Hedingham Castle

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Hedingham Castle
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Spectacular wedding venue, Family Events and ancient monument. The 900 year old Norman keep of Hedingham Castle stands in 160 acres of spectacularly beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland where the Lindsay family, descendants of the original owners, the De Veres, still live.Hedingham Castle is not just one place. Romantic, beautiful, ancient, historic and wild, it is somewhere to set your imagination free. Privately owned, its character is unique, and its history is the heritage of us all.
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carol b
Great Dunmow, UK61 contributions
Disappointing
Jun 2021 • Family
Started badly and got worse. I needed a couple of questions answered before booking tickets so phoned several times but always got the ansaphone. Left a message but no one called me back. I tried Facebook messages but they were ignored too. So without my queries answered I decided to buy tickets anyway and ask my questions at the gate. We arrived and parked. Attempted to follow the woodland trails using the basic map provided. There are no signs showing the various walks so we plodded along what appeared to be paths. Arriving at the castle there is a pleasant picnic area and a couple of toilets. The ground floor of the castle has become a tea room with seating which no one is allowed to use even though seating inside is now permitted. Unfortunately it got worse. The upper floor of the castle is roped off stating it's an escape room. The basement is a storage area of banqueting tables and chairs. The other floors contain cleaning equipment in the alcoves. There is almost no furniture, information boards suitable only for children, no waxworks and the walls are draped with faded and torn material. Not worth the £9.50 entrance fee by any stretch.
Written 6 June 2021
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Ann C
London, UK77 contributions
Fun Easter Trail
Apr 2021
We took part in an Easter trail around the grounds and really enjoyed it! The trail was well put together and the grounds were lovely. The only note of caution I would leave for other visitors is to take a packed lunch. The website stated that the cafe was open so we decided to buy food when we arrived. However, only drinks, crisps and cakes were available so we regretted not bringing sandwiches.

We intend to visit again post-COVID when the site is fully open again.
Written 7 April 2021
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KilburnTowers
London, UK102 contributions
Interesting and informative, with lovely gardens
Oct 2020
If you're in the area, it's really worth popping to see this. It's an interesting castle. You can imagine how it would have been in the middle ages. The gardens are very pretty.
Written 30 October 2020
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joe201670
Chelmsford, UK71 contributions
Nice day out
Sep 2020
Went here recently on a day out. Have never visited before and enjoyed the time we spent here. It was quite and there were not many people around so there was plenty of parking on the allocated field. We had a wander around the grounds before visiting the Castle. Exploring the inside of the castle was interesting and the staff we spoke to were very friendly. Purchased a take away coffee and sat outside on a bench in the sunshine admiring the Castle and views before leaving.
Written 7 October 2020
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Sahloff79
Peterborough, UK461 contributions
Head to Hedingham....
Aug 2020 • Family
Hedingham Castle in Castle Hedingham! The finest Norman keep in England. Fantastic looking building on the Essex/Cambridgeshire border. Very similar to Tattershall and Rochester Castles -that we’ve previously visited - in that the keep (tower) is pretty much all that remains of the once great castle. The keep is in excellent condition and lots of interesting things to look at inside. Well worth a visit.

Entry is gained on the first floor - the guards room where the soldiers would have lived. And bizarrely housing a little cafe! The undoubted highlight is the next 2 floors - the banqueting hall with the minstrel gallery above. Stunning. The fourth floor is the dormitory which contains lots of information about the castle, scale model etc. Unfortunately the roof was chained off on our visit - not sure whether it was linked to H&S/COVID - or whether this is a permanent arrangement? Bit of a shame as would have liked to have seen the views from up there - but still got some photos from the fourth floor windows.

Not much else to explore in the grounds - except for an old dovecote and some sculpted lakes. Well worth a half day visit and picnic but combine with the nearby Colne Valley Railway and Finchingfield/Lavenham are lovely spots nearby also.
Written 31 August 2020
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ELR
11 contributions
Don't visit if you're concerned about COVID-19
Aug 2020
Don't go here if you're worried about COVID-19, none of the social distancing measures are enforced. Despite some signs instructing patrons to wear masks, no one was at the door enforcing the policy, leaving more than 20% of other adults and pretty much all children inside maskless. There's no airflow whatsoever so it's pretty alarming. There was no flow set up except for a sign with a confusing system of times when you could go up or down the stairs (again, not followed), and there was no one policing how many people were in the rooms. When alerting staff to the problem, we were told they couldn't do anything about it or have the staff to help enforce rules. Seems to me you shouldn't open if you can't follow the law. It's a pretty castle and the grounds are stunning, but it's not worth it to put yourself at risk!
Written 22 August 2020
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FayeBradCW
6 contributions
Romantic walk around the ground
Aug 2020 • Couples
Really enjoyed our recent trip. Grounds are immaculate and perfect for a summer walk. We enjoyed strolling round the Keep as well and staff onsite were very friendly and helpful. Highly recommend.
Written 2 August 2020
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MagdalenNW6
London, England, United Kingdom15 contributions
guided tour of the landscape round the Castle as part of an Essex community foundation walk
Jun 2019
Excellent place
informative owner who was happy to fill us in with the history of the Norman building schemes in East Anglia and what has happened to the various similar castles in the meantime
Written 27 January 2020
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Sophie D
3 contributions
Wedding Day
Sep 2019
My aunt was married at the castle on Sunday and I can’t rave about the venue enough.
Beautiful stunning grounds, the lodge and bridal cottage very clean and comfy, the service from the staff absolutely outstanding.

Fabulous day all round.
Written 30 September 2019
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David R
Sudbury, UK3 contributions
Jousting at Hedingham Castle
Aug 2019
A sumptuous spectacle, but more than that, it's a sport and living history.

A huge commitment to authenticity.

A truly wonderful day out for all ages and hugely entertaining at a very reasonable price.

Wonderful erudition and passion from Sir John Hamerton who is a fountain of knowledge and will willingly answer your every question on the subject of chivalry and medieval warfare.

Highly recommended.
Written 25 August 2019
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