Orford Castle


Book a visit to Orford Castle to bring medieval history to life. Explore from the basement, through the lower and upper halls, to the roof, where there are magnificent views towards Orford Ness. 

Curriculum links

Bring the curriculum to life at Orford Castle:

  • KS1-3 History: Local History study. Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality
  • KS1-2 Geography: Understand where Orford Castle was built, and why its location was so important to king Henry II
  • KS1-KS2 Drama: Links between the building and people who used it through various role play
  • KS2 History: Extend pupils' chronological knowledge beyond 1066
  • KS2-3 Geography: Place Orford Castle in its geographical context
  • KS3 History: The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509; The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509 -1745
  • KS3 Maths, Design & Technology: Understand that Orford Castle’s shape was carefully designed using simple geometry
  • KS4 History: OCR Specification A; study of the historic environment: ‘Castles: Form and Function c.1000-1750’

Free self-led visits

Bring learning to life and book your free self-led visit to Orford Castle, to discover one of England's best preserved and most unique keeps. Explore from the basement to the roof, and follow a maze of passages leading to the chapel, kitchen and other chambers in the turrets, to imagine what life was like in a medieval castle. Learn more about local history in the Orford Museum, located upstairs in the castle.

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Pre-visit learning

From early Norman motte and bailey castles to sophisticated medieval structures: watch this animation to discover how castles developed and why they were as much about status as defence. 

Plan Your Trip

We have a wide range of materials to support your visit and make school trip planning easy. You can find all our site-specific information and tools below, and for Covid-19 risk assessments and measures we’ve got in place please visit our what to expect page.

Download our free resources to help you make the most out of your visit and create unique learning experiences before, during and after your trip. We also offer free planning visits for group leaders once you have made a booking. Visit our bookings page to start planning your trip!


  • Facilities
    • PARKING There is no coach parking at the castle. The free car park 50 metres from the entrance is drop-off only. Coaches can use the pay-and-display parking available at Orford Quay Car Park.
    • TOILETS: There are no toilets on site for visitors but there are free public toilets close to the castle, located on Market Hill. Please speak to a member of staff and they will direct you.
    • LUNCH: Food and drink are not permitted inside the castle, but there are benches near the keep where picnicking is encouraged.
    • SHOP: The shop is well stocked with memorabilia for your students to buy and take home. We ask that you help our staff by supervising your students and only allowing ten in the shop at any one time.
    • STORAGE Unfortunately, there are no bag storage facilities at the castle.
  • Learning Resources

    A Teachers' Kit is a free educational tool packed with everything you need to give your group a deep insight into the place you are visiting. Featuring historical information, suggestions for activities, and high-quality images, this resource is a comprehensive toolkit for group leaders of various subjects and key stages. Kits also include key site information, facilities, plans and hazard information.

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