Guided tours of Longthorpe Tower

Type:Guided Tour

Longthorpe Tower, Thorpe Road, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE3 6LU
Longthorpe Tower


Longthorpe Tower is one of Peterborough's historic gems. The stone tower, built between about 1290 and 1300, is the only surviving part of a 14th century fortified manor house and its great significance derives from the spectacular wall paintings in the main first-floor room. Added about 1330, they are among the most impressive examples of medieval domestic wall painting in northern Europe.

The paintings give a vivid glimpse into the medieval mind, with a mix of religious and secular themes. Recognisable themes include the Wheel of Life, the story of King David, and the Nativity of Christ. Richly decorated scenes show people from every walk of life, from kings to animals, saints to knights and musicians.

Longthorpe Tower continues to be cared for by English Heritage, but the day to day management of visits to Longthorpe Tower came to Nene Park Trust in 2021.

The Tower is open for pre-booked 1 hour tours on Saturdays and Sundays from July 10 until the 31 October, 10am – 4.30pm daily (last admission is 3.30pm). The guided tours are led by Nene Park's team of enthusiastic and experienced volunteers, who have a passion for the history of the Tower and bring its wall paintings to life.

Guide Prices

Admission prices:
Adult: £5.00
Family (2 adults): £13.00
Family (1 adult): £8.00
Child: £3.00
Concessions*: £4.50
Under 5s: FREE
English Heritage Members: FREE
(Optional 10% fee can be added for giftaid)

*Concessions include: students, job seekers, over 65s. Please produce the relevant ID card at your visit.

Map & Directions

Opening Times

Saturdays and Sundays, 10am – 4.30pm (10 July 2021 - 31 Oct 2021)

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