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
- 9 — 10 August 2014
Travel back in time with us and meet the Thorpe family at home. Discover life 700 years ago, learn your manners, find out about food, help with arming the knight and design your own coat of arms to take away!
- Any age
No need to book, just drop in. £4.00 adults, £3.00 children/concessions, £10.00 families.