Layer Marney Tower

£2200 - £6450 for Venue Hire
Up to 140
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This beautiful Tudor gatehouse is the perfect backdrop for your special day!
Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

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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
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


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
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
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
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.
Josh and Laura
Happy couple married in October
October 2020
Our perfect day
I was recommended to view Layer Marney Tower by a friend as I'd previously never been there. From the moment we drove in and saw the horses, I knew it was more "us" than any other venue we had viewed. The Tower is breathtaking, as are the grounds which make for perfect photo opportunities. We were well looked after by Karen from the start, no request was too much trouble. Our wedding itself was amazing. Everything ran smoothly from being picked up in the Rolls Royce to the stunning wedding breakfast. We had the most magical day, as did our guests. Thanks to the beautiful surroundings, we have the most gorgeous photos and memories we will cherish forever. We topped our day off with a stay in the De Zoete bridal suite. I really couldn't have asked for more.
Paul & Qin
Happy couple married in August
September 2020
A Stunning & Fabulous Historic Venue
Like any 2020 wedding some re-planning and re-sizing was required as we sought to navigate the constantly evolving government rules. The team at Layer Marney Tower were brilliant, helpful & accommodating throughout. It's a tremendous setting offering something really 'stand-out' and guests were certainly impressed by this gem tucked away in the north Essex countryside!
Katie & Ben
Happy couple married in August
October 2020
Perfect day
Layer Marney is a beautiful building which is perfect for a wedding venue. We had a lovely day and despite covid and the weather being against us, Karen and Nick did everything possible to accommodate our needs and requirements. We had our dog at the wedding and he was made to feel very welcome and made a fuss of. We had a great experience with Layer Marney Tower and would recommend the venue.
Location & Contact Details


Layer Marney, Colchester, Essex, CO59US, England

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Describe the best wedding that happened at your venue?

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 your venue in 5 adjectives.

Friendly, Picturesque, Romantic, Flexible, Countryside.

Where’s the best photo spot at your venue?

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 your venue?

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 your venue's 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.