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.

Royalty at the Tower

  • 5 — 7 May 2018

In the run up to this year's Royal Wedding, discover the story of a medieval Royal visit to Peterborough!

It's 1336 and King Edward III is staying in Peterborough at the abbey and has taken the opportunity to visit his friend Robert Thorpe at Longthorpe Tower. Take this chance to meet the King, learn your manners and ask him questions with Royal audiences at 11am and 2.30pm each day.

You can find out what dishes were fit for a King and see him dine at 1.30pm daily. His majesty will also be looking for a new champion to defend him, and there is the chance for children to compete for this honour at 12noon and 3.30pm both days!

Last entry 4pm daily. Just drop in on the day, or queue jump via vivacity.org

Suitable for

  • Any age


£4 adults, £3 children/concessions, £12 families. Under 5s free. English Heritage members receive 20%



Ceiling of Longthorpe Tower adorned with medieval wall paintings

An evening with Dr Alexandra Buckle

  • 17 May 2018 7:30-9pm

Explore the extraordinary paintings of musicians which adorn the ceiling of Longthorpe Tower with Dr Alexandra Buckle. Alexandra works on music in late medieval and early modern England, currently lecturing at the University of Oxford. She is especially interested in music in royal and noble households, as well as the iconography and cultural context of religious institutions. Join her for a relaxed evening to browse and ponder these beautiful works of art, which shine a light on the time in which they were created.

Light refreshments are included. Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 18+
  • 16-17
  • 14-15
  • 11-13
  • Not suitable for children


£10 adults, £8 concessions



Longthorpe Tower
Thorpe Road






01733 864663

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