Trains to Framlingham Castle
Both Wickham Market station, for trains from London Liverpool Street, and Saxmundham station, on the Harwich-to-Lowestoft line, are about 15 minutes cab ride from Framlingham Castle. Trains from London Liverpool Street to Wickham Market take about two and a half hours, and the number 62 bus from the station is a 15-minute ride. Other buses that serve Framlingham are the Galloway European 118 and 119, and the Nightingales 482.
About Framlingham Castle
A Norman motte and bailey castle once stood on the Framlingham site, but this was destroyed in the late 12th century by King Henry II, and replaced by the distinctive castle we see today. Framlingham Castle’s design is unusual in having no central keep, relying instead on the curtain wall and mural towers for defence.
Seized by King John in 1216, the castle became a luxurious retreat surrounded by hunting estates, and by Tudor times it enjoyed the added extensive pleasure gardens and scenic meres, which created a home fit for the powerful Mowbray and Howard families.
The centrepiece of a visit to Framlingham Castle today is a walk around the magnificent walls. Just over ten metres high and two metres thick, these bastions have stood guard for 800 years, and now afford splendid views of the surrounding Suffolk countryside. There is an exhibition showcasing Framlingham’s past, from Norman origins to the colour and pageant of the high Tudor era. In the 17th century, the castle interior became a poorhouse, which stands to this day. There is an audio trail for youngsters, and plenty of opportunity to explore the extensive gardens and grounds.
Monday to Sunday: 10:00 to 17:00
Winter opening times vary.
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