Read below to see what our visitors thought of our Tower and Grounds.

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Testimonial – Education

  • “A fantastic educational visit that our children thoroughly enjoyed and gained so much knowledge and understanding of the past from.  A superb mix of activities, ranging from role play/drama to active making skills. We will be back!”
    Brightside Primary School – Anglo Saxons
  • “I just wanted to drop you a quick email thanking you for an excellent visit at Layer Marney today. The children had a wonderful time and didn’t stop talking about what they had learnt on the coach home! I also overhead some of them saying to their parents what a great day they had! It was lovely to see them having the opportunity to learn outside the classroom especially considering that we are living in a strange time so thank you also for making it COVID- safe and stress free for our staff. We hope to visit you again in the future!”
    South Benfleet Primary School – September 2020 Tudors
  • “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.”
    South Woodham Ferrers School – March 2020 Tudors
  • “Fantastic, knowledgeable and friendly staff. Amazing location.”
    Dagenham Primary School – February 2020 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.”
    Tiptree Primary School – January 2020 Pirate Day
  • “Super day! Excellent, relevant information and activities. We loved it. Thank you again.”
    Rayleigh Primary School Year 4 – January 2020 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.”
    Bishop Stortford Primary School Yr 5/6 – May 2019 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.”
    Harold Hill Primary School Year 3 – April 2019 Ancient Egyptians
  • “Hilary was fantastic and was a real source of information. We really enjoyed our day! Thank you.”
    South Woodham Ferrers Primary School Year 5 – April 2019 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.”
    Colchester Primary School Year 1 – March 2019 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.”
    Essex Primary School Year 3/4 – February 2019 Tudors
  • “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.”
    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.”
    South Woodham Ferrers Primary School Year 6 – January 2019
  • “Thank you for a lovely day. Our children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learned a lot about the lives of Anglo Saxons.”
    Chelmsford Junior School Year 5 – November 2018 Anglo Saxons
  • “We thought it was good value, local to us and we will return in future years.”
    Harwich Primary School Year 5/6 – October 2018 Tudors
  • “We had a very lovely and well organised visit. The leaders had fantastic subject knowledge and everybody who went had a fantastic time.”
    Clacton-on-Sea Primary School Year 3 – October 2018 Stone Age to Iron Age
  • “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.”
    Maldon Primary School Year 3 – October 2018 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.”
    Essex Primary School Year 5 – 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.”
    Essex Primary School Year 2 – 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

Testimonial – Staying

  • “Just wanted to let you know that we totally loved staying at your Glamping site this past weekend. The children had a complete ball. They loved the hot tub, the animal feeding, going up the tower and the Cowboy Supper. The adults loved the walks, the Sunday service, the comfortable beds, the hot shower and the history tour in the tower. We were all very toasty and warm, despite the cooler nights. Everyone voted we wanted to return again. That’s a sign of a great holiday! Thanks so much.”
    AVW – October Half Term 2020
  • “What a lovely place. It rained pretty much non stop but even in the rain there was so much fun to have. We fed deer. Sheep and goats, collected eggs, explored a Tudor tower and cooked sausages over a wood stove. What a magical weekend.”
    C.E – October 2020
  • “Amazing weekend break – was lovely to spend so much time outside and watch the kids make fires and play. Lovely accommodation and place to be.”
    K.P – September 2020

Testimonial – Visiting

  • “I visited with my local U3A on a wet drab day in October. Initially hesitant to pay £14 for a tour around the house, i soon discovered how wrong i was. Mrs Charrington is an outstanding guide and her anecdotes about the history o Layer Marney and its previous occupants were riveting. This is not your run of the mill visit to a listed building full of antiques. This is a rather eccentric real live history lesson and a very enjoyable one at that. Not to be missed in my opinion. Thank you. I will be back!.”
    U3A Visitor
  • “We had a guided tour of Layer Marney Tower while staying at Goldhanger and it was brilliant, apart from the rainy English weather! The building has been kept in fantastic condition and the views over the grounds are wonderful. There is a little farm with animals to see as well as a small, limited cafe which offered toasted sandwiches and coffee. They have shows there and have hosted TV series over the years as well, like the Antiques Roadshow. Really worth a visit , even just to check out the spiral chimneys!”
    James Guided Tour of Layer Marney Tower
  • “On behalf our Ladies’ Club I’d like to thank you so much for making our visit to Layer Marney Tower extremely successful. All comments about the day have been very positive, praising your excellent guided tour and sharing your expert knowledge in a joyful and interesting way. Being able to have lunch arranged for us was an added bonus, it was lovely to walk in the old stables, sit down and be served by the pleasant staff.”
    Ladies’Club – May 2018 Guided Tour
  • “On behalf of Tunbridge Wells U3A, I’d like to thank you, Sheila and Nick for a wonderful time at Layer Marney. Everyone enthused about it on the way home. Layer Marney certainly is a lovely place to live and work; I’m very envious! Can you also convey our thanks to your catering staff, they did a superb job. The lunches were so fresh and tasty and the cakes and drinks were most acceptable after the interesting tour.”
    Tunbridge Wells U3A
  • “Excellent tour by Sheila, we were all amazed at her knowledge without any notes. All my group said it was one of the best Tours we have ever had. Very nice lunch prepared by two lovely ladies. An excellent day out, finished off by feeding the lambs”
    Kent Group – April 2019 Guided Tour
  • “My partner and I were lucky enough to be on a coach trip last weekend and so got the opportunity to attend an amazing day at your beautiful home. From start to finish it was a complete joy, the tour was so much fun and informative. The meal was lovely and the setting perfect. And I don’t even know where to begin with the amazing concert in the most beautiful church. We have had many lovely Christmas days out over the years, but this whole experience tops them all!! Please let your singers know that their voices were fantastic and the narration was wonderful! So thank you all concerned for a wonderful day, it really started off our Christmas in the most special way. We certainly hope we can make the trip next year and many years to come.”
    Debbie – December 2018 A Christmas Carol Tour
  • “Absolutely most enjoyable and enlightening visit – everyone was delighted – so thank you for your time and effort – we will be back!”
    Friends of the Minories – Guided Tour