Welcome to Layer Marney Tower
England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse, Layer Marney Tower stands within the Essex landscape, commanding views to the River Blackwater and beyond. Built in the reign of Henry VIII by Henry, Lord Marney, Layer Marney Tower is a statement house, that shows its original owner was rich, powerful and a friend of the King. The ornate terracotta decorations are of Italian design, the extravagant use of glass, diaper patterns in the brick work and its commanding height, add to its grandeur and importance.
Although this is a stunning and imposing building, Layer Marney Tower remains a family home, skillfully adapted for the perfect wedding venue in Essex. We also cater for receptions, conferences, parties, school groups in Essex all year round. In July and August we are open to general visitors on Sundays – Thursdays 12 noon – 5.00 p.m. Check the events on our website to find a day best suited to your interests.
Visitors have been welcomed to Layer Marney Tower for over 500 years and we warmly welcome you to come and visit and find out more.
What we do