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Framlingham Castle, English Heritage

MARCH on over to Framlingham Castle for fearsome fun and Tudor tyranny! Muster your courage and explore this 12th century home of Bloody Mary. Take on the magnificent wall walk, 34ft high and 8ft thick, spanning the whole castle site - look down if you dare! Meet the vagrants of the Elizabethan prison and find out more about this sanctuary of the poor. Plus an action packed season of events awaits with Siege!, Clash of Knights, Gruesome Goings On and much more.
 
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Framlingham is a magnificent example of a late 12th-century castle. Built by Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, one of the most influential people at the court of the Plantagenet kings, the castle, together with Framlingham Mere, was designed both as a stronghold and a proclamation of power and status. Architecturally, the fortress is notable for its curtain wall with regular mural towers, being an early example of this style.

Wall Walk  Suggested Time: 30-45 minutes

Rampage along the ramparts, gaze through the arrow slits and imagine the castle being besieged.
Meet the presenters 'Topsy and Turvy' on the new children's audio tour and hear some stories of extraordinary weirdness with unbelievable and unexpectable facts! An entertaining and humorous way of learning more about the castle.

From Powerhouse to Poorhouse Exhibition Suggested Time: 30 minutes Children and parents can learn together in the new exhibition at the poorhouse.  There's a wealth of stories presented in 2 different ways: a more formal, adult version and a more interactive, children's version. Find about about the clever and greedy barons who played a pivotal role in the signing of the Magna Carta, the people rich and poor who flocked to Framlingham in support of Mary Tudor and the children and adults who found shelter in the poorhouse.

Giant Games
These games are big enough to amuse the whole family!
Test out your building proficiency with the 'Build a Brick Red Chimney' game.
Or why not try a game of 'Kings, Earls, Cobblers and Spinners' - a version of family favourite 'Snakes and Ladders', but with latrines instead of snakes!

Facilities Baby changing facilities; family learning resources; parking; picnic benches.

Eating If the weather is fine bring a picnic and find a spot to enjoy your lunch whilst enjoying the open space.

Framlingham town also boasts a wealth of coffee shops and restaurants so make the most of your day ticket to the castle and come and go as you please

Contact

Church Street, Framlingham, Suffolk, IP13 9BP

16.63 miles     01728 724189    

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