Framlingham Castle

Things To See and do

Welcome to Framlingham Castle

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.

Please click here for more information about the safety measures you can expect when visiting as well as our FAQs

  • Wall Walk - The Wall Walk will be open with a one-way system for you to enjoy while social distancing.
  • The Poorhouse - The Poorhouse will remain open.
  • Museum and Exhibition - The Museum and indoor exhibition will remain closed.
  • Cafe - The cafe will be open for takeaway light refreshments of hot and cold drinks as well as cakes with a one way system.
  • Shop -  The shop will be open with a one-way system in place. 
  • Toilets - Our toilets on site are open as usual. Our accessible toilet is on available on request to ensure Covi 19 cleaning measures are met. Additional hand sanitising stations will be available on site. 
  • Dogs - Dogs on leads are welcome to enjoy our grounds.
  • Picnics - Visitors are welcome to picnic in the Castle grounds and our outdoor seating area. However, BBQs are not allowed in the grounds or meadow.
  • Face coverings - Face coverings must be worn in Framlingham Castle's indoor shop, café, tea room and all other indoor spaces. We won’t be able to give you a face covering, so please come prepared so you don’t miss out.
  • Audio guides - You can enjoy an audio-tour at Framlingham Castle using your own device. Simply download the Guide ID Podcatcher App from the Google Play Store or App Store. Once downloaded search for Framlingham Castle and use the password EHFramlingham.
  • Parking - Parking is 300 metres from the entrance of the castle. Charges apply to non-Members.
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Two boys enjoying the wall walk at Framlingham Castle

Wall Walk

Embark on a journey of discovery around the magnificent wall walk. At a spectacular 10.5 metres high and 2.3 metres thick, this curtain wall has stood for more than 800 years - look down if you dare…

The castle's curtain wall has been carefully conserved so that future generations are able to enjoy spectacular views of Framlingham mere and surrounding countryside. Take the opportunity to count our chimneys, these are the oldest surviving 12th century and Tudor chimneys in the country. 

Workhouse

Take a look inside Framlingham's workhouse, the only building remaining inside the castle walls today. Built around the shell of the castle's medieval great hall, the workhouse provided works and lodging for the town's paupers from the 17th to 19th centuries.

Visit our exhibition space where you can discover more about the history of Framlingham Castle and its former residents, including Mary Tudor who was proclaimed Queen of England at the castle in 1553. 

Hands on activities

Test your knowledge in the 'Who Eats What?' game inspired by Duchess Margaret Brotherton, create plates of food and place them next to the class that would have eaten them. Challenge the monarch by playing 'Spin the King' to see their fate or try on everything from a Norman helmet to workhouse cap in the Hats Through the Ages dressing up section.

The castle is under siege, join the defence in our 'Under Attack' family trail, avaliable to puchase for £1 per trail from the admissions kiosk.

Shop

Browse the Tudor chimney inspired shelves and take home your own piece of history in the shop where you can buy chutneys and jams, wines, beers, books, garden gifts and more. 

Castle Café

Get a taste of Tudor life by trying Tudor inspired dishes in our café. Try Tarte Owte of Lent, a Tudor titled tart, consisting of all the things you're not allowed to eat during lent - cheese, cream and eggs. Fill yourself up on Tudor staple pottage, a vegetable soup flavoured with herbs and thickened with oats or grains, served with bread and cheese.

If these timeless Tudor dishes aren't making your mouth water, choose from our selection of regional hot mains, summer salads, sandwiches, baguettes, cakes and bakes. 

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