Longthorpe Tower

Longthorpe Tower
Thorpe Road






01733 864663

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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.

Venue Type:

Heritage site, Historic house or home, Castle or defences

Opening hours

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.

Admission charges

Adult £3.50, Concessions £2.50, Children £2 (under 5s FREE), Family £8, English Heritage Members FREE, Vivacity Heritage Pass holders FREE

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.
Shot of various illuminated manuscripts

Introduction to Medieval Illuminated Manuscripts

  • 28 March 2015 10am-4pm

In this introduction to illuminated manuscripts, you will be guided through how to apply real gold leaf using various traditional techniques. In the inspirational medieval surroundings of Longthorpe Tower, you will then create a small medieval design in watercolour and 24 carat gold leaf to take home.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£60 per person. Booking is essential as places are limited. For bookings call 01733 864663, or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com