Burgh Castle Roman Fort
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The fort has a maximimum inner width of 205 by 100 metres. The walls on three sides of the fort are fairly intact, but that on the west side have collapsed into the water. The walls stand to a height of 4.6 metres, and are supported by six pear-shaped bastions.The walls are in excellent condition.
The Romans stayed until the early 5th century, most likely leaving between AD 407-8.
Around 630 AD a monastery was established within the Roman walls by Fursa, who called the place Chobheresburgh. The monastic church stood in the south west corner of the fort, and a cemetery to the north of the church. The monastery stood until some time in the 9th century. In the 11th century the Normans built a motte and bailey castle within the fort. The mound survived until 1839.
From the castle you can look across the River Yare to Berney Arms Windmill, a restored historic mill.
About Burgh Castle Roman Fort
Address: Burgh Castle, Norfolk, England
Attraction Type: Roman Site
Location: 3 miles west of Great Yarmouth. Access via the minor road leading to the far western end of Breydon Water.
Website: Burgh Castle Roman Fort
English Heritage - see also: English Heritage memberships (official website)
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Opening Details: Open access site, usually accessible at any reasonable time
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St Olave's Priory - 3.7 miles (Abbey)
Herringfleet, St Margaret's Church - 4.4 miles (Historic Church)
Somerleyton Hall and Gardens - 4.6 miles (Historic House)
Caister Castle - 4.8 miles (Castle)
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