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A great place for kiddos

It might look like just a tower from the outside, and, well, it is. However, there is much to do... read more

Reviewed today
Lewes, United Kingdom
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Symbol of Power….

Built by Henry II - as a show of strength against the East Anglian Barons including the Bigods at... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Ware, United Kingdom
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Castle Hill, Orford IP12 2ND, England
+44 1394 450472
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All reviews audio guide english heritage great views from the top nooks and crannies worth the climb henry ii car park steep steps own pace suffolk coast worth a visit interesting history entrance fee enjoyable visit small museum little gem couple of hours
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Reviewed today via mobile

It might look like just a tower from the outside, and, well, it is. However, there is much to do and explore and lots of big rooms for the kids to run around. Highly recommend.

Thank GrishGrish
Reviewed 2 days ago

Built by Henry II - as a show of strength against the East Anglian Barons including the Bigods at Framlington Castle – Orford Castle stands tall in the landscape and remains to this day 850+ years later an impressive sight…. Climb up through the different...More

Thank PeteD60
Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying in Aldeburgh and wanted to visit Orford for a short walk and sightseeing. I had visited Orford Castle before but wanted to take a friend as I was so captivated by it previously. We got an incredibly warm welcome from the English...More

Thank textlad
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Not a big castle, but use the audio guide and you will get lots of interesting facts. Lots of stairs though. The view from the top is stunning.

Thank Francesca R
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a dry Sunday afternoon with our toddler. He loved the nooks and crannies, corners and corridors. He also liked the echo as his feet as they plodded along the floor. Sadly for me, this was the only entertainment, other than the craggy...More

Thank Lottie D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Quite often, castle keeps are a bit underwhelming but Orford is the exception to the rule. There are so many hidden nooks and crannies to explore, all under cover and the little museum inside is an interesting gem too. You can go out on the...More

Thank Emma S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had been staying in Colchester and thought I'd use my English Heritage Pass to visit Orford Castle. It's well worth the detour off the main road. The castle staff will refund your car park charge if you give them the tear-off section of your...More

Thank Numismatist
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This castle is so well preserved you can imagine the people who stayed here. A guided audio tour also adds to the atmosphere and is very informative. Unfortunately there were gale force winds when we visited so the roof had to be closed for safety...More

Thank uniquelyme
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Frankly I didn't get in. The utter studoness of as old woman manning the till who refussed to move prevented me from paying the entrance fee for the four of us. She was Far to busy pooring little shots of wine for people not making...More

Thank crackingbloke
Reviewed 13 September 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed the castle very much. We were met by a friendly and helpfull staff. We were given a audio tourguide. As dutch tourists we liked this very much. The guide explaines a lot with facts and humor. A very old but well kept castle....More

Thank Pieter P
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11 June 2018|
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Response from Vernonia | Reviewed this property |
I don't believe dogs are allowed in the structure, but there were certainly dogs being walked outside.
4 February 2018|
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Response from matney1974 | Reviewed this property |
It’s open every day 10am till 6pm
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25 October 2017|
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Response from maplesteve | Reviewed this property |
google it!