Framlingham Castle - English Heritage

Framlingham Castle - English Heritage
Framlingham
Suffolk
IP13 9BP
England

Website

www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/framlingham-castle/

Telephone

01728 724189

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An exterior view of Framlingham Castle

Framlingham is a magnificent example of a late 12th-century castle. Built by Roger Bigod, Earl of Norfolk, the castle, together with Framlingham Mere, was designed both as a stronghold and as a symbol of power and status - as befitted one of the most influential people at the court of the Plantagenet kings. Architecturally, the castle is notable for its curtain wall with mural towers, an early example of this design.

Today the imposing stone walls and crenellated towers with their ornate Tudor chimneys dominate, while the grassy earthworks around the castle are subdued reminders of its outer defences. To the west, the Mere provides a stunning setting.

Please note: Entry also includes access to the Lanman Trust's Museum of local history.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences

Opening hours

1 April - 30 September 2014
Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

1 October - 2 November 2014
Monday 10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

3 November - 28 December 2014
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Christmas Eve
24 Dec 2014 Closed
Christmas Day
25 Dec 2014 Closed
Boxing Day
26 Dec 2014 Closed

5 January - 15 February 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

16 February - 22 February 2015
Monday 10:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 16:00
Thursday 10:00 - 16:00
Friday 10:00 - 16:00
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

23 February - 29 March 2015
Monday Closed
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday Closed
Saturday 10:00 - 16:00
Sunday 10:00 - 16:00

Admission charges

Adult £6.90
Child (5-15 years) £4.10
Concession £6.20
Family (2 adults, 3 children) £17.90

Discounts

  • English Heritage
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Easter Adventure Quest

  • 3 — 6 April 2015

Adventurers wanted this Easter weekend! You'll meet characters from the past with stories of times gone by - maybe a king, a butler, a Roman centurion or even a monk. These honourable folk will be happy to help you on your quest as you explore Framlingham Castle and crack the clues. Rise to the challenge and win your chocolate reward. It's time to get hands-on with history.

Admission

Adult £7.20 Child £4.30 Concession £6.50 Family £18.70. All children are welcome to join in the Easter Quest events. An additional £1 will be charged on standard admission for every child, member and non member, to help us fund this entertainment activity

Clash of Knights

  • 3 — 4 May 2015 10:30am-5pm

Chain-mailed and adrenalin-fuelled, massed ranks of armoured knights meet head on. Feel the heat of the battle as four teams fight with clubs and shields in this contest of skill and strength. Tensions will rise, alliances will be made and broken but only one team will triumph. Revel in the atmosphere of the encampment as it buzzes with the activity of everyday medieval life. Enjoy merry music while your budding young knights test their bravery on the field and burn off energy in battle drills.

Admission

Adult £8.00 Child £4.60 Concession £7.00 Family £22.00. Corporate or Art Fund members are not entitled to free or reduced price entry during this event. Purchase your tickets today using our online system below or by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm).

Bloody Mary Returns

  • 23 — 25 May 2015

Travel back to Tudor England and meet the most gruesome monarch of all. Immerse yourself in the sights and sounds of the 1500s in our Tudor encampments and hear tales of Bloody Mary and how she got her treacherous nickname. Watch out for your head as you meet our terrifying executioner!

Admission

Adult £7.20 Child £4.30 Concession £6.50 Family £18.70. Corporate or Art Fund members are not entitled to free or reduced price entry during this event. Purchase your tickets today using our online system below or by calling our dedicated Ticket Sales Team on 0370 333 1183 (Mon – Fri 8.30am – 5.30 Sat 9am – 5pm).

Kings and Queens

  • 26 — 29 May 2015

Put on a right royal welcome at Framlingham Castle as we teach you to avoid the pitfalls of palace life and impress your regal rulers. Uncover the ultimate curtsey, bow like a pro, and entertain without being a fool. Find out how to be the King’s right hand man or the Queen’s favourite lady in waiting at this school for novice nobles. Get it wrong and it’ll be off with your head!

Admission

Adult £7.20 Child £4.30 Concession £6.50 Family £18.70. All children are welcome to join in the Just For Kids events. An additional £1 will be charged on standard admission for every child, member and non member, to help us fund this entertainment activity

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Mistress Maud's Medieval Merriment Discovery Visit

Meet Mistress Maud and learn about life in a medieval castle. Where did they get their water and who cooked the food? What was life like for both rich and poor? Explore this beautiful castle with Mistress Maud using a mix of handling material, role play and fun! Finish off the merriment by learning a simple medieval dance.
Duration: 1 hour
Key Stage: 1, 2, History

How to obtain

Call 01223 582732 to arrange a 1 hour session on weekdays during term time. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19493 for more information.

Chosen Heir or Impostor? Discovery Visit

Mary Tudor is about to hear if she will become Queen. Join Master Will and Mistress Beth as they prepare for her arrival at Framlingham Castle and ask you to sign an oath of allegiance to her. Explore the castle, join in hands-on activities and discover the arguments about who should succeed to the the throne and their impact on the lives of rich and ordinary people in Tudor England.
Duration: 1 1/2 hours
Key Stage: 2 History

How to obtain

Call 01223 582732 to arrange a 1 hour session on weekdays during term time. Price £60 per group of up to 30 pupils until April 2009, £75 per group after April 2009. Visit http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/server/show/nav.19493 for more information.

Framlingham Castle Teacher's Kit

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/upload/pdf/Framlingham_TK.pdf

A downloadable photocopiable teaching resource sheet for use in the classroom. The teacher's kit is essential for pre-, during and post-site visit work and includes: site history, site plans & tour, documentary sources, activities, photos & reconstruction artwork, details of how to visit and supporting resources information.

Creator

  • English Heritage Education

How to obtain

Please click on the link to download.

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