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Built around 1520. Layer Marney Tower, 6 miles south of Colchester off the B1022 Maldon Road, is the tallest Tudor Gatehouse in England. The building is principally the creation of Henry, the first Lord Marney, a close friend of Henry VIII. Lord Marney died in 1523, and his son, John, continued the building work but died just two years later, leaving no male heirs to continue the family line or the construction.
Henry VIII was so impressed by the building he came to stay in 1522. As the Palace was never finished it must have been a building site.
The house came to the Charrington family in the mid 20th century and has been occupied by the Charrington family ever since. Today it is a family residence, conference centre, wedding venue and visitor attraction.
The 80ft tower is well worth the climb for the spectacular view of the Essex countryside it offers. Available hire for functions. Minimum group size of 25. Coach parking available. Tearoom seats 34. Toilets and limited access for people with disabilities.
Adults £7.00 Children (3-15) £4.50 Family ticket £20.00 Group visits and guided tours throughout the year, by arrangement. Guided tours Per person £12.00 Minimum charge for a group £240.00 Group visits Per person £6.00 Minimum group size 20.
|Season Dates||Opening Hours|
|Thu 2 May 2013 - Sun 30 Jun 2013||Wed 12:00 to 17:00 | Sun 12:00 to 17:00|
|Mon 1 Jul 2013 - Sat 31 Aug 2013||Mon - Thu 12:00 to 17:00 | Sun 12:00 to 17:00|
|Sun 1 - Sun 29 Sep 2013||Wed 12:00 to 17:00 | Sun 12:00 to 17:00|
|Notes||12noon-5pm April, May, June and September, Weds & Suns. July & August, Sun-Thurs.|
Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US
Map reference: TL 928174 Lat: 51.82194 Long: 0.79613
Parking : free
Nearest station : 6 miles (9.7 kms) from Kelvedon station
No photography inside the house. Suitable for functions. Park & woodland for sports, corporate events, open air concerts, team building, balloon festivals & helicopter landing. Film location. Suitablity for the Disabled: Partial. WC. Refreshments/Cafe/Tearoom: Licensed. Restaurant: Licensed. Guided Tours: By arrangement - about 1Â½ hrs. Parking: Cars & Coaches ample. Suitability for Dogs: Guide dogs only. Accommodation: Glamping. Civil Wedding License: Wedding ceremonies & receptions.
|Sun 26, Mon 27 May 2013||Medieval Siege Society|
|Sun 2 Jun 2013||Pirate Quest!|
|Sun 2 Jun 2013||Village Fete|
|Sun 16 Jun 2013||Classic Car Day|
|Sun 23 Jun 2013||Pirate Quest!|
|Sun 7 Jul 2013||Tree Trail|
|Sun 21 Jul 2013||From Classical to Romantic|
|Sun 4 Aug 2013||Farm Day|
|Wed 21 Aug 2013||Terrific Tudor Tour|
|Sun 25, Mon 26 Aug 2013||Made in Essex|
|Sun 1 Sep 2013||Lets go fly a kite|
|Sun 15 Sep 2013||Cross Country|
|Sun 22 Sep 2013||Autumn Adventure|
|Sun 29 Sep 2013||Charity Day|
|Thu 31 Oct 2013||Lantern Tour|
|Wed 18, Thu 19 Dec 2013||Christmas at Layer Marney Tower|