Parking on site is limited and charged at £2 all day. There is free on street residential parking as you enter the town of Framlingham. I was fortunate to visit on a Saturday and therefore visited the local bustling market with wonderful fresh produce and handcrafted trinkets. I bought a delicious fresh sausage baguette and proceeded to walk the narrow streets into the castle grounds. I passed numerous old buildings and enjoyed my stroll into the castle grounds missing out on the rush of motorists searching for parking. This town warmly welcomes visitors in the local shops and the great local pub. There are two cash machines near the market square. On entering the castle, I was met by the most welcoming staff members. I was given a detailed map and informed that the walk can be completed in 1 hour if I wanted to but they encouraged me to view the whole grounds and to enjoy the bridge walk and the walk around the lakes. I was aware that the pub next door served food until 3pm and wanted to combine my visit with a delicious pub lunch. Refreshments here are basic and there is no milk chocolate on sale in the kiosk or shop. I enjoyed the walk around the lake. The free audio guide collected from the visitor centre gave an interesting insight into the history and struggles of its day. By pressing the odd numbers on the audio, the notice boards corresponded with the narration but by pressing the even numbers there was a form of horrible histories narrated in an annoying voice. There were plenty of photo opportunities in the castle grounds and the shell of the poor workhouse which has been transformed inside to become the visitor centre. Dogs are made very welcome and the one thing that stands out here is the interaction with the staff. They are so caring and welcoming to everyone and that is the true magic of this place. I spent longer here as I was made to feel so at ease and welcome. Gold star to the staff. Lovely town and lovely people.
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