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Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney Tower


Layer Marney,


Layer Marney Tower is the ideal venue for team building activities whether you have a team of 4 or 400. The magnificent Tudor gatehouse, the tallest in England, is set in 120 acres of parkland and extensive gardens, both the buildings and grounds are at the disposal of the team builders.

Team building activities can take place in all weathers and at any time of the year, both inside and outside. There is ample space for paint-balling or GPS treasure hunting, ample opportunities for activities which stretch the brain or are physically challenging.

Whether you want to reward you staff or help to work better together as a team, Layer Marney Tower is a fantastic place to bring them. A chance to get out of the office and spend the day in a totally different environment will make a huge difference to their back at work performance.

Our caterers can provide excellent refreshments throughout the day.

We work with specialist team building companies to provide a really fantastic experience.

Glamping at Layer Marney Tower.

Glamping? Forget memories of sleepless nights tossing and turning, trussed up in a sleeping bag feeling every lump of the ground beneath you. Layer Marney Tower's latest venture is "posh" camping. Where luxury is the order of the day.

Glamping at Layer Marney Tower is under the sort of canvas that graced the African plains during the reign of Queen Victoria. Livingstone and Stanley would feel quite at home here in the style of tents their retinues would have pitched at the end of a hard day tramping the savannah. As gentlemen, they would have expected life's little luxuries like a comfortable bed, a wooden floor and proper furniture.

There are six luxury tented encampments at Layer Marney Tower, each named after a wife of Henry VIII. Each encampment has a main tent, with six sleeping canopies that can accommodate up to six people, next door the Discovery Tent has more camp beds for extra guests you may like to invite. The encampments are very well equipped, the kitchen has everything from knives and forks to coffee grinders, no need to pack up the kitchen when you come. There is running water to the kitchen sink and a proper flushing loo. You make your own electricity to light your tent by cycling on a static bicycle. Each encampment has its own shower and the most popular addition - a hot tub. There is an outdoor cooking cart, like an Aga on wheels and there is another wood burning cooking stove inside the tent. In your Discovery Tent you and your family will be immersed in a learning environment from yesteryear. There is a microscope to examine the mysterious things you discover around the tent. A field telephone, a telescope, artists' equipment, reference books, binoculars, things to help you enjoy your stay in the countryside.

There are deer grazing near the encampments, highland cattle in the fields, collect your breakfast eggs from the chickens who are scratching around by the Bothy, the little shop where you can buy your basic provisions.

Baby changing facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled accessDisabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPicnic sitePublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberWheelchairs availableAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

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Plan route to Layer Marney Tower using Google mapsPlan route using Google maps

Map reference: TL 928174  Lat: 51.82194 Long: 0.79613

By Road:
Directions from the A12
From London and the West: Leave the A12 at the Kelvedon turning (B1024). Drive through Kelvedon, crossing the river, and 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 almost immediately, followed soon after by a left turning signed to Layer Marney Tower which you should take. At the first cross-roads turn right (signed), and drive for about 1/4 mile. The entrance gates to Layer Marney Tower are 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. (You will pass a sign for Layer Marney Tower that says follow the signs to Maldon). At the next roundabout take the third exit to Maldon, Tollgate Retail Park and Colchester Zoo, passing Sainsburys on your right. You will now go over 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 you will see, on the right, the entrance to Birch Quarry, and soon after a turning on the left signed to Layer Marney Tower. Take this turning, go straight over the cross-roads and follow the lane for 1/4 mile. The entrance gates to Layer Marney Tower are on the right.

Public Transport:
From Colchester Bus 75 from Bus Station stand 9 to Smythe's Green, hourly service (2 hourly Sundays) 20 mins walk by roads from Smythe's Green, map advisable.

Timetables and information can be accessed via the public transport information partnership Traveline South East. Traveline allows you to plan journeys from and to a postcode, postal address, town or village, named station or stop, or point of interest.

Call 0871 200 2233 to speak to an operator and plan your journey, or log onto www.travelinesoutheast.org.uk and simply type in where you are travelling from and to for a detailed trip summary.

Parking: free


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Picnic sitePicnic site
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Wheelchairs availableWheelchairs available
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality