Planning Your Visit

Layer Marney Tower is a grand Tudor house of Italian design. Built as a statement house by Henry, Lord Marney, it was visited by both Henry VIII and later by his daughter Elizabeth I. The house is unfinished, Lord Marney died before he could complete the building and his son, John, died two years later leaving only daughters who were unable to inherit.

Visitors to Layer Marney Tower can enjoy climbing to the top of the Tower, wandering through the gardens and following the Wildlife Walk. They may then enjoy a cup of tea and a piece of cake in the Tea Room and to buy a souvenir in the shop.We welcome well behaved dogs on leads in the grounds.


Click on the titles below and reveal the information to help plan your visit.

Entrance Charges

Day and Season Tickets


Come to Layer Marney Tower for the day with your friends and family for £6.00 for adults £4.00 for children.  A family ticket is £18.00 for two adults and two children. Treat yourself to a season ticket and you can visit throughout the year whenever you would like for a one off fee.

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Please Note:
Some special events have additional entry charges to cover running costs.

Opening Times

Opening Times

From the beginning of October 2019 we are closed to general visitors. We re-open on Sunday 29th March 2020. However, we are open throughout the year for weddings, school visits, guided tours, group visits, special events, corporate events etc.

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2020 Opening Times

We open to visitors on Sunday 29th March 2020 until Sunday 27th September 2020. Please see panel above for which days or telephone 01206 330784.


Please Note:
We remain open througout the year for weddings, conferences, meetings, school visits, special events, guided tours and group visits.

How to Get Here

Layer Marney Tower is situated in the village of Layer Marney just outside of Colchester in Essex. For full directions on how to find Layer Marney Tower go to our Contact Page.

Click here to download our Map and Directions PDF.