Group Visits at Layer Marney Tower
A beautiful Tudor building, which although incomplete, was planned to be the sumptuous palace of Henry VIII's Lord Privy Seal - Henry 1st Lord Marney. Before he died Henry Marney built the Gatehouse, the front facade, stabling and church. Now it stands in a lovely garden surrounded by parkland, and offers the visitor architectural history, gardens, walks, a play area, shop and tearoom.
OPENING TIMES: 3 April to 25 September. April, May, June and September, Wednesday and Sunday
1200-1700. July and August, Sunday to Thursday 1200-1700. Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays 1100-1700.
SUGGESTED LENGTH OF VISIT: 2 hours.
GROUP TRAVEL FACILITIES:
Free preliminary visit for group organiser, coach parking on site, coach drop off/pick up point, coach driver concessions and facilities, guided group tours, evening visits by arrangement, toilets, shop, picnic area, cafe/restaurant, wheelchair access (restricted), corporate hospitality.
Group visits £6.00 per person minimum 20 people
Guided Tour £12.00 per person minimum 20 people
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VenueLayer Marney Tower
Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO5 9US
Map reference: TL 928174 Lat: 51.82194 Long: 0.79613
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.
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.
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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.