3 castles you should visit in Norfolk


3 castles you should visit in Norfolk

Castle Rising Castle

Castle Rising Castle   Castle Rising Castle

Castle Rising Castle is one of the largest, best preserved and most lavishly decorated keeps in England. The building of this 12th century castle was begun in 1138 by the Norman lord William d'Albini for his new wife, the widow of Henry I.

In the 14th century it became the luxurious residence of Queen Isabella, widow (and alleged murderess) of Edward II. The castle was passed to the Howard family in 1544 and it remains owned and managed by them today.

The earthworks which form the whole site and extent of the castle cover an area of between 12 and 13 acres and comprises three baileys. An inner bailey, and two lesser outworks. Within the inner bailey you can find the remains of an early Norman Church, thought to be the first parish church of Rising.

Castle Rising Castle is amongst the finest surviving examples of its kind in the country and, together with the surrounding earthworks, ensures that this castle is a national importance.

Address: Castle Rising Castle, Castle Rising, Kings Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6AH

Castle Acre Castle

  Castle Acre Castle

Castle Acre Castle is set in the tranquil rural village of Castle Arce. This castle was founded soon after the Battle of Hasting by the first Willian de Warenne, a close associate of William the Conqueror. The building of this castle begun in 1070s and William de Warenne’s descendants held the castle until 1347, several whom were major political and military figures.

Castle Arce Castle is a well-preserved example of a motte-and-bailey castle, and remains one of the most impressive Norman earthworks in the country. The Bailey Gate is one of two stone gatehouses added to the settlement's massive earthwork defences in around 1200. The main road into the village still runs between its towers.

Address: Castle Arce Castle, Pye's Lane, Castle Acre, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2XB

Baconsthorpe Castle

Baconsthorpe Castle   Baconsthorpe Castle

Baconsthorpe Castle, a moated and fortified 15th century manor house, is linked to the dramatic rise and fall of the Heydon family, who lived there for over 200 years. It is thought that Sir John Heydon built the strong inner gatehouse during the turbulent Wars of the Roses Period, and his son, Sir Henry, completed the fortified house.

The Heydon first made their fortunes as lawyers, but their source of wealth came from the wool industry. Baconsthorpe Castle was built as their main residence in about 1450, and became larger and more elaborate as the family’s wealth grew. The accumulation of large debts, however, forced them to demolish much of the castle in 1650.

Baconsthorpe Castle empty ruins stand in the middle of open meadows and farmland, with an impressive moat and lake offering an idea of the grandeur building this once was.

Address: Baconsthorpe Castle, Hall Lane, Baconsthorpe NR25 6LE