Small for a Castle but never the less well maintained and mighty, Orford Castle is well worth a visit when you’re in Suffolk staying on a Woodfarm Barge.
What Orford Castle lacks in size it makes up for in quality. It is one of the most complete keeps in the UK and its unique polygonal tower makes it a true one-of-a-kind.
With a history dating all the way back to the 12th century, there’s much to uncover at Orford Castle. The Castle has been embroiled in much drama over the centuries. Including family infighting, uprisings and foreign invasions.
So if you’re looking to spend a day with your feet back on dry land then a trip to Orford Castle could be just right for you.
Visitors are treated to a free audio guide upon request. Thus, fully equipped, guests are free to explore the keep from the basement, through the halls and all the way to the roof that offers fantastic, stunning views across Orford Ness and off towards the sea.
Despite its diminutive stature you could easily spend an entire day exploring Orford Castle’s maze of passages. Situated in the Castle, ready to be uncovered, are chambers, turrets a kitchen and even a chapel.
A visit to Orford Castle is also an opportunity to learn more about Orford and Orford Ness. This is because the Castle also houses the Orford Museum, featuring displays and artefacts illustrating the rich history of the area.
The Castle is now maintained and operated by English Heritage and you can find out about the up to date opening times and entrance fees etc by visiting their website here
For some ‘top tips’ on planning and preparing for your visit, you can read what others have written about the time at Orford Castle by popping over to the TripAdvisor page for the Castle here