Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney Tower is a wonderful Tudor building of soft red brick and buff coloured terracotta, set within delightful gardens and parkland. In many respects the apotheosis of the Tudor gatehouse, Layer Marney Tower soars over the surrounding countryside offering spectacular views to those who climb the ninety nine steps to the top.

Built in the reign of Henry VIII by Henry, 1st Lord Marney, Layer Marney Tower is the tallest Tudor gatehouse in Great Britain and was intended to surpass the rival work being undertaken by Cardinal Wolsey at Hampton Court. Henry Marney died in 1523 before his ambition was realized and the death of his son John just two years later brought an end to the building work. By then the gatehouse and principal range were completed, as well as the stable block, some outbuildings and the parish church.

Layer Marney Tower has some of the finest terracotta work in the country, probably executed by Flemish craftsmen trained by Italian masters. The terracotta is used on the battlements, windows and, most lavishly of all, the tombs of Henry and John Marney. Visitors may climb to the top of the Tower, passing through some to the recently restored rooms, and enjoy the magnificent views of the gardens and surrounding country.

There are fine outbuildings, including the Long Gallery with its magnificent oak roof and the mediaeval barn, the principal timbers of which date to about 1450. The gardens follow a relatively formal Edwardian layout, with herbaceous borders, broad paths and plentiful roses that flourish in the heavy Essex clay.

One of the countries most desirable wedding venues, Layer Marney Tower is also used for conferences, banquets, trade shows, presentations and many corporate functions. During the year there are many special events ranging from plays to lantern tours to kite festivals.

Admission fees:

Visit www.layermarneytower.co.uk for more information.

Opening hours:

1 Apr-27 Sep
12pm to 5pm
Apr,May,Jun & Sep, Wed & Sun only
Jul & Aug,Sun to Thur only

Address:

Nr Colchester
Essex CO5 9US

Directions:

From London and the West:
Leave the A12 at the Kelvedon turning (B1024). Drive through Kelvedon, crossing the river, at the top of the hill turn right by the Old Anchor Pub, to Maldon and Tiptree (B1023). Follow this road for about two miles to a T-junction. Turn left to Colchester (B1022). Turn right after 2 miles, at the signpost to Layer Marney Tower. There is a sharp corner, followed soon after by a left turning signed to Layer Marney Tower which you should take. At the first cross-roads turn right, and drive for about 1/4 mile. Layer Marney Tower is on the right.

From Ipswich and the East:
Turn off the A12 at the Halstead exit (B1124). At the roundabout take the first exit left. At the next roundabout take the third exit to Maldon, Tollgate Retail Park and Colchester Zoo. You will approach three small roundabouts: at the first go straight over, at the second turn left, and at the third, a double roundabout, turn right to Maldon (B1022). After two miles take the turning on the left signed to Layer Marney Tower. Go straight over the cross-roads and follow the lane for 1/4 mile. Layer Marney Tower is on the right.

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Telephone:

01206 330784

Email:

info@layermarneytower.co.uk

Website:

www.layermarneytower.co.uk

Contact name:

Sally Parkinson

Special Events

Wednesday 2 May – Wednesday 30 May

CORSELLIS & CONTEMPORARY SAMPLERS EXHIBITION
12 noon - 5.00 p.m.

Sunday, 13 May

TOWER TOUR
2.00pm

Sunday, 20 May

TRAIL RUN
10.30am – 12.30pm Start

Sunday, 20 May

MUSIC & BEER FESTIVAL
12.00pm – 5.00pm

Wednesday 23 May

INVITATION TO VIEW
11.00am

Wednesday 23 May

PLAY – THE TURN OF THE SCREW
7.45pm

Sunday, 27 May

GARDEN DAY
12.00pm – 5.00pm

Sunday, 3 June

SUMMER WALKS
11.00am – 5.00pm

Monday, 4 June

VILLAGE FETE
11.00am – 5.00pm

Tuesday, 5 June

ELIZABETH, A ROYAL PROGRESS...
11.00am – 5.00pm

Sunday, 10 June

TOWER TOUR
2.00pm

Wednesday, 13 June

INVITATION TO VIEW
11.00am

Sunday, 17 June

FATHERS’ DAY/CLASSIC CAR RALLY
12.00pm – 5.00pm

Sunday, 1 July

ART SUNDAY
12.00pm – 5.00pm

Sunday 1 July to Thursday 12 July

ESSEX CRAFT SOCIETY
12.00pm – 5.00pm

Sunday, 8 July

BEAUTIFUL BAROQUE
12.00pm – 5.00pm

Sunday, 15 July

TOWER TOUR
2.00pm

Sunday, 22 July

LIVING HISTORY DAY
12.00pm – 5.00pm

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