Longthorpe Tower

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 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 Culture & Leisure, a registered charity.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Historic house or home, Castle or defences

Opening hours

The Tower is open:
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from April – October, 10am-5pm (last admission 4pm).

We also run special events at the Tower during this period.

Admission charges

Adult £3, Children & Seniors £2 (under 5s FREE), Families £8 (2 adults & up to 3 children), English Heritage Members FREE

Special charges apply on event days.


  • English Heritage
  • Cadw: Welsh Historic Monuments
  • Historic Scotland

Additional info

Due to the listed nature of this property, access is limited. If in doubt, please call 01733 864663 for more information.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Medieval Christmas

Merry Medieval Christmas

  • 9 — 10 December 2017 10am-5pm

Travel back in time this festive season and experience a Medieval Christmas first hand. Meet colourful characters as they deck the halls of Longthorpe Tower. Get a taste for Christmas’ past as you help prepare a festive feast fit for Lords and Ladies, discover medieval traditions and craft your very own historic decoration to take home. There’s no need to book for this event, just drop in.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£3 children, £4 adults, £12 families. English Heritage members receive 20% discount on event prices. Last entry 4pm



Longthorpe Tower
Thorpe Road






01733 864663

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