A great little gem. situated in a nice little town, well worth a visit. If you're in the area, couple this with a visit to framlingham castle.
Tgis place also has a little museum that has artifacts going back to neolithic era.
Lovely port town with one of England's most complete and unusual keeps. The unique polygonal tower of Orford Castle, stands beside the pretty town and former port which Henry II developed here.
The castle is remarkably intact allowing visitors to explore from the basement, through the lower and upper halls to the roof where there are magnificent views seaward to Orford Ness. Around the rooms is a maze of passages leading to the chapel, kitchen and other chambers in the turrets. Ther is plenty to keep the children occupied if they like this sort of thing, but who wouldn't. Included in the price are the hand held speaker for the audio tour, thoroughly explaining in detail from the building of the castle to the present day.
First off, you need to be physically fit to enjoy this castle as there are a number of stairs to climb to get to it in the beginning. Then once inside, and as a castle should be, there are a lot more stairs. I wasn't quite sure what to expect when we first entered as I've been on other castle tours where they've really messed it up (ie Edinburgh Castle). I was pleasantly surprised upon entering to see they have retained the character of this place. The audio tour was also very informative. Lots of cool little nooks to discover here and beautiful views when you finally reach the top again, there are a lot stairs to climb but definitely worth the visit!
I used to enjoy going to Orford Castle as a child, but going back there recently, we thought English Heritage had done a wonderful job in bringing the castle to life. The building itself is atmospheric, small and perfectly formed, with lots of interesting features including an en-suite 'bathroom'. The views out over Orford Ness are amazing. The audio tour is well worth taking, as it explains the history of the castle and the people in it very well. Orford is an attractive village, though was mostly shut at the end of the afternoon we were there. it took us a long time to find a cafe open.
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