Visit the extensive ruins of Baconsthorpe Castle, a moated and fortified 15th century manor house, that are a testament to the rise and fall of a prominent Norfolk family, the Heydons. Over 200 years, successive generations of this ambitious family built, then enlarged, and finally abandoned this castle.
Sir John Heydon probably built the strong inner gatehouse during the turbulent Wars of the Roses period, and his son, Sir Henry, completed the fortified house. In more peaceful times, their descendants converted part of the property into a textile factory, and then added the turreted Elizabethan outer gateway, inhabited until 1920.
Read more about Baconsthorpe Castle's history.
Before You Go
Parking: There is a free car park at the castle.
Access: Access is on gravel paths and across grass. Some surfaces are uneven and can get muddy during wet weather. Access to the inner castle area is through a rather narrow gate.
Facilities: There are no facilties at the castle but the market town of Holt is five miles away.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
Baconsthorpe Castle is a very tranquil spot, and the perfect place for a picnic on a sunny day.
Slightly further afield to the southwest, the remains of North Elmham Chapel are 16 miles away. And just under 30 miles away, you'll find the monumental remains of Castle Acre Priory, Castle and Bailey Gate.
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