Framlingham Castle

Overview

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Once a fearsome fortress, muster your courage and explore Framlingham Castle's towering walls. It was behind these walls that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.  Discover more of Framlingham's stories in our exhibition, and walk the ramparts of the castle to enjoy its breath-taking views.

 

Castle and Wall Walk

Embark on a journey of discovery around the magnificent wall walk. At a spectacular 10.5 metres high and 2.3 metres thick, this curtain wall has stood for more than 800 years - look down if you dare…

Enjoy the spectacular views of Framlingham mere and surrounding countryside.  Take the opportunity to count our chimneys, these are the oldest surviving 12th century and Tudor chimneys in the country.

Picnic and Play

Grab a snack from our kiosk and play knights and princesses on the lawn inside the castle walls. Or you can bring a picnic and just relax and soak up the views.

Families with energy to burn can grab an audio trail designed for the kids and head out to explore the grounds.

Exhibition

Discover Framlingham Castle's vast and colourful past in our exciting exhibition. The castle was home to some of the most powerful people in Tudor England, and then a sanctuary for the poor in the 17th century. Uncover this and more within the original poorhouse walls.

You can find out more about the castle in our audio guide. Two tours in one guide: information for adults and topsy-turvy for children.

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Parking

Car park is 300 metres from the entrance of the castle. Room 30 cars on gravel. Free (initial parking charge which is refundable to English Heritage members and visitors on admission). Overflow car park on the opposite side of road.

  • Food and Drink

    Kiosk open throughout the summer serving hot and cold drinks, and light snacks made from locally sourced ingredients. Many places to eat in nearby Framlingham town.

  • Picnic Area

    You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. There are picnic tables near the kiosk.

  • Shop

    Range of English Heritage gifts including selection of medieval themed souvenirs.

  • Toilets

    A male, female and disabled toilet at the car park.

  • Dogs

    Dogs on leads permitted in the grounds. Assistance dogs welcome throughout site.

  • Museum

    Entry includes access to the Lanman Trust's Museum of local history.

  • Exhibition

    Exhibition in the Poorhouse, which tells the story of the people who lived in the castle during its long and varied history. The displays illustrate the struggle for power between monarchs and the lords of Framlingham; the tragic stories of family members Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard (both married to, and beheaded by, Henry VIII); the accession of Queen Mary Tudor; and the Poorhouse which was still in use until 1839. The Poorhouse Kitchen provides an area where visitors can enjoy a selection of factual and fictional books relating to Framlingham Castle.

  • Gardens

    Visitors can explore the Mere, the castle’s outer courts and the wall-walk with its spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Lots of space for children to run and play: kites allowed.

  • Audio Tours

    Interactive audio tour included in admission price

  • Family Friendly

    Baby Changing Facilities

    Located at the toilets in the car park.

    Bottle/Food Warming

    Yes on request. Ask kiosk staff for hot water.

    Children's Audio Tour

    Yes

    Pushchairs Allowed

    Allowed downstairs, with access to first floor via stairs.

  • categories

    Categories

    • Attractions
    • Museums
    • Indoor Activities
    • Outdoor Activities
    • Walks & Picnics
Ages

Ages

Babies (0-1), Toddlers (1-3), Pre-Schoolers (3-5), Juniors (5-13)

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