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Address: Layer Marney CO5 9US, England
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Nice place, terrible tea room !

Visited this very nice historical attraction Sunday 12th April. We had been on the road a while so thought we would start with a bite to eat. The small tea room was run by two... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Craig M
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Seville, Spain
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Seville, Spain
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Visited this very nice historical attraction Sunday 12th April. We had been on the road a while so thought we would start with a bite to eat. The small tea room was run by two girls, who obviously do not have the first idea about service and how to deal swiftly with people. My wife queued for twenty minutes, finally... More 

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sarah o, Manager at Layer Marney Tower, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the trouble to put in a report. Glad you had a good visit. Always best to check our web site to see what is on and that it fits in with your requirements. There are some quiet and peaceful days here but also some busy ones that are targeted towards families such as Easter. More 

Montgomery, Wales, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
11 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We went to visit Layer Marney Tower on Easter Saturday and it was very impressive. The only issue is that it was swarming with children as there were Easter activities going on. Perhaps if the activities had just been round the outbuildings and gardens it would have been alright but children were running up and down the tower and the... More 

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sarah o, Manager at Layer Marney Tower, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the trouble to put in a report. Glad you had a good visit. Always best to check our web site to see what is on and that it fits in with your requirements. There are some quiet and peaceful days here but also some busy ones that are targeted towards families such as Easter. More 

Coggeshall, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

This is a great local attraction but if I had travel a long distance I would add it to my itinerary as you probably would not spend more than a couple of hours here. The tower itself together with the historical facts dotted around are fascinating and the on site church is very interesting too. It is probably a little... More 

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sarah o, Manager at Layer Marney Tower, responded to this review

Thanks for the review. If you are coming a long way, come when we have a tour on (our Tower Tours are free, check the web site for dates) or for a more in depth visit Invitation to View are tours led by the owners and visit parts of the house not open to general visitors. We hope to see... More 

Greater London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

I have always wanted to visit the tLMT as I am keen on the Tudors however I was bitterly disappointed upon visiting yesterday as it was really JUST the tower and a children's farm. It did not feel like a heritage property and as for £7.00 entrance well!!!! We were only there 2 hours and that included an awful lunch... More 

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sarah o, Manager at Layer Marney Tower, responded to this review

We are sorry you didn't enjoy your visit. It is the outside architecture which is the main interest to visitors who are Tudor enthusiasts. Not only is it the tallest Tudor gatehouse in the country, but the terracotta and diaper brickwork is very unusual as it was probably designed by an Italian architect before Henry VIII split with Rome, when... More 

United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

Visited today got there when it opened as my children wanted to see the lambs and feed them,but the lamb feed wasnt until 12.30,yet i had seen previously it was 10.30am too,yet this had been changed.We had a walk upto the top of the tower,a look around the house and this was all very nice,we had a look in the... More 

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sarah o, General Manager at Layer Marney Tower, responded to this review

Thank you for your feedback. It would be really helpful if you could let us know where you read that we open at 10.30? On all our publicity for a Bank Holiday weekend it says open at 11.00 a.m. and for other days when we are open it is 12 noon. We are sorry you had to queue for the... More 

England
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56 reviews 56 reviews
10 attraction reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

We visited with our grandchildren for an Easter event and the children really enjoyed it. They had hunt the Easter egg and other activities to keep them amused. However if this had not been on, whilst the history and tower are interesting, there is not a lot to delay you for more than a short time. There is a tea... More 

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sarah o, Manager at Layer Marney Tower, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We have some good family activities for the Easter Holidays this year; bottle feeding the lambs (Sunday to Thursday in the school Easter Holidays) is very popular, over the Easter weekend, we have an Easter Chick quiz, suitable for all ages and fun to do as a family, we have traditional egg and spoon races... More 

London
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49 reviews 49 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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sarah o, Manager at Layer Marney Tower, responded to this review

Thank you Classiccarguy for your fabulous review of a Guided Tour at Layer Marney Tower. You have absolutely captured the essence of the place and the very best way to discover the history of this extraordinary place is to join one of our Tours (this can be a Guided Tour, Invitation to View or a Tower Tour) see our web... More 

East Bergholt, Suffolk
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9 reviews 9 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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sarah o, Manager at Layer Marney Tower, responded to this review

Thank you Caroline V for your review. We really appreciate that you have taken the trouble to write it. We all try here to make each wedding unique, special and memorable for our brides. It is the icing on the cake when we hear back about that day. Glad you felt well cared for by Karen and Bouquet Garni. More 

Byron Bay
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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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sarah o, Manager at Layer Marney Tower, responded to this review

We are so sorry you didn't enjoy your visit. See the review above, the very best way is to join one of our tours, you really need to learn about the history. Look out for Tower Tours next season, no extra charge and you will learn about the history of this remarkable place. More 

Dymchurch, United Kingdom
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
25 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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sarah o, Manager at Layer Marney Tower, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. To learn more about the Tower and the varied and interesting families who have lived here, try one of Tower Tours available on certain Sundays in the summer, see our web site in the new year for dates, then you get much more out of a visit as the history is fascinating. Sadly most of... More 

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