Places to Visit - East

From grand stately homes and spectacular castles to beautiful gardens and remarkable ruins, the East of England is packed with places to visit.

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Climb the castle walls

Embark on a journey of discovery around the magnificent wall walk of Framlingham Castle. Enjoy the spectacular views, uncover the castle’s 800-year history and be inspired by Suffolk's castle on the hill.

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Meet the staff at Audley End

On select weekends our historical characters bring the story of Audley End to life. Come face to face to with Mrs Crocombe as she prepares a meal for the family, bump into the stable hands while they’re grooming the horses and meet our gardener Mr Vert around the grounds.

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Explore a Norman village in Norfolk

Castle Acre, a tranquil rural village in Norfolk, boasts an extraordinary wealth of history. Explore one of the best preserved monastic sites in England, Castle Acre Priory, before enjoying a circular walk to the site of Castle Acre Castle which was founded soon after the Battle of Hastings.

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Uncover myths and legends

Orford Castle in Suffolk features an unconventional design to match its unusual history. It was said to be where a ‘wild man’ was held in custody after being caught in the nets of local fishermen. In recent years the castle has undergone significant conservation work to protect the outer walls.

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  • Spotlight On Framlingham Castle

    Discover the centre of a vast network of power and influence, and one of the best preserved medieval castles in England. With its towers and curtain walls still standing proudly, it's here that you can explore almost 1000 years of history.

  • Historic Gardens

    From Capability Brown's designs at Audley End to the rolling landscapes of Wrest Park, the East of England is home to some of our most beautiful gardens.

  • How to create a landscape garden like Capability Brown

    Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown is remembered for the radical changes he made to country estates in the mid-eighteenth century. But what makes a great landscape design?

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  • Extraordinary Summer Days Out

    Delve into action-packed events, get away on an escape into history and find inspiration for a historical summer the whole family will love.

  • Days out with dogs

    Explore our sites with your four-legged friends this summer.

  • Legendary Summer 2023

    Experience legendary drama at one of our blockbuster historical events taking place across the country this summer.

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Take a break from the hubbub of daily life by exploring a range of picturesque and tranquil English Heritage sites in the East of England. Make the most of what this region and the rest of the country has to offer with an English Heritage Membership. Enjoy unlimited access to hundreds of historic places plus free and discounted entry to our fantastic events.

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