Framlingham Castle

Local nameFramlingham Castle
LocationFramlingham, UK

Framlingham Castle is a castle in the market town of Framlingham in Suffolk in England. An early motte and bailey or ringwork Norman castle was built on the Framlingham site by 1148, but this was destroyed by Henry II of England in the aftermath of the revolt of 1173–4. Its replacement, constructed by Roger Bigod, the Earl of Norfolk, was unusual for the time in having no central keep, but instead using a curtain wall with thirteen mural towers to defend the centre of the castle. Despite this, the castle was successfully taken by King John in 1216 after a short siege. By the end of the 13th century, Framlingham had become a luxurious home, surrounded by extensive parkland used for hunting.

During the 15th and 16th centuries Framlingham was at the heart of the estates of the powerful Mowbray and Howard families. Two artificial meres were built around the castle, which was expanded in fashionable brick.

Tags Motte-and-bailey CastleListed BuildingScheduled MonumentRingworkNorman ArchitectureEnglish HeritageCastle
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Opening hours

Till Sep 30, 2015: daily: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Oct 1 - Nov 1, 2015: daily: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Nov 2 - Dec 26, 2015: Sat - Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Dec 27 - Dec 31, 2015: daily: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Jan 1 - Feb 24, 2016: Sat - Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Feb 15 - Feb 21, 2016: daily: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Feb 22 - Mar 24, 2016: Sat - Sun: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed on Dec 24, 25 & 26 and Jan 1, 2016.


Adults: £7.20/£8 (no Gift-Aid/Gift-Aid)
Concessions (students with ID, seniors over 60): £6.50/£7.20
Children (5-15): £4.30/£4.80
Family (2 adults, 3 children): £18.70/£20.80
Members: free

More information and contact



English Heritage website

Phone +44 1728 724 922

Address Church Street, Framlingham IP13 9BP, UK

Coordinates 52°13'27.09" N 1°20'47.788" E

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