The late 3rd century 'Saxon Shore' fort at Burgh Castle was built as part of the Roman network of coastal defences, and probably abandoned just over a hundred years later. Three of its imposing stone walls survive, almost to their original height, making this one of the best preserved Roman monuments in Britain. The fourth wall collapsed into the surrounding marshes a long time ago.
The land around the fort is a wildlife haven and offers panoramic views over Breydon Water.
Managed by Norfolk Archaeological Trust - visit their website for more information on Burgh Castle and other sites in their care.
Read more about Burgh Castle's history.
Before You Go
Parking: There is a free car and coach park in Butts Lane but please note that it is locked at 6 p.m. It is a 600-metre walk from the car park to the fort.
Access: It is possible to visit the site from dawn to dusk. There is an all-weather path around it which is accessible to those with limited mobility, including wheelchair users.
Guided tours: There are some free 45-minute guided tours in 2017 during which you can find out how this fort overlooking the water became a place of defence and shelter for nearly 2,000 years. There is no need to book - just meet your Norfolk Archaeological Trust volunteer guide at the interpretation shelter next to the main car park at 2.30 p.m. on Sundays throughout June (apart from 25th), July and August, weather permitting.
Group tours: Additional group tours to those above may be possible by arrangement via info@norfarchtrust.
Guidebook: The Norfolk Archaeological Trust's guidebook to the site and the other Norfolk Saxon Shore forts is available from local shops.
Facilities: There are no toilet or other facilities at the site itself. The site is in an exposed location but there are two small open-sided structures in the car park area, housing interpretation panels, which offer some shelter from bad weather. A small permanent exhibition on the archaeology of the fort can be found in the adjacent church. The Burgh Castle village pub (the Queen's Head) is nearby, at the junction of Church Road and Back Lane.
Dogs: Dogs on leads are welcome.
Plan a Great Day Out
If you enjoy walking, why not follow some of Angles Way, a long-distance path from Great Yarmouth to Thetford, which goes through the fort site? The section from Great Yarmouth to Burgh Castle is a lovely walk of about 4 miles along the southern shore of Breydon Water.
If you're looking for things to do in the area, just over four miles away you'll find the delightful Great Yarmouth Row House and Greyfriars' Cloisters. The Row Houses are two rare survivors of the town's original distinctive 'Rows', a crowded network of alleyways linking Yarmouth's three main thoroughfares. These unique and vividly presented houses both show life as it would have been at various stages of their histories, and are a real treasure trove for lovers of period decoration. Nearby Greyfriars' Cloisters, the remains of a 13th-century Franciscan friary, later converted into a number of Row dwellings, are also worth seeing.
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