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.


We visited last year and the experience was very good.  However, this year the experience was even better due to the change in activities.  The archaeological dig was very informative (delivered by Hilary) as well as the afternoon talk (and handling of wooly mammoth tusks and bones etc).  Hilary was very well informed and engaged all children with her extensive knowledge of the past and the Stone Age.


Well done Hilary – we will definitely be be booking again next year.


Deputy Headteacher

Junior School, Wivenhoe – Stone Age Britain

The children were engaged in the activities and the hands on approach really helped our 24 boys especially.  Feeding the lambs was an added treat too.  I would recommend the whole day to others.


Hornchurch Primary School – Stone Age

Hosts were really friendly, helpful and knowledgable.  Animals were an extra bonus!  All the children thoroughly enjoyed it as did the adults!

Thank you


Basildon Primary School – Vikings

I would like to say an enormous thank you for making our day at Layer Marney Tower such an enjoyable and memorable one. The activities were accessible to every child and all of us, adults included, came away with a  much better understanding of Anglo Saxon life.  Many children commented that this was one of their most enjoable trips out of school.

Year 4 Teacher

Essex Primary School – Anglo Saxons

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