Framlingham Castle is located in beautiful coastal Suffolk, in the East of England. The castle was built by Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, around 1189-1200, to replace his father’s castle, which Henry II had destroyed in 1175. How can you make the most of your time at the castle and what is the best way to get to Framlingham Castle?
Architecture of Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle is extraordinary in its craftsmanship in that it was built without a keep to protect it from potential invaders. Rather, Framlingham Castle relied on the defensive walls, towers and earthworks to keep the castle safe from attack. There are currently 12 hollow towers that surround Framlingham Castle (a 13th tower collapsed) which is connected by a large, thick curtain wall. Visitors are free to take the wall walk along the perimeter of Framlingham Castle, a spectacular structure that offers amazing views of Framlingham.
History of Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle has passed through the hands of many owners over the centuries, including the Tudor monarchs, one of whom, Queen Mary I, used the ancient fortress as her rallying point to gather her troops for battle as she prepared to march south into London, to capture the puppet-queen, Lady Jane Grey. Visitors can still capture a glimpse into Framlingham Castle’s impressive past as they walk take the wall walk and imagine what life must have been like during the castle’s colourful past.
Address of Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle is located at the following address:
Getting to Framlingham Castle
Framlingham Castle is clearly signposted once you reach Framlingham on the B1116, which is just off the A1120. By train, Framlingham Castle is 6.5 miles from Wickham Market and 7miles from Saxmundham. If you are coming from London, Framlingham Castle is approximately 2 hours north-east of London.
No trip to coastal Suffolk would be complete without taking a trip to Framlingham Castle. So before you decide to dip your feet in the North Sea, stop by Framlingham Castle, located on the B1116, off the A1120, and take in the many delights of this spectacular Norman castle.
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