The graveyard is open during any reasonable daylight hours and the tower exteriors can be viewed from there. The tower interiors are currently closed and we hope to reopen them in Summer 2021. When we are able to reopen, we will update this page as soon as we have more details.
Two porticoed classical towers, which stood at each end of a grandiose but highly unconventional Georgian church, designed by Robert Adam in 1776.
Read more about the history of the towers.
Managed by Mistley Thorn Residents’ Association in co-operation with English Heritage.
Before You Go
Opening Times: The graveyard is open during reasonable daylight hours and the tower exteriors can be viewed.
The keys for the tower interiors are normally available for collection from The Mistley Thorn Hotel but this is not possible under current government restrictions relating to coronavirus.
Parking: There is on-street parking near the towers.
Access: Please be aware that there are four steep, narrow steps up to the doors of each tower.
Facilties: There are no facilities at the towers but they are on the edge of the village of Mistley where there are shops, and places to eat and drink.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome in the graveyard but only assistance dogs are welcome inside the towers.
Plan a Great Day Out
Nearby Colchester is home to the remains of two religious foundations, St Boltoph’s Priory and St John’s Abbey Gate. The Iron Age defences of Lexden Earthworks and Bluebottle Grove are also in the town.
To see more of Robert Adam’s work visit Audley End House and Gardens, just over an hour away from Mistley Towers. Visitors can explore life above and below stairs, resident horses, pretty parterres and a ‘Capability’ Brown landscape.