Orford Castle is almost unique in England in that it is only one of two castles that feature a cylindrical keep design (the other being Conisbrough Castle in South Yorkshire). Built by Henry II in the 12th century to counter the ambitions of the powerful Earls of Norfolk in East Anglia. Inside the castle, you can visit three main levels (basement, middle floor and great hall, which also features an exhibition of the castle and surrounding area). There are also lots of passageways and chambers to explore - great for the kids. It's also possible to climb up to the roof level with superb views over the Suffold coast (Orford Ness) and countryside. Unfortunately, there is no access to the three roof turrets, but you can go inside them. An audio guide is available from the shop if desired, but I would recommend just buying the EH guidebook (£2.99).
Facilities at the castle are confined to a small shop. If anyone needs the toilet, there are public toilet facilities in the village (next to smoke house).
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