Explore Framlingham in Suffolk
The historic town of Framlingham in Suffolk is well known for having excellent independent shops, and for being one of the most desirable places to live in the country, yet it’s most famous for the majestic building that crowns it: Framlingham Castle.
Framlingham Castle was built in the 1100s, and for centuries remained a seat of power at the centre of a vast and influential network that reached as far as the English throne. It was home to the Earls and Dukes of Norfolk: rich, ambitious families such as the Howards and the Mowbrays. However, in 1552, Framlingham passed to Henry VIII’s daughter, Mary Tudor. After the death of her brother the king, Mary fled to Framlingham Castle, and there gathered her troops before marching on London to claim the throne.
Walking the towering battlements of Framlingham Castle and exploring the historic buildings within are two things everyone should do when visiting Framlingham.
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Another is following the Framlingham Town Trail with an audio guide, which reveals the many nooks, crannies and hidden histories that are easy to miss, including an alley where bears used to sleep, and a pond once used for ducking witches! After exploring the town, take a walk round Framlingham Mere and enjoy one of the best inland views in Suffolk.
Framlingham has been a market town since 1285, and still holds a twice-weekly market on Tuesdays and Saturdays. This bustling market atmosphere spreads out from Framlingham’s Market Hill, through a web of charming streets filled with traditional businesses and independent shops, all things that make this little town such a desirable place to be.
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