History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The site was probably used for fortifications as early as the 6th century, but of those early structures nothing remains. Framlingham enters history more firmly at the turn of the 12th century, when the estate was given by Henry I to Roger Bigod. It seems likely that Bigod built a simply wooden motte and bailey castle at Framlingham, but it was left to his second son, Hugh, later the first Earl of Norfolk, to replace that structure with one of stone. That fortification was ordered dismantled by Henry II about 1175, but it was rebuilt by Hugh's son Roger, the Second Earl of Norfolk, about 1190. It is largely Roger's work that visitors can see today.
Though the interior of Framlingham offers little to recall its days of power, the exterior, including the curtain wall and towers, offer a very enjoyable day out. Visitors can walk along the top of the castle wall, which is protected by railings.
NB. Visitors can see the tombs of the Howard family, Dukes of Norfolk, at nearby St Michael Church.
About Framlingham Castle
Address: Church Street, Framlingham, East Anglia, Suffolk, England, IP13 9BP
Attraction Type: Castle
Location: on B1116
Website: Framlingham Castle
Phone: 01728 724922
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Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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