Layer Marney Tower

£2,350 - £6,900 for Venue Hire
Up to 140
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This beautiful Tudor gatehouse is the perfect backdrop for your special day!
Layer Marney Tower Pricing & Costs

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The reception fee is a venue hire charge and therefore includes use of the Long Gallery, garden and grounds, heating, lighting, tables and chairs. Also included is an overnight stay in the Honeymoon Suite, known as the de Zoete Rooms and use of the chauffeur driven 1930's Rolls Royce.
What is included in this pricing:
External caterers not permitted
Layer Marney Tower Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
09:00 AM
Usual Finish Time
12:00 AM

Ceremony & Reception

Church Within Walking Distance
Fireworks Permitted
Wedding Licence
Dancefloor Available
Outdoor Ceremony Available


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Pet Friendly
Disabled Access
Grade I/II Listed Building
On-Site Parking
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

In-house Catering
No Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
Alcohol Licence
Layer Marney Tower Full Description
With landscaped gardens and magnificent views towards the River Blackwater, Layer Marney Tower is your perfect wedding venue. The mellow Tudor brickwork and terracotta decorations make a fabulous backdrop for your photos. From the first time you see Layer Marney Tower you will be overwhelmed. It is a magnificent building with efficient, friendly staff, who make sure that your special day is indeed special. With great attention to detail our small team ensure that you and your guests have a worry free, fantastic day. Our caterers use only the best ingredients, where possible, locally sourced. Come and see us, you won't be disappointed.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Karen Brand
Congratulations on your engagement and thank you for your interest in Layer Marney Tower. I look forward to welcoming you for a private viewing, where you can start to envisage your perfect day here.


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
More than 50
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Paul & Sarah Flannery
Happy couple married in December
January 2024
Amazing Venue
Absolutely loved this venue, from the very first viewing to our amazing special day. This venue leaves a very special place in your heart. A place you can return to annually as they do various events and all the memories of the best day of our lives will come flooding back. Shelia, Nick and our wedding coordinator Karen were fabulous. Everything went according to plan and all our guest claim this was the best wedding they had ever been to. Thank you to a fabulous team.
Angela and Lucas
Happy couple married in June
August 2023
Fairytale Wedding
Thank you so much for ensuring we had the perfect day. Please extend our thanks to all of your wonderful staff. It really felt like a fairytale wedding.
Lisa & Will
Happy couple married in April
April 2023
A perfect day
We want to thank the whole team at Layer Marney Tower for their hard work in organising our wedding. It was a huge success and we are absolutely delighted! We visited the venue a couple of times before picking Layer Marney and then a few more times when planning, including attending wedding fairs. We were always warmly welcomed by Karen, Nick and Sheila who are so friendly and made the time to chat to us. Throughout, Karen explained everything in detail and made us feel at ease, which helped us picture how our wedding was going to pan out. She was so accommodating to any requests we had and even liaised directly with some of our suppliers regarding their deliveries to make the process easier. The Rolls Royce is included in the booking of the wedding at Layer Marney. Graham the driver arrived on time, helped me get in and out the car with my dress, and made me feel relaxed. The Rolls Royce was not something I would have booked if it wasn’t included with the booking but it was fantastic and I would highly recommend. The tour we did in the RR after the ceremony was a welcome suggestion. It was wonderful to be just the two of us for 10 mins after so many emotions of the ceremony. We rented the Layer Marney London red bus to bring our guests to the venue. Many of the guests told us that the driver was very friendly and they were delighted with the beautiful bus. Everyone of our guests commented that they were blown away with how beautiful Layer Marney Tower is. It has such a lovely and unique feel to it. Given it is not just a wedding venue but also historical landmark, we are happy to know that we will be able to go back there!
Samantha and Adam
Happy couple married in December
January 2022
Day of our dreams!
Thank you so much for giving us the wedding venue and day of our dreams! All the postponements resulted in the perfect day. Special thank you to Karen for making our whole planning experience so seamless.
Chloe & Luke
Happy couple married in March
March 2021
Second to none
We've had to postpone our wedding 3 times due to covid 19 and Layer Marney Tower couldn't have been more supportive!! They've ensured the whole process has been as stress-free as possible and have given us so much help and support. They've responded to our emails and phone calls without any delay and have offered their advice and opinions throughout it all. I can't recommend them highly enough. Lots of friends had many issues postponing their weddings with their venues whereas ours couldn't have been more helpful and thoughtful. We are so pleased we chose Layer Marney Tower and we cannot wait to finally celebrate our big day with them. Book your wedding with Layer Marney Tower and you won't regret it!! Huge thank you to Karen and everybody involved!!
Ayshea Goldberg
Wedding: October
October 2020
The most stunning venue!
I've been lucky enough to have worked with the team at Layer Marney Tower wedding venue many times now. I love capturing weddings at this beautiful venue. The grounds are always stunning and has so many gorgeous backdrops for WOW factor images! Karen and her team work really hard behind the scenes and make so much effort before and on the day to ensure that a wedding goes smoothly and every couple feels looked after and special. I can't wait to come back to photograph more wonderful days here.

Wedding Show

17th March 2024
County Wedding Events return for one of their popular wedding shows. Our wedding team will be offering tours of the venue, you can meet our sole caterer and a fantastic selection of wedding suppliers.
Layer Marney Tower Location & Contact Details


Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO59US, England

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Frequently Asked Questions

Describe the best wedding that happened at Layer Marney Tower?

They are all the best weddings! Each one is magical.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

Discuss a realistic budget and then get organised with your plans by prioritising the most important aspects of your day. Delegate jobs, (as friends and family love to help) and never be afraid to ask the venue for help.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

Too many to mention but we always enjoy hearing a personalised reading or vows during the ceremony, and seeing the four legged friend of the wedding couple accompany them down the aisle.

Describe Layer Marney Tower in 5 adjectives

Friendly, Picturesque, Romantic, Flexible, Countryside.

Where’s the best photo spot at Layer Marney Tower?

Photographers tell us they are spoilt for choice, whether inside or outside but we love all pictures taken on the steps with the backdrop of the magnificent Tudor tower.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at Layer Marney Tower?

Danny Dyer, Henry VIII and Elizabeth I. There are many more, but we couldn't possibly divulge any details...!

What’s your favourite canapé?

A miniature Yorkshire pudding with roast beef and horseradish sauce.

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

A ransack of the sweet cart.

What is Layer Marney Tower most unique feature?

The 500 year old magnificent Tudor buildings and Tower, nestled in the Essex countryside.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

The feedback and reviews we receive about our friendly, professional team.

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