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“Excellent staff bring this castle to life.......dogs allowed”
Review of Framlingham Castle

Framlingham Castle
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Framlingham
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 3 November 2013

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.

1  Thank Denise S
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Reviewed 26 October 2013

Brilliant day out. Well worth a visit and full of history. Shame about the weather, however, still did the tour around the top of the castle. Well worth having the guide to bring about- the taped one- gave you all the information that you needed.
Lots of history to the castle and very very interesting. Go to the church as well- full of history aswell. Has the tomb of Henry VIII Illegitimate son Henry Fritzroy.

1  Thank Kate W
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Reviewed 25 October 2013

Framlingham is a very interesting castle with lots of history attached to it around the Dukes of Norfolk and Mary Tudor- it is well set out with information boards and the exhibition hall gives all the info you need to bring the castle to life. The wall walk is excellent with beautiful views around the surrounding countryside. It is quite moving to think you are walking in the very footsteps of some icons of our past.

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Reviewed 7 October 2013

This delightful town in Eastern Suffolk is only 100 miles from London yet is little known to either Brits or tourists. It has a commanding and ancient castle with extensive battlements which kids of all ages will love to explore as well as a lovely market square, nice shops and tea shops and a delightful atmosphere. Nearby the small coastal resorts of Aldeburgh and Southwold are equally lovely and the area is sprinkled with fantastic ancient churches (eg Westleton, Huntingfield, etc etc), pretty villages, fine pubs (The Low House in Laxfield may well be Britain's finest) and other fine sights (St Peters brewery, for example).

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Reviewed 6 October 2013 via mobile

We visited on 6 October a gorgeous sunny Sunday afternoon. We had a picnic and it was lovely sitting in the grounds. We enjoyed the walled walk and took lots of photographs. We also did the Suffolk Wildlife Trust trail which was very pleasant, even my 15 year old daughter enjoyed walking round. The museum was good also. Would thoroughly recommend and will revisit again in the future.

1  Thank traceybabs
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