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.

In 2016 we were 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 the same year were; 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.


I came to this lovely peaceful place as part of a school trip on Tuesday.  1.  Beautiful setting  2.  Age appropriate activities  3. Organised staff  4.  Interesting and informative.  Just want to say that the children’s feedback said it all, they wrote about the trip with enthusiasm and remembered the detail.  Some of the adjectives used were, fun, fantastic, interesting, they are only KS1 but the age appropriate activities were just right for them and they had a great day.  I, on return, recommended this place to people.  Well done to the staff and thanks for a lovely day out.

Primary School Trip – June 2017

“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

We thought it was good value, local to us and we will return in future years.

Year 5/6 Teacher

October 2018

A Harwich Primary School – Tudors

“Went on a trip with my child’s class today and had the best time ever.  Really wonderful staff, so interactive with all the little ones.  An enjoyable time was had by all, thank you so much for making it a day full of smiles.”


Year 1 Parent – March 2019

Colchester Primary School – Once Upon a Time

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