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.
Knight at Longthorpe

Knights & Princesses

  • 13 — 14 August 2016 10am-5pm

Ever wanted to be a knight in shining armour? Or perhaps a princess in a wonderful gown? Now’s your chance to learn how! Longthorpe Tower will be populated by medieval characters, to bring the building to life for the whole family to enjoy.

There will be ‘How to be a Princess’ sessions with visitors at 10.30am and 1.30pm each day, and ‘How to be a knight’ sessions at 11.30am and 2.30pm daily, where prospective princesses and knights of all ages can learn their trades. Visitors can find out what the lord of the manor is having for dinner, learn to write with a quill with a monk from the abbey or see the Barber Surgeon for a cure, all surrounded by the country’s most spectacular medieval wall paintings.

For more information call (01733) 864663 or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com
Longthorpe Tower, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, PE3, 6LU

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


£4 adults, £3 children, £10 families



Longthorpe Tower
Thorpe Road






01733 864663

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