Bungay Castle is 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,
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.
England, CO10 8NW
Eye Castle is an 11th-century motte and bailey castle with substantial 12th-century curtain walls. The castle stands atop an earlier Saxon mound that was probably the only high ground in north Suffolk. Castle Hill,
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. Church Street,
England, IP13 9BP
Orford Castle is a striking 12th-century keep within a wide curtain wall. The castle was built in 1163 by Henry II for dual purposes - 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,
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