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 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

Our children thoroughly enjoyed their day and loved the ‘yucky’ details of Tudor life shared.  Good range of Tudor activities offered. Thank you!

Suffolk Primary School – Tudor Day

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

“Although I would love to be constructive, there is very little I can suggest as to how to have improved the day we spent with you.  The children were fascinated and fully engaged at all times. Without a doubt, we would recommend you to anyone after a historical, educational and fun experience.  Hilary and Jackie were fantastic guides.  Thank you greatly”

Year 4/5 Class Teacher

Heybridge Primary School – Vikings

We have just got back from our trip and the kids were smiling and very happy following their adventure to Layer Marney Tower.  I thought I would take the time to say thank your for your help organising, presenting and inspiring the children.  Jackie and Hilary were superb guides.  They immediately gained the children’s respect and presented the information in an informative and engaging way.  I thoroughly enjoyed myself too, as did the other staff.

Year 5 Teacher, Canvey Island Primary School – Tudors

“Another fantastic visit.  The children were fully engaged and enjoyed the level of detail.  Thank you!

South Woodham Ferrers  Class Teacher

Viking Day – January 2018

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 organisation of the whole day was fantastic, all activities were enjoyed by all of the children and everyone learned so much about the Vikings.

Thank you

Chelmsford Primary School Teacher – November 2017

Everyone was very impressed today – pupils and adults alike.  We have some challenging pupils and to see so many of the often disinterested or easily distracted children so engaged, was very impressive.  The look on their faces as they experienced the building and environment was lovely to see.  In terms of recommendations? !  The whole day was so enjoyable, interesting and fulfilling that I cannot imagine that anything else could be included or improved.  We all loved it.  Thank you so much.


Year 4 Teacher

Essex Primary School – Tudors, June 2017 visit

Our class had a fantastic day at Layer Marney.  Our tour up the Tower was brilliant, the guide was informative and fun with great control of the classes. We chose food, medicine and games – our favourite session was the games as it was the most practical.  Lots of new information learned by all.  Would definitely return.

Mixed Year 3/4 class teacher

Essex Primary School – June 2017 visit, Tudors

We loved the day!  The children were inspired and excited by everything they took part in.  The day was well paced and the staff were fantastic!!  Our children were thrilled by the trip and the work they produced once back in school, displayed clearly how much they enjoyed it.  Thank you so much Layer Marney Tower

Year 1 Teacher

Course taken – George and the Dragon

Essex Primary School – June 2017

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

You and your staff made us feel so welcome and comfortable.  The entire experience was enjoyed by all the children and all the staff members too, we really had the most fabulous time.

We have recommended you to the other classes in our school,, showing them the wonderful subjects you can cover.  We look forward to seeing you again.

Class Teacher – Essex C of E Primary School

The children enjoyed the day so much!  The ladies were so knowledgeable and they engaged the chilren well.  Thank you for a great day.  We will certainly revisit.

Deputy Head

Essex Primary School – Meet the Ancestors – Year 5

“We had an excellent visit and the children thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  We have recommended it back at school!  Thank you for having us”

South Woodham Ferrers Primary School – Year 6 Teacher

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

We had a great day and many of the children returned saying it was “the best trip we have ever been on” Thank you


Old Harlow Primary School – Romans

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

We were very impressed with how the day was orgnaised and delivered.  The children were fully engaged at all times.  A fantastic day.  Thank you.


Chelmsford Primary School – Beauty and the Beast