Hedingham Castle - Medieval English Castles
c. 1100 AD
Open to Visitors (Easter to October)

Hedingham Castle was built around 1100 and is arguably the best preserved Norman keep in England. The keep was built around 1140 and is the only major medieval structure that has survived. 

The manor of Hedingham was awarded to Aubrey de Vere I by William the Conqueror by 1086. A large ditch was cut through a natural spur into the Colne Valley to form a ringwork and inner bailey, and an outer bailey extended south further into what is now the modern village of Castle Hedingham. 

The keep has five floors including the Great or Banqueting Hall with a great fireplace and a central arch extending two stories. It’s also nearly square (53 ft by 58 ft), a common shape for Norman keeps.

Matilda, wife of King Stephen, died at Castle Hedingham on 3 May 1152. The castle was besieged twice, in 1216 and 1217. While Hedingham Castle remains a family home, the Norman keep and grounds are open to the public from Easter to October. 

Visit Hedingham Castle


Dogs Welcome
Carpark Nearby
Picnic Area
Some Steep Stairs
Hedingham Castle, Great Hall. Image courtesy of Matt Mallett
Hedingham Castle, Great Hall. Image courtesy of Matt Mallett, Creative Commons, Flickr.
Floor plans of the keep from The Growth of the English House by John Alfred Gotch, 1909.
Floor plans of the keep from The Growth of the English House by John Alfred Gotch, 1909. Source: Wikimedia Commons.


11.00am – 4.00pm

11.00am – 4.00pm

Tuesdays (School holidays only):
11.00am – 4.00pm


Hedingham Castle,
Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham
Essex, CO9 3DJ


01787 460261


Type of TicketAdmission Price
18 – 65£8.50
5 – 18£6.00
Under 5Free
Family Ticket£25.00
One Adult Family Ticket£17.50


Note: Residents of Castle Hedingham & Sible Hedingham only will be charged £2 for entry, or £12 for a season ticket


Hedingham Castle Gifts

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