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Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney CO5 9US, England
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London
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44 reviews 44 reviews
10 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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
56 reviews 56 reviews
22 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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

Norwich, United Kingdom
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240 reviews 240 reviews
79 attraction reviews
140 helpful votes 140 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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sarah o, Manager at Layer Marney Tower, responded to this review

Check out our 2015 events' list (out in the new year) you are right, come on a day when we have an event and you get added value. 2015 events are currently being planned, keep an eye on our web site More

Colchester, United Kingdom
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179 reviews 179 reviews
93 attraction reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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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

Holland-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 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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sarah o, Manager at Layer Marney Tower, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your review. It is lovely to hear how well the wedding went and we love it when our brides and grooms come back to show their children where they were married. Lots of children's activities planned for 2015, so hope to see them again. More

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

Thanks for that, fantastic way to describe it! More

Essex, uk
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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sarah o, Manager at Layer Marney Tower, responded to this review

I am so sorry you had problems with access. You should have been able to get everywhere with the push chair except up the Tower. I suspect you didn't find one of the ramps, rather hidden by plants, very good point, i will make sure the staff in the shop remember to tell people with push chairs how to access... More

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

I am so sorry you had problems with access. You should have been able to get everywhere with the push chair except up the Tower. I suspect you didn't find one of the ramps, rather hidden by plants, very good point, i will make sure the staff in the shop remember to tell people with push chairs how to access... More

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