Framlingham Castle Location map
 
  Photograph of Framlingham Castle from the South-East, Framlingham, Suffolk, England  

Framlingham Castle seen from the meadow to the South-East.

It looks, from the outside, almost as it would have done when it was built over 700 years ago. The curtain wall is in excellent condition and there is a walkway along the top.

This is one of the finest examples of a curtain-walled castle.

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  Photograph of Framlingham Castle Gatehouse, Framlingham, Suffolk, England  

Framlingham Castle Gatehouse.

The castle was 'modernised' during Tudor times and evidence of this can be seen in the obvious Tudor arch.

The brick walls seen on the approach to the gatehouse are part of a bridge over the very deep ditch which runs around the castle. It is possible to walk around this ditch and imagine how difficult it would be for an enemy to try to scale these walls.

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  Picture on the walkway on top of the castle walls, Framlingham, Suffolk, England   On the walls of Framlingham Castle.

This shows the walkway round the top of the walls. More evidence of Tudor 'modernising' can be seen in the ornate chimney stacks.

It was here that Mary Tudor, 'Bloody Mary', heard that she had become queen.

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  Photograph through one of the towers on the walls of Framlingham Castle, Framlingham, Suffolk, England   Looking through one of the towers on the walls of Framlingham Castle.

These walls are very high and although they have substantial safety railings young children should be very closely supervised.

The entrance to the wall walk is through the shop up a typical narrow medieval spiral stone stairway.

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  Picture looking across Framlingham Mere from the walls of Framlingham Castle, Framlingham, Suffolk, England   The view across Framlingham Mere from the walls of Framlingham Castle. The mere is a wildlife reserve owned by Framlingham College but maintained by Suffolk Wildlife Trust on their behalf.

All the views, from the walls, of the surrounding countryside are very picturesque indeed as can be seen here.

 

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  View of the 17th Century Poorhouse inside Framlingham Castle walls, Framlingham, Suffolk, England   None of the original buildings inside the walls remain but there is this rather fine 17th Century building which has been used as a poorhouse and is now the castle shop.

Although climbing the medieval stairway is quite an experience in itself you will be relieved to know that the way down from the walls is a modern wooden staircase at the far end of this shop.

 

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  These photographs were taken with the kind assistance of English Heritage who manage the site.