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.
Two ladies in medieval dress

Medieval Experience Day

  • 13 — 14 May 2017 From 10am

Have you ever wanted to be a valiant knight or fine lady? Now's your opportunity with this very special event. You'll be dressed in authentic medieval costume before getting to sample medieval food, have a go at traditional crafts, make medieval cures, and try on a suit of armour – with the help of your very own squire of course!

Sessions last 2 hours, running at 10:00, 12:30 and 3:00. Over 18s only.

Booking essential.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£15 per person. To book call Peterborough Museum, 01733 864 663



The heads of three people looking up at the medieval paintings on the walls and ceiling of Longthorpe Tower

An evening with Dr Miriam Gill

  • 18 May 2017 7:30-9:30pm

Explore the extraordinary paintings which adorn Longthorpe Tower with Dr Miriam Gill, an expert in medieval wall paintings who lectures at both the Universities of Cambridge and Leicester. 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+


£10 adults, £8 concessions



Longthorpe Tower
Thorpe Road






01733 864663

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