Orford Castle is located on the East Coast of England in the quaint village of Orford, Suffolk, just 12 miles northeast of the county capital, Ipswich. The castle was built around 1165-1173 by King Henry II as a stronghold against invaders, both within his realm, as well as a line of defence from hostile outside invading forces.
Well Preserved Norman Castle
Orford Castle is a great example of one of England’s most well preserved Norman castles that is almost completely intact since it was constructed. The castle was built in a polygonal shape, with polygonal rooms that are linked by a maze of passages within the castle. If you have time after touring the inside of Orford Castle, take a tour of the outside of the castle, where you will count no less than eighteen sides.
Address of Orford Castle:
Orford Castle is located at the following address:
The telephone number is (01394) 450472.
Getting to Orford Castle From London
If you are arriving from London, allow at least two and a half hours if you are coming from Central London, to reach Orford Castle. Adjust your time accordingly if you are coming from elsewhere in London or in the south.
Take the A12, which will take you through Brentwood, Chelmsford, Colchester, Ipswich and Woodbridge. Then take the B1084 to Orford, Suffolk. For a more complete guide on how to reach Orford Castle once you are in Orford, click on the interactive map here and zoom in for a clearer map of your destination. The interactive map will give you a better idea of how to reach Orford Castle once you have reached the village of Orford.
Orford Castle is well worth a visit. As the castle is in such remarkably good condition, it is possible to tour the basement, through to the lower and upper halls, up to the roof, where visitors can take in the breathtaking views of Orford Ness. The maze of passages in the castle leads curious visitors to the chapel, kitchen, as well as other chambers in the turrets.
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