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. But don’t take our word for it – browse the comments below from happy students and staff!.

“The children really enjoyed their day.  It was great that we had the place to ourselves.  We were welcomed as we came off the coach and all staff were friendly and full of information.  The children were engaged throughout.

We will definitely be back. Thank you”

Year 5 Class Teacher – March 2020

South Woodham Ferrers School – Tudors

“Fantastic, knowledgeable and friendly staff.  Amazing location.”

Year 4 Class Teacher February 2020

Dagenham Primary School – Anglo Saxons

“Very friendly team from booking, correspondence and ease on the day.  Good facilities at Layer Marney Tower, all very clean.  Group Leaders both excellent with children and adults.  Range of activities very good.  All children enjoyed the trip.

Many thanks for another great trip”

Class Teacher – January 2020

Tiptree Primary School – Pirate Day

Super day!  Excellent, relevant information and activities.  We loved it.

Thank you again.

Class Teacher January 2020

Rayleigh Primary School – Year 4, Vikings and Saxons

Thank you so much for having us on Monday for our School Trip.  The children thoroughly enjoyed their day.

Please can you also pass on our thanks to Hilary for being such an excellent leader.  The children learnt so much and were totally captivated by her explanations of Tudor life and architecture.

Class Teacher – May 2019

Bishop Stortford Primary School – Yr 5/6 Tudors

“The trip was perfect for our Year 3 children.  The fact we were the only group using the facilities meant the children were safe and secure at all times.  As teachers this meant we could put all of our focus into the activities.  The children were engaged at all times and the teaching was perfect for their age.  The facilities were also great for our wheelchair user”

Year 3 Teacher – April 2019

Harold Hill Primary School – Ancient Egyptians

Hilary was fantastic and was a real source of information.  We really enjoyed our day!  Thank you

Year 5 Teacher – April 2019

South Woodham Ferrers Primary School – Vikings

“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

“We thoroughly enjoyed our visit.  Hilary and Jackie presented their modules in a professional manner which engaged the children.  The children came back with a wealth of knowledge and full of excitement. The children thoroughly enjoyed the practical sessions. Thank you very much”

Year 3/4 Teacher

Essex Primary School – Tudors – February 2019

“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 brilliant day.  The teaching was superb and the activities well-matched to each session.  The children really enjoyed their visit and were motivated by and engaged in the activities.  The visit also really deepened their understanding about the Vikings.

Year 6 Teacher


A South Woodham Ferrers Primary School – January 2019

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

Our trip was both enjoyable (for children and adults) and educational.  For my “busy” class, it was just the right mix of content with facts-a-plenty (we loved the stuffed dormice!), practical activities and real life stories.  The ladies who led the sessions were not only friendly and approachable but also very knowledgeable about the Roman era – this was evident in how and what they presented to the class. Both had fabulous skills in dealing with my SEND children, with that extra compassion and  patience.  Thank you.

Highlights included food tasting, tiger catching, rabbit hooking, becoming gladiators and of course…the adventure playground and grass maze!! Thanks Layer Marney for a thoroughly enjoyable and educational day.

Deputy Head

Essex Primary School – Romans, November 2018

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

Enjoyed going to visit the church and grounds.  The children loved all the activities – like the coloured fire and flame experiment in the glass jar.

It was very well organised and because we were contained it felt very safe.

Lovely buildings and a great trip – thank you.

Year 2 teacher

Tiptree Primary School – Great Fire of London, October 2018

We had a very lovely and well organised visit.  The leaders had fantastic subject knowledge and everybody who went had a fantastic time.

Year 3 Teacher

October 2018

Clacton-on-Sea Primary School – Stone Age to Iron Age

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

A thoroughly enjoyable day.  The children enjoyed making their Viking boats and were very proud to show their parents.  Archery was also a highlight.

The visit enhanced their learning of the Vikings.  It was very organised and suitable for Year 3.  Thank you.


Year 3 Teacher

October 2018

A Maldon Primary School – Vikings

The day was a fantastic experience for the year group.  As we were studying the Tudors, to be able to walk around the grounds and into several buildings was brilliant.  The guides that we had were extremely helpful and knowledgeable, answering questions and providing history lessons on the subject we chose.  I would recommend Layer Marney Tower as it was a great educational day out and everyone really enjoyed the experience.

Year 5 Class Teacher

Essex Primary School – Tudors

The children absolutely loved the fact they could actually touch, hold and try on the knight’s clothing and armour. The archery was a huge success, as was climbing the spiral staircase to the top of the Tower.

Hilary and Jackie were both great and their knowledge and enthusiasm really helped to make the day so successful.  the adults all enjoyed it too.


Year 2 Teacher .


Essex Primary School – Tudors