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Great days out this summer with English Heritage

Enjoy a historic family day out in Suffolk this summer at one of its many historic castles and landmarks looked after by English Heritage.

Read on to find out some of our favourite places to stand where history happened…

Framlingham Castle


Framlingham Castle is a magnificent 12th century fortress with a long and colourful past. It is behind it’s great walls, that Mary Tudor was proclaimed the first Queen of England.

Located in the picturesque market town of Framlingham, and surrounded by beautiful parkland and a peaceful lake, it’s a lovely place to spend an afternoon. First, take in the spectacular wall walk and enjoy views over the town below, then play dress up and imagine what life would have been like 500 years ago before heading to the café for a cream tea.

With action packed events happening all summer, there’s lots for families to enjoy!

  • Medieval Season at Framlingham Castle, weekends between 20th July – 1st September
  • Knights’ Tournament at Framlingham Castle, 24th – 26th August

Find out more, head to Framlingham’s website.

Orford Castle

Orford Castle is one of England’s most complete and unusual keeps, and can be found in the pretty village of Orford on the Suffolk coast. The unique polygonal tower keep is delightful to walk around, and remarkably intact, allowing you to visit the basement, lower and upper halls and roof. Conquer the castle and race to the top, for one of the best views in Suffolk.

Find out more about Orford Castle.

Saxtead Green Post Mill

Saxtead Green Post Mill is a corn mill, whose whole body revolves on its base and was one of many built in Suffolk from the late 13th century.  Although the mill ceased milling in 1947, it is still in working order and you can still climb to the various floors to see the magnificent machinery.  The mill is close by to Framlingham Castle so it’s well worth combining the two into a day out.

For more information about Saxtead Green Post Mill, visit the website.

Plus, while you’re in the area, visit one of English Heritage’s many free sites such as Moulton Pack Horse Bridge. Plan your visit.