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5 awe-inspiring castles in Suffolk

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 May 2016 | UPDATED: 17:10 21 October 2016

'Framlingham Castle in the snow', Andrew Hill, Flickr, CC 2.0

'Framlingham Castle in the snow', Andrew Hill, Flickr, CC 2.0

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Suffolk is rich with history and this is evident in its five castles. Some might be closer than you thought

Bungay Castle

Built by Roger Brigod of Norfolk around 900 years ago, Bungay Castle has a rich history that includes war and treason. Visit these ruins and enjoy the tranquillity that surrounds a once busy and bustling castle.

Clare Castle

Once the home of the richest woman in the country, Clare Castle is now ruins with just a motte and outer bailey remaining. However the grounds have been restored into a lovely country park, a place to revel in the history and relax in the park.

Eye Castle

Built in 1066 and mostly turned to ruins by the 14th century, Eye Castle has a fascinating past. At one time it was even used as a prison. Nowadays Eye Castle is the historical centre of the pretty town of Eye and a great place for a day out.

Framlingham Castle

The English Heritage Framlingham Castle is the site on which Mary Tudor was named the Queen of England. This grand and breathtaking building will evoke a sense of wonder and adventure.

Orford Castle

Orford Castle is one of England’s most complete keeps and has a very unusual design. Visitors can explore the inside of the castle and imagine castle life in the 12th century because it is so well preserved. With lots of intriguing history including the story of the ‘wild man of Orford’, there is lots to hook your attention at Orford Castle.

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