Facilities at Framlingham Castle

  • Parking

    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.
  • Food And Drink

    Kiosk open throughout the summer serving hot and cold drinks, and light snacks made from locally sourced ingredients. Many places to eat in nearby Framlingham town.
  • Picnic Area

    You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy in the grounds. There are picnic tables near the kiosk.
  • Shop

    Range of English Heritage gifts including selection of medieval themed souvenirs.
  • Toilets

    A male, female and disabled toilet at the car park.
  • Dogs


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

  • Museum

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


    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.

  • Gardens


    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.

  • Audio Tours

    Interactive audio tour included in admission price
  • Family Friendly


    Baby Changing Facilities

    Located at the toilets in the car park.

    Bottle / Food Warming

    Yes on request. Ask kiosk staff for hot water.

    Children's Audio Tour


    Push Chairs Allowed

    Allowed downstairs, with access to first floor via stairs.
  • Education


    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.

  • Please Be Aware


    Height hazard on the wall walk.

  • Commercial Photograph And Filming


    English Heritage welcomes amateur photographers to our sites and we hope you will share your pictures of your visit with us on social media.

    If you are looking to use one of our sites for commercial, corporate or professional photography or as a filming location, please contact our filming team as soon as possible to check availability and acquire the relevant permissions and paperwork.

    Due to the delicate nature of our sites, 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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