Medieval Britain: Framlingham Castle. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.
1148 AD
Open to Visitors

Framlingham Castle is a castle in the market town of Framlingham in Suffolk that has no central keep but a curtain wall with 13 towers. 

Initially, Framlingham Castle was an early motte and bailey or ringwork Norman castle built around 1148. It was heavily damaged by Henry II of England in the aftermath of the revolt of 1173–4. Roger Bigod, the Earl of Norfolk, constructed a replacement. The castle was 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 frequently used for hunting.

Framlingham Castle was given to Pembroke College (University of Cambridge) as a philanthropic gesture in 1636, and the internal buildings were taken down. Today, Framlingham Castle is managed by English Heritage and run as a tourist attraction. 

The 12th-century walls of the Inner Court. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.
The 12th-century walls of the Inner Court. Image courtesy of Wikimedia.

Visit Framlingham Castle


No Dogs Allowed
Carpark Nearby (Paid)
Picnic Room
Cafes / Restaurants
Step-Free Access


Open 10:00 – 17:00


Church St, Framlingham, Woodbridge IP13 9BP


01728 724922


Type of TicketAdmission Price
Concession (over 65s, people with disabilities, students, adults receiving benefits)£10.20
Child (5-17)£6.80
Family with 1 adult£18.10
Family with 2 adults£29.40


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