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“Due to the entertainment, we spent far longer than we thought we would.”
Review of Framlingham Castle

Framlingham Castle
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Framlingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 31 August 2011

We arrived to find plenty of parking in the overflow car park. Parking is £2, but if you are using the car park to visit the castle, this is refunded to you. We arrived just as a duo of actors was performing a play about Robin Hood. They were encouraging the children in the audience to volunteer to play the parts. This was enjoyed by my 6 year old Ben, who when we watched the later performance “What Ho Henry!” desperately kept volunteering to be picked and was ecstatic when he was chosen to play Thomas Cramer. That made his day. Between perfomances they provided lots of old games, Diablo, plate spinning etc for people to try.There were also performances by an actor being an executioner, complete with a grisly hung body on a gallows. The Poorhouse is now an information display about the castle and this had boxes of dressing up clothes that Ben thoroughly enjoyed trying on. Our walk around the castle walls had some lovely views and photo opportunities and on our descent we found a small museum with some very interesting exhibits. There was a giant plastic chess set, so our boys, 6 and 16 had a game, with our 14 year old daughter sat on various squares of the board depending on how the game progressed. (The winner was our 16 year old, as Ben was being hindered by my husband).There is only a kiosk to buy drinks and food. As there wasn’t a wide range for my fussy vegetarians to eat, we ate dinner at The Castle Inn next door. You are given a sticker to wear so you can go in and out of the castle as you please, allowing you to access your car for a picnic, or explore the outside grounds. There is a well stocked shop with the usual English Heritage fare. We purchased our usual toy weapons, curd and wine. Our day was complete.

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Reviewed 28 July 2011

From the glossy pictures you might think that you have a full castle to explore but in fact its just a shell with a big empty space in the middle. The kids enjoyed running up the tower and around the top of the walls, but there is not much else, so make sure your expectations are set accordingly. If you go with this expectation, you will not be disappointed. Remember also that there are a big set of stairs involved to get up on the walls, no problem for fit kids, but Grandparents may have to stay on the ground.

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Reviewed 3 July 2011

The castle's advertising shows an imposing pile looking out over a lake and fields. What it doesn't show however that the huge curtain walls enclose a virtually empty space completely devoid of any medieval internal structure (there is an admittedly small but impressive 18th century Poor House which now houses the shop). The intial disappointment over, however, a climb up a spiral staircase (a more modern stait-case is available for the less stout-hearted) leading to a walk round the walls is well worthwhile. The views are charming and the audio-guide (ignore the 'adult' guide and settle for the 'topsy-turvy' children's guide - it's much more enjoyable and humourous with it!) is excellent. A reasonable entrance charge, usual range of souvenirs, a pleasnat way to spend an hour or so. NB. We did not have the time but a walk round the old town itself may prove equally rewarding.

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Reviewed 27 June 2011

had a really great day here, wonderful setting, a great day out for the kids

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Reviewed 31 July 2010

A very good castle with a curtain wall that you can walk around. An audio guided tour has two components- a sensible one for adults and a humorous one intended for kids that I found more engaging. Apart from a steep stone spiral staircase it's all very easy.
Well worth the visit!

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