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Framlingham Castle is now open to visit. You now need to book your timed tickets in advance. We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. There are other new steps in place to ensure everyone’s safety, so your visit will be a little different.
We have introduced limits on visitor numbers to help keep everyone safe, and you won’t be able to visit without your booking confirmation. If you’re a Member, your ticket will be free, but you still need to book in advance. To book your visit, click here.
Although things might be a little different when you visit, you’ll still be able to enjoy exploring the places where history really happened. And you’ll still be given a warm and safe welcome by our friendly – if socially distant – staff and volunteers.
Roger Bigod, sheriff of Norfolk, is granted the manor of Framlingham. He builds a timber fortress.
Roger's son Hugh Bigod, 1st Earl of Norfolk, builds the first stone castle.
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Henry II confiscates Framlingham to punish Hugh Bigod for his part in a local uprising. Later, after another rebellion against the king, the castle is dismantled.
Roger Bigod II earns back his father's title of Earl of Norfolk and rebuilds the castle with the massive stone walls that survive today. He entertains King John here in 1213.
King John successively besieges the castle during the civil war that follows Magna Carta. The new king, Henry III, restores Roger's castle to him the next year.
New owner Margaret Brotherton is made Duchess of Norfolk, the first Englishwoman to be a duchess in her own right. Henry IV's son John is educated at Framlingham.
John Howard inherits and becomes the 1st Howard Duke of Norfolk. He refurbishes Framingham and dies commanding the king's troops at Bosworth Field.
Thomas Howard regains the title of Duke of Norfolk forfeited at Bosworth, and dies aged 80 at Framlingham.
Mary Tudor inherits Framlingham from her father, and rallies her troops here to fight for the throne after Edward VI dies. As queen, she restores the estate to Thomas Howard.
Elizabeth I executes Thomas, 4th Duke of Norfolk, for his part in a plot to marry Mary, Queen of Scots. Framlingham, now back in royal hands, is neglected.
James I returns Framlingham to the Howards. Heavily in debt, Theophilus Howard sells it to rich lawyer Sir Robert Hitcham.
Under the terms of Hitcham's will, Framlingham Castle becomes a poorhouse. A new poorhouse is built in 1729.
Pembroke College, Cambridge (Hitcham's old college) gives the estate to the Ministry of Works. English Heritage takes over in 1984.
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