Welcome to Layer Marney Tower
England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse, Layer Marney Tower stands within the Essex landscape, commanding views to the River Blackwater and beyond. Built in the reign of Henry VIII by Henry, Lord Marney, Layer Marney Tower is a statement house, that shows its original owner was rich, powerful and a friend of the King. The ornate terracotta decorations are of Italian design, the extravagant use of glass, diaper patterns in the brick work and its commanding height, add to its grandeur and importance.
Although this is a stunning and imposing building, Layer Marney Tower remains a family home, skilfully adapted for the perfect Essex wedding venue. We also cater for receptions, conferences, parties, school groups in Essex all year round.
Visitors have been welcomed to Layer Marney Tower for over 500 years and we warmly welcome you to come and visit and find out more. We are open throughout the year for weddings, school visits, guided tours, group visits, special events, corporate events etc.
We are now open Sundays through to Thursdays 11am to 5pm. Our Tea Room is also open within the Long Gallery.
Take a look at our Events for 2020. We will resume our House Opening and Events when the current situation is over and we are given permission to do so by the government.