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.
A Roman soldier looks out of his ranks down the line of soldiers

Romans Return to Longthorpe

  • 9 — 10 July 2016 10am-5pm

During the time of Boudicca's uprising against the Roman army, the 9th Legion were defeated and forced to take refuge at Longthorpe fortress - a Roman stronghold. Now the Legion returns to the village for one weekend only! Meet soldiers from the Legion, discover the story of the Romans in Longthorpe and get hands on with arms and armour.

Suitable for

  • Any age


£4 adults, £3 children, £10 families (2 adults, up to 3 children), under 5s free



Longthorpe Tower
Thorpe Road






01733 864663

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.