1 family, 5324 historic attractions and counting ... the Britain Express family - passionate about British heritage!
spacerBritain Express home page
 Travel Guides : England | Scotland | Wales | London   |  Accommodation | History

 Self catering

Travel Guide
Towns and Villages Gazetteer

All attractions
  Attractions map
Ancient sites
Historic Buildings
Historic Churches
Historic Houses

Travel Resources
Tourist Information Centres
Travel links

Suffolk Hotels
Self Catering
Bed and Breakfasts

. . . . . . . . . . . . .
Travel Services
 Rail Tickets
 Car Rental
Tourist Info Centres
Travel Directory
 Tour Operators
 Car Rental
 Walking Holidays
 Waterways  Holidays
 Heritage Traveller

 Photo of the Day
 RSS Feeds

 About us

Home > England > Suffolk > Gazetteer of Castles

Castles in Suffolk

This page Bungay Castle - Orford Castle


Bungay Castle

A late 12th century castle erected by Hugh Bigod, the powerful Earl of Suffolk. Bigod was one of the strongest opponents of King Stephen, who tried to buy his loyalty by granting him the earldom. Henry II seized Hugh's lands, including Bungay, but later returned them. Around 1163 Bigod started building a strong keep at Bungay, standing over 33 metres high (100 feet) and surrounded by walls 5-7 metres thick.
Castle Orchard, Bungay, Suffolk, England

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating  ?

Photos of Bungay Castle

Nearest: Hotels - Self Catering - Bed and Breakfasts


Clare Castle

Remains of a Norman fortress, situated within the beautiful countryside setting of the Clare Castle Country Park. A motte and bailey castle was built by Richard Fitzgilbert, cousin of William the Conqueror, shortly after the Norman conquest. The manor was later taken over by Gilbert de Clare. The de Clare family replaced that first wooden castle with a stone keep in the 13th century, and it is the remains of the 13th century fortress atop the Norman 70 foot mound we can see today. Within the inner bailey is a Victorian era railway station built by the Great Eastern Railway.
Clare, East Anglia, Suffolk, England

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating  ?

Photos of Clare Castle

Nearest: Hotels - Self Catering - Bed and Breakfasts


Eye Castle

An 11th century motte and bailey castle with substantial 12th century curtain walls, Eye Castle was built by William Malet in 1186 atop an earlier Saxon mound that was probably the only high ground in north Suffolk. Eye Castle was attacked by Hugh Bigod, Earl of Suffolk, in 1173. The castle withstood Bigod's men, but was so badly damaged that it had to be rebuilt.
Castle Hill, Eye, Suffolk, England

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating  ?

Photos of Eye Castle

Nearest: Hotels - Self Catering - Bed and Breakfasts


Framlingham Castle

An idyllic 12th century castle on a rise overlooking a quiet lake. Framlingham Castle was built by the powerful Hugh Bigod, Earl of Norfolk. The castle is enclosed in a very well-preserved curtain wall with 13 towers. Framlingham's moment on the stage of English history came in 1547, when Mary Tudor waited at Framlingham for news of Henry VIII's death. The castle was later used as a poorhouse, a prison, and a school.
Framlingham, East Anglia, Suffolk, England, IP13 9SP

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating  ?

Nearest: Hotels - Self Catering - Bed and Breakfasts


Orford Castle

Orford Castle is a striking 12th century keep within a wide curtain wall. The castle was built in 1163 by Henry II for dual puroposes - to guard the Suffolk coastline and to exert royal control over an area known for its belligerent nobility. The curtain wall has all but disappeared, but the stone keep is in wonderful condition. You can climb to the top for superb views over Orford and out to sea.
Orford, East Anglia, Suffolk, England, IP12 2ND

Heritage Rating: Heritage Rating  ?

Nearest: Hotels - Self Catering - Bed and Breakfasts



Name the Historic attraction

Name the mystery historic attraction
See larger image

British Heritage Awards

Celebrate the best of British Heritage in our annual
British Heritage awards.

View this year's winners.

British History Quiz

George, Duke of Clarence, brother of Edward IV, was executed by drowning in ...


This Day in British History

31 March, 1854

Britain declares war on Russia

British troops had already left Britain for the Crimea

Monarch Mayhem

This queen was married at 11 to the Holy Roman Emperor, Henry V



York (Hotel)

Reubens Court Luxury Apartments

Reubens Court Luxury Apartments - 4 luxurious and contemporary 1 & 2 bedroom York city centre serviced holiday let apartments with free onsite parking sleeping between 2 & 6 people. Reubens Court is a spacious 2 bedroom serviced apartment sleeping up to 4 people in the centre of York. This … more >>

More hotels in Yorkshire >>

Keighley (Hotel)

Dalesgate Hotel

Situated on the very edge of the Dales & Bront? country, only ten minutes drive from Skipton, The Dalesgate Hotel offers the ideal base for both business & pleasure, long or short term. more >>

More hotels in Yorkshire >>

Yorkshire Travel Resources

Tourist Info Centres
Travel Guide
Travel Links

York Travel Guide - Travel and tourism information for the cty of York.