Sometimes there is nothing better than spending the day exploring a historic castle, whether you are a family looking to keep everyone entertained or a solo traveller interested in the rich past of an area and luckily Norfolk has a number of castles which are worth visiting next time you plan a visit.
Norwich Castle was constructed 900 years ago as a Royal Palace by William the Conqueror and it is now home to a fascinating museum and gallery. The Castle has been used as both a palace and a prison and it is possible to follow the story of its past as well as to uncover the collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history which are now housed here. Norwich is within easy reach of any of the hotels in north Norfolk and makes a worthwhile day out.
Owned by the English Heritage, the extensive ruins at Baconsthorpe Castle are just a short drive from The Harper Hotel Langham UK and are all that is left of the 15th century manor house which once stood here. The construction of the moated and fortified house was completed over 200 years as successive generations of a prominent Norfolk family occupied the manor but it was eventually left to fall into decline when it was finally left vacant in the early 1920s.
Castle Rising Castle
Castle Rising in King’s Lynn is one of the largest and best preserved keeps in England and consists of three bailets which are each surrounded by over 20 acres of earthworks. It has a rich and varied history and was once the home of the exiled Queen Isabella who was allegedly behind the death of Edward II.
Castle Acre Castle is an interesting landmark, being one of the finest surviving examples of an early and planned Norman settlement in England. It is also home to one of the best preserved monastic sites in the country as well. Castle Acre was created predominantly by the Warenne family during the 11th and 12th century.
Burgh Castle is the only castle in Norfolk which predates the Norman conquest and this makes it a very rare landmark indeed. The castle was built by the Romans as a defence against the Saxons and although only three of the rectangular castle walls remains, it is still very interesting to visit and imagine what the sight of the castle might have been like in its hey day, particularly with the impressive 3 mile wide estuary located just in front.
Caister Castle was constructed in the 15th century and although it suffered significant damage when it was besieged during 1469, the 100 foot high tower still remains and offers visitors the chance to climb to the top and look out across the castle ruins and the surrounding area. Interestingly, during this siege, in which the Duke of Norfolk brought his army of 30,000 men to try and capture the castle, letters were passed back and forth between Margaret Paston and her two sons which detail the violence of the attempt; these letters are the first record of private correspondence to survive in Britain and are now held in the British Museum.