Layer Marney Tower

Layer Marney, England, CO5 9US, United Kingdom


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Layer Marney Tower Essex Weddings

At Layer Marney Tower, the team understands that each couple’s wedding day should be unique and special, so they work tirelessly to make it as romantic and unforgettable as possible. Home to beautiful Tudor architecture surrounded by idyllic gardens and parkland, this much-loved historic wedding venue in Essex offers the perfect backdrop for any wedding – complete with stunning views of the Blackwater Estuary. 

With over 25 years of experience and an expert team, you can trust Layer Marney Tower to ensure your big day goes off without a hitch! They offer civil ceremonies, wedding receptions, dinner parties, and more, while the parish church located within the gardens presents the ideal opportunity for couples to have a church ceremony if they wish.

The Scene at Layer Marney Tower Essex

Layer Marney Tower is a truly romantic spot, nestled amid 120 sprawling acres of exquisite gardens. The Tudor architecture and gardens, stunning historic wedding spaces, and breathtaking views of the Blackwater Estuary all combine to create an atmosphere of luxury and rustic charm. Across the property, there are elegant rooms licensed for civil ceremonies combined with the beautiful church within the grounds for those after a more traditional celebration.

Inside the tower, which is remarkably England’s tallest Tudor Gatehouse, you’ll find an array of charming wedding settings. These include the incredible Long Gallery, the rustic Essex Barn, and the grand Corsellis Room, home to ancient oak timbers and Mulberry wall hangings. No matter which space you choose, you can expect a seamless and memorable occasion that comes together effortlessly thanks to the Layer Marney team and their renowned suppliers.

Once the celebrations wind down, you and your new spouse can retire to the gorgeous honeymoon suite at Layer Marney Tower as your wedding party heads out into the woodlands for an unforgettable glamping experience.

Layer Marney Tower Wedding Ceremonies

Layer Marney Tower Essex is the ideal location for couples to say ‘I do’ on their big day. The Corsellis Room provides a beautiful grand setting, with ancient oak timbers and Mulberry wall hangings, seating up to 120 guests.

Whether a larger occasion or a more intimate gathering of friends and family, Layer Marney Tower has you covered with two other ceremony locations — Tuke’s Chamber and the Hall of the House. But that’s not all — you can even journey over to the beautiful St Mary the Virgin Church in Layer Marney for a truly special ceremony.

Layer Marney Tower Wedding Receptions

Layer Marney Tower Essex is the perfect place for a wedding reception and will create an amazing experience for you and your guests. The stunning Long Gallery is full of character, with the option to fill with natural light or keep romantic and warm in cooler months by drawing the curtains, which can accommodate up to 200 people in the evening. 

Alternatively, if you have fewer guests, you can use the intimate Tuke’s Chamber or Corsellis Room for your wedding ceremony or breakfast. To make it even better, all receptions at Layer Marney Tower include an overnight stay in the honeymoon suite, complete with chauffeur-driven 1930s Rolls Royce – making your special day one you and your guests will never forget!

Wedding Photography at Layer Marney Tower Essex

When it comes to wedding photography, Layer Marney Tower in Essex certainly has a lot to offer. From the beautifully manicured formal gardens to the lush parkland complete with grazing cattle and sparkling ponds, there’s no shortage of romantic backdrops for couples wanting to capture their wedding day.

Talented photographers can really show off their skills — directing the happy couple around so they can make the very best use of this stunning venue. And if it rains? Not a problem. You can move over to the Long Gallery or Medieval Barn for a unique experience.

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sitting Up to 200 Sitting
standing Up to 250 Standing

Wedding Venue Details

Wedding Services Ceremony & Reception
Ceremony Only
Reception Only
Wedding Ceremony Indoor


Accommodation Onsite
Rooms Available 8
Onsite Car Parking
Available Spaces 60

Spaces At This Venue

  • Layer Marney Tower Corporate Events Venue Essex Long Gallery

    Long Gallery

    This elegant, historic, and light-filled venue space can accommodate up to 140 seated guests or 200 standing. And if you're looking to celebrate with a bigger crowd in the evening, the Long Gallery is ideal for dancing!

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  • Corsellis Room At Layer Marney Tower Essex Wedding

    Corsellis Room

    Instantly creating a sense of romance, you and your guests will feel enveloped by this beautiful room, with its sashed windows and high ceilings. Its classic design can host up to 120 seated guests for a grand ceremony or accommodate more intimate weddings and corporate events if desired.

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  • Barn Table Arrangement By David West At Layer Marney Tower Essex Wedding

    Essex Barn

    The medieval Essex Barn was recently renovated in 2020 and has since hosted a number of rustic wedding celebrations with fairy lights and a magical dancefloor. The barn can accommodate up to 200 seated guests and 250 standing.

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Nearby attractions:

  • Colchester Castle
  • Hollytrees Museum
  • Markshall Estate

Nearby hotels:

  • Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts Colchester – Five Lakes
  • GreyFriars Hotel & Restaurant
  • The George Hotel – Surya Hotels

Venue Testimonials

We had our wedding at Layer Marney Tower, and from start to finish, it was the most magical experience. Our wedding advisor could not have been more helpful, a friendly and calm face on the day too which totally put me at ease. To arrive on the day and see what a lovely job they had done with the hall was breathtaking. The suggested catering company were amazing, with lots of choices and my guests were all complimentary about their food. All prices were very reasonable. The whole day was perfect, even down to the gorgeous medieval-style wedding suite we stayed in after. I couldn’t recommend this venue more.

Kerri M

Awesome venue for weddings it has two areas which suit most styles. A newly refurbished barn and a galley right next door. The towers are amazing for photographs on your big day, and the staff are spot-on, friendly and professional. The choice to have food suppliers in the courtyard for your evening food and make use of the barn and gallery if you would like makes this venue very unique.

Samuel H

I would like to say a huge thanks to the team at Layer Marney Tower for making our wedding so special and memorable. The grounds are stunning for the arrival and wedding photos, inside is full of history and beautifully kept. Everything ran smoothly, and we were well-prepped on our timings etc. We will remember our day in the sunshine at your beautiful wedding venue for many years to come!

Simon H

Frequently Asked Questions

Capacity limits vary depending on your chosen event space and are as follows:

Corsellis Room (ceremony) — 120, outdoor ceremony — 200
Long Gallery wedding breakfast — 140, evening reception — 200

Barn wedding breakfast — 200, evening reception — 250

Weddings at Layer Marney Tower should end at midnight.

Layer Marney Tower weddings look different for every guest. Some couples prefer a church wedding followed by a formal wedding breakfast amongst the historic Tudor architecture. Others like to dance the night away in the barn with rustic decorations and a dancefloor!

Couples will enjoy complimentary use of the Honeymoon Suite when they book a wedding reception at Layer Marney Tower. There is also plenty of accommodation for your guests — including the de Zoete Rooms with four poster beds and a walk-in shower or glamping! 

There are six tented encampments on the grounds with wooden floors, running water and even a hot tub, all under a canvas roof. For larger events, there are also plenty of hotels in the surrounding area as well.

Yes. There are 60 spaces with an overflow area.

Excellent! Bouquet Garni provides exceptional catering at Layer Marney Tower with options for both formal and informal dining.

Yes, pre-wedding menu tastings are available with the venue’s exclusive caterer, Bouquet Garni.


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