Historic Castles in East Anglia

Norwich Castle, Norfolk

Norwich Castle is one of the city's most famous landmarks. Built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago, the Castle was once used as a prison and today is a museum and art gallery. With regularly scheduled special events and workshops during school holidays it is a hit with visitors of all ages. 

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Castle Rising Castle, King's Lynn

Castle Rising Castle is one of the most famous 12th Century castles in England. The stone keep, built in around 1140 AD, is amongst the finest surviving examples of its kind anywhere in the country and, together with the massive surrounding earthworks, ensures that Rising is a castle of national importance. In its time Rising has served as a hunting lodge, royal residence, and for a brief time in the 18th century even housed a mental patient.

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Castle Acre, near Swaffham

Caste Acre

The rural village of Castle Acre contains the rare complete survival of a Norman planned settlement, including a castle, village, parish church and one of the best-preserved monastic sites in England, Castle Acre Priory. All this was the work of a great Norman baronial family, the Warennes, mainly during the 11th and 12th centuries.

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Caister Castle, near Great Yarmouth

Caister Castle

Caister Castle was commissioned in 1432 by Sir John Fastolf. The 90-foot tower remains intact and visitors can climb to the top for a magnificent view of the castle ruins and the surrounding area. Facilities include a café serving light refreshments, a picnic area and a woodland walk.

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Framlingham Castle, Suffolk

Framlingham is a magnificent late 12th-century castle, its striking outline reflected in the nearby mere. Once at the centre of a vast network of power and influence, the castle was owned by the Earls and Dukes of Norfolk for over 400 years. Take a walk around the castle's 800-year-old curtain wall to enjoy spectacular views of Framlingham mere and the surrounding countryside. Visit the workhouse, newly developed in 2017 to discover the new café, retail space and exhibition space.

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Bungay Castle, Suffolk

Bungay Castle

Bungay Castle is a Norman castle built by Roger Bigod of Norfolk, around 1100, and takes advantage of the protection given by the curve of the River Waveney. The ruins boast very impressive massive gatehouse towers and curtain walls. There is a visitor centre with a café and gift shop.

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Orford Castle, Woodbridge

Orford Castle

The unique polygonal tower keep of Orford Castle is one of England’s most complete and unusual keeps. The castle is remarkably intact allowing visitors to explore from the basement, through the lower and upper halls to the roof where there are magnificent views seaward to Orford Ness. Around the rooms is a maze of passages leading to the chapel, kitchen and other chambers in the turrets.

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Hedingham Castle, Essex

Hedingham Castle

The 900-year-old Norman keep of Hedingham Castle stands in 160 acres of spectacularly beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland. Over the Tudor bridge, the Castle’s keep towers over the inner Bailey, its massive, 110 feet high walls a testament to Norman power in a conquered country.  Explore the four fascinating floors linked by a spiral staircase take you back in time to another age where the Lindsay family, descendants of the original owners, the De Veres, still live.

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Colchester Castle, Essex

Colchester Castle

Colchester Castle is the largest surviving Norman Keep in Europe built on the foundations of an earlier Roman temple. It is one of the first stone castles in England, saw action only once, in 1216, when King John besieged it and captured it from French Mercenary troops sent to aid his rebellious barons. The Castle located in Castle Park is also home to the multi award-winning Colchester Castle Museum where you can have a go at building a Norman archway, excavating a Roman doctor's grave or steering a chariot.

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