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.

From Sunday 6th September we will be open on Wednesdays and Sundays until Sunday 27th September

Our Tea Room is also open and moved to the Long Gallery for extra space.

Although the house is closed to visitors from October, schools and groups are welcome to book in for a visit

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