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Layer Marney Tower

CO5 9US, England
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Ranked #160 of 353 Attractions in Essex
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
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42 reviews 42 reviews
10 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We visited with the Anglian Region of the GCCG classic car group (nearly 1000 members nationwide) and we enjoyed a guided tour cnducted by the absolutely fabulous owner Sheila Charrington. What a difference to many NT historic experiences - the owner was genuinely enthused and had more fascinating information and entertaining anecdotes than Layer Marney has bricks! I would think... More

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East Bergholt, Suffolk
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Our daughter's wedding was held here this weekend past and everyone had the time of their lives. The venue and views from the grounds are stunning and the staff very friendly and helpful. We could not fault it. If anyone is considering a top class,beautiful venue but with a comfortable, almost homely feel so everyone one feels relaxed then do... More

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Byron Bay
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Layer Marney Tower is England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse, built in the reign of Henry VIII by Henry, Lord Marney. The gatehouse building is interesting to see but there nothing worth seeing inside and there is really nothing else to stop you from leaving very quickly; even the gardens are pretty ordinary. it's a complete rip-off at GBP7 You can see... More

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Dymchurch, United Kingdom
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53 reviews 53 reviews
22 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Not a hugely large place so a visit probably would be in the region of one to two hours. We visited during the week so was not very busy. The tower has I believe 99 steps to the top but it is not a difficult climb and has several levels with rooms to stop off and look at. Once at... More

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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79 attraction reviews
137 helpful votes 137 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Visited on spec as passing and glad we did.We happened on a Hope and Glory musical event.. An afternoon of Tudor and Baroque music and voice supplied by 4 different music ensembles and chiors from Essex taking place in various parts of the grounds and building.these sessions ran from 4 hours culminating in a Last Night of the Proms in... More

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Colchester, United Kingdom
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92 attraction reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Very interesting as a building but it is relatively expensive and ultimately there is little to do so only requires a short stay. Obviously well used for weddings and corporate events but needs to offer more for everyone else.

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Holland-on-Sea, United Kingdom
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My daughter had her wedding here nearly seven years ago and it was amazing. The staff are so friendly and helpful and really helped to make the day so special. The grounds, tower, wedding chapel and dining hall are all stunning and the caterers provided excellent food and service. It really is a magical place. My daughter and son-in-law returned... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014 via mobile

BAM! the tower hits you in the face like a collapsed black hole, forming a worm hole from 1523. Which is undoubtedly a good thing! Full marks for a truly fantastic day!

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Essex, uk
19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

We paid £20 for a family ticket and I don't feel that I took away any information from the venue. The garden was small but big enough to take a picnic, which I would do because the cafe is very expensive! The 'child's play area' was just a rope climbing frame. It is a beautiful place but half of it... More

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Woodbridge, United Kingdom
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014 via mobile

My daughter just had her wedding at Layer Marney. It was wonderful and an excellent venue for both the ceremony & wedding breakfast.

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