Suffolk has long been one of the centrepieces of English history, from important archaeological finds to medieval power struggles. If you want to get stuck into this history, then Framlingham Castle is the perfect activity to add to your stack! Explore the towering walls of this ancient castle, that was home to a vast network of power and influence, and relax in stunning parklands in a fantastic family day out.
Framlingham castle has a long and turbulent history, dating all the way back to the 18th century. It was first built by the Bigods, a powerful Norman family in the 12th century. It has seen numerous different ownerships and changes to its architecture during its time, from being home to the dukes of Norfolk, the very first woman to be named a duchess, to a refuge for the poor in the 17th century.
It was inside the walls of Framlingham Castle, protected by a mere and surrounded by miles of parklands and estates, where Mary Tudor had gathered a powerful group of supporters, and was informed she would be proclaimed the ruler of England, the countries very first Queen!
All of this history alone is enough reason to visit this castle! Framlingham is surrounded by 10.5 metres high wall, which has stood for an incredible 800 years, where you can take a walk of fascinating discovery, and put yourself in the shoes of the estates historical figures, taking in breath-taking views of Suffolk’s landscape as well as some of England’s oldest surviving Tudor structures.
Step inside the Framlingham workhouse – this building was constructed around the shell of what was once the castles great hall, providing work and accommodation for Suffolk’s poorer rural population at the time, and is the single remaining building inside the castle walls. Inside you’ll find a fascinating exhibition, giving you an insight into the castles history and former residents, including Mary Tudor.
Make sure to browse the shop, where you can take home your very own piece of history and locally made produce, from wines, beers to garden gifts. After exploring the castle, make a stop at the café to reenergise, where you can choose from a delicious selection of hot and cold seasonal food. Book your tickets now and immerse yourself in this exciting period of history!