Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney Tower is a Tudor palace, composed of buildings, gardens and parkland, dating from 1520 situated in Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, England. The building was designated Grade I listed in 1952.

Layer Marney Tower is England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse built in the reign of Henry VIII by Henry, Lord Marney as a statement house within the Essex landscape with commanding views to the River Blackwater and beyond. The scale of the building shows its original owner was rich, powerful and a friend of the King. The ornate terracotta decorations are of Italian design, the extravagant use of glass, diaper patterns in the brick work and its commanding height, add to its grandeur and importance.

Although this is a stunning and imposing building, Layer Marney Tower remains a family home, visitors have been welcomed to Layer Marney Tower for over 500 years and you are invited to visit and find out more.

Visit the Layer Marney Tower website.