Planning Your Visit

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. 2017 Season Tickets can be bought now.

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

Day Tickets

  • £9.00
  • £5.00
  • £25.00
  • £7.00 pp
  • £12.00 pp

Season Tickets

  • £25.00
  • £15.00
  • £65.00
  • £7.00 pp
  • £12.00 pp

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

Opening Times

Opening Times

Layer Marney Tower is now closed until 2017. We are open again from Sunday 26th March – Sunday 1st October. See web site for which days. 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 26th & 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

2017 Opening Times

26th March – 1st October.  March-June Sunday and Wednesday afternoons.  July and August Sunday – Thursday afternoons.  September Sunday and Wednesday afternoons.

There will be extra opening for bottle feeding the lambs in the Easter Holidays

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.