Framlingham Castle Facilities

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    Car park is 300 metres from the entrance of the castle. Room 30 cars on gravel. Free (initial parking charge which is refundable to English Heritage members and visitors on admission). Overflow car park on the opposite side of road.

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    Food and Drink

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    The Café serves hot mains, summer salads, light lunches, snacks and hot and cold drinks. As well as sandwiches, soups and cakes the meals served also include regional dishes and traditional Tudor recipes. A range of local produce are also available from local suppliers.

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    Picnic Area

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    You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. There are picnic benches outside the workhouse.

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    Shop

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    Range of English Heritage gifts including selection of medieval and Tudor themed souvenirs, as well as Framlingham Castle mementoes.

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    Toilets

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    Male and female toilets within the castle walls and a fulll accessible disabled toilet in the car park.

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    Dogs

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    Dogs on leads permitted in the grounds. Assistance dogs welcome throughout site.

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    Museum

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    Entry includes access to the Lanman Trust's Museum of local history.

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    Exhibition

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    Discover the stories of the castle in the exhibition on the reinstated mezzanine level in the Workhouse. Get to know the castle's varied owners in the exhibition walkthrough, former residents included the famous Howard family and Mary Tudor who was proclaimed Queen of England at the castle in 1553. A game inspired by Duchess Margaret Brotherton challenges you to create plates of food and place them next to the class that would have eaten them in the 'Who Eats What?' game, or challenge the monarch by playing 'Spin the King' to see their fate. Try on everything from a Norman helmet to workhouse cap in the Hats Through the Ages dressing up section.


    The exhibition building was previously known as the poorhouse, but research has revealed that the Red House of 1664 and the adjacent stone building of 1729 were actually built as workhouses, places where the poorest members of the community carried out useful work in return for financial support, and later accommodation. Institutions like the Framlingham workhouse later gave way to the notoriously harsh workhouses of the Victorian age.

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    Gardens

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    Visitors can explore the Mere, the castle’s outer courts and the wall-walk with its spectacular views over the surrounding countryside. Lots of space for children to run and play: kites allowed.

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    Audio Tours

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    Interactive audio tour included in admission price

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    Family Friendly

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    Baby Changing Facilities

    Located at the toilets in the car park.

    Bottle/Food Warming

    Yes on request. Ask Café staff for hot water.

    Children's Audio Tour

    Yes

    Pushchairs Allowed

    Allowed downstairs, with access to first floor via stairs.

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    Family Learning

    A variety of garden games are avaliable. A family trail around the site taking in different eras of the castle is available at an added cost from the admissions point.

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    Please be aware

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    Height hazard on the wall walk.

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    Commercial Photography and Filming

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    English Heritage welcomes all photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures with us on Flickr and Facebook.

    We do have some restrictions at certain locations, so if photography is your main reason for visiting, please call the site ahead of your visit to check if any parts of the site are restricted.

    We are keen to promote the use of our sites to location managers. If you are interested please go to (Filming Locations) for more information and contacts.

    English Heritage does not permit drone flying from or over sites in our care, except by contractors or partners undertaking flights for a specific purpose, who satisfy stringent CAA criteria, have the correct insurances and permissions, and are operating under controlled conditions.

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Church Street, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9BP
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