Longthorpe Tower was built in about 1290 -1300AD by the Thorpe family, and is a rare survival of a medieval 'solar tower'. The site is internationally important, primarily as the first-floor room of the Tower is decorated with one of the most complete and interesting examples of medieval domestic wall paintings in northern Europe. Painted between 1320 and 1340AD in the typical fashion of the time, the depictions of religious, secular and mythical subjects offer a fascinating insight into the medieval mind and daily life. Added to an earlier medieval manor house, the Tower was given to the nation in 1948 and has been cared for by English Heritage since 1984. It is managed by Vivacity on behalf of English Heritage.
Thorpe Road, Longthorpe, Peterborough, PE3 6LU
General Information: 01733 864663
The Tower is managed by Vivacity on behalf of English Heritage.
The Tower has a small shop display, but no cafe.
Please be aware that parking for Longthorpe Tower is available in St Botolph’s church car park, approximately 100 metres away. Unfortunately there is no disabled parking spaces nearer the Tower.
There are also steps up to the door of Longthorpe Tower (entrance is into the painted chamber), and once inside there are steep medieval stairs and low doors to reach the upper chamber (which contains a small exhibition and interactive elements).
On-site toilet facilities may not be suitable for those with additional needs, and are contained in an outside building.
The Tower is open:
Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from April – October, 10am-5pm (last entry 4pm).
General Admission prices:
Children, Students and Seniors £2
Families £8 (2 adults & up to 3 children)
under 5s FREE,
English Heritage Members FREE
Admission prices vary on special event days. Our next special event day is 'Knights & Princesses' on Sat 11 & Sun 12 August 2018.
We offer guided tours of Longthorpe Tower for individuals or groups, subject to availability.
About the tours
Tours cover the history of the Tower and the Thorpe family who built it, and include a detailed exploration of the wall paintings and their medieval meanings.
Groups can book to visit Longthorpe Tower outside of its opening hours or during the closed season to have a guided tour. If you're looking for something a little special, we can also create bespoke events for groups, so please contact us to discuss your needs.
Please contact us on (01733) 864663 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org for more details and to discuss your needs.
Please note that while there is no minimum number needed to book a guided tour, there is a minimum charge.
To ensure we are able to meet your requirements, we kindly ask that private tour enquiries are made at least 3 weeks in advance of the proposed visit. If you would like to visit within this timeframe, it would be best to contact us via phone on 01733 864 663 to enquire about short-term availability.
Beautiful hidden gem