please see panel above for which days or telephone 01206 330784


Please Note:
We remain open througout the year for weddings, conferences, meetings, school visits, special events, guided tours and group visits.

How to Get Here

Layer Marney Tower is situated in the village of Layer Marney just outside of Colchester in Essex. For full directions on how to find Layer Marney Tower go to our Contact Page.

Click here to download our Map and Directions PDF.