Educational Visits in Essex

Open throughout the year for school groups, from Reception through to Sixth Form, England’s tallest Tudor gatehouse, Layer Marney Tower, offers an exciting range of educational programmes.  The cost is £8.00 per child plus VAT (minimum charge £240 plus VAT) 1 adult per 10 children free, 1:1 support staff free.  Any additional adults – £7 per person including VAT.

We are delighted to have been given a Sandford Award. This is an independently judged and quality assured award for education in heritage sites. Some of the others to be given a Sandford Award in 2016 are; Beaulieu, Durham Cathedral, The Fitzwilliam Museum and Kensington Palace.  The judge summed up her report saying “The day is well-paced, varied and includes many learning styles.  The chldren are actively involved and encouraged to relate to what they have studied in school to the history of the site.  The teachers can be assured of a warm welcome, a well organised day and a first rate learning experience for their pupils”.

Built in the 1520’s by Henry, Lord Marney, Privy Councillor to Henry VII and Henry VIII, he accompanied Henry VIII to the Field of the Cloth of Gold, we are an ideal place to come and learn about Tudor life. However, we can offer more, providing days covering; Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age, Romans, Vikings, Anglo Saxons, Normans, Medieval, Egyptians, and Greeks.

The Education Team

Our Education Officer, Hilary Mynott, is a qualified teacher, specialising in practical, hands on exploration.

Hilary and the other Education team members are qualified and DBS checked. They can help you decide the schedule for the day and what education topics to cover during your visit.

We welcome pre-trip visits, telephone or email to make an appointment.  For  more information about the courses and our facilities you can email or call us on 01206 330 784.

Browse through our two education sections displayed below to learn more about booking your education trip at Layer Marney Tower.


Thank you very much for the Roman day at Layer Marney Tower. Both Y3 and Y4 enjoyed themselves and gained further knowledge on the Romans.  The activities were “hands on” and involved all members of the class.

We all had a fantastic day

Y3 and Y4 Teacher – November 2018

Harlow Primary School – Romans November 2018

“A wonderful day; enjoyed by all of the children.  They especially loved the archery!  The facilitator was incredibly knowledgeable and made learning fun for the children.  Many thanks for a wonderful day”


Year 4 Teacher

Witham Primary School – Year 4, Anglo Saxons and Vikings

Thank you for a lovely day.  Our children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned a lot about the lives of Anglo Saxons

Year 5 Teacher

A Chelmsford Junior School – Anglo Saxons, November 2018

Loved the addition of the lambs being fed, a great extra to add to the children’s experience.  Thank you all for a super day!

Colchester Prep School – Tudor Day

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