Longthorpe Tower was built around AD 1300. It is a very well preserved example of a solar tower, containing the private apartments of the owner of the fortified house. It boasts the finest medieval wall paintings in Western Europe, one of the most complete and important sets of 14th century domestic wall paintings in northern Europe. This varied ‘spiritual encyclopaedia’ of worldly and religious subjects includes the Wheel of Life, the Nativity and King David.
The Tower is owned by English Heritage but managed by Vivacity.
Heritage site, Historic house or home, Castle or defences
The Tower is open:
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays between 7 April – 31 October, 10am-4pm (last admission 3.30pm).
A tour guide or costumed interpreter will be on site on the first Sunday of the month, April to October. We also run special events at the Tower during this period.
Adult £3.50, Concessions £2.50, Children £2 (under 5s FREE), Family £8, English Heritage Members FREE, Vivacity Heritage Pass holders FREE
Introduction to Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts
- 28 March 2015 10am-4pm
In this introduction to illuminated manuscripts, you will be guided through how to apply real gold leaf using various traditional techniques. In the inspirational medieval surroundings of Longthorpe Tower, you will then create a small medieval design in watercolour and 24 carat gold leaf to take home.
£60 per person. Booking is essential as places are limited. For bookings call 01733 864663, or email firstname.lastname@example.org