Tel: +44(0)1728 724 189. Admission: Adults £3.20, Concessions £2.40
Children £1.60, Under 5's Free, 15% Discount for Groups of 11 or more. „
We visited Framlingham Castle in early July (2012) whilst we were staying in Aldeburgh. As non drivers, we had to get a cab from Saxmundham (the nearest station, about 7 miles away) at a cost of £15.00 although there is a lage car park if you're visiting by car.
The castle is a 12th century fortress owned by English Heritage and admission is £6.50 for adults, £5.90 for concessions and £3.90 for children (5 to 15 years) with a family ticket available (for 2 adults and up to 3 children) for £16.90.
The castle is situated in the small market town which gives it its name, Framlingham, which is a very quaint old English town with a traditional market square, a couple of old inns, some restaurants and tea rooms and some independant shops such as a deli.
The castle is effectively ruins of the castle that was once there and all that exists is the outer shell with a grass area in the middle. You can however climb some stairs to "walk the walls" of the castle on an elevated platform that has been erected around the tall walls of the castle. This offers some amazing views of the surrounding Suffolk countryside as well as a chance to feel as though you're the king of he castle. It rained a little on the day we visited but we still enjoyed the views it offfered - although as someone with a fear of heights I had to hold the rail very tghtly all the way round! The steep stone stairs were also very difficlt to climb and we almost gave up as they felt quite unsafe (i'm sure they're fine but me and my husband are both quite nervous of heights!). The stairs we came down were much better (modern purpose built stairs) so I would recommend them if you are nervous of the drop or have small children or less mobile people in your party.
It was at Framlingham Castle that Mary Tudor learned she had become Queen and 800 years of history and life at the castle are explored in the 'From Powerhouse to Poorhouse' exhibition at the castle in the exhibition space on the "ground floor". There is also a museum about the local area on the "first floor" (half way up the steps to walk the walls) called the Lanman museum.
There is also an ice cream kiosk (that also serves warm drinks for colder days), a well stocked shop where you can buy guide books and gifts and a giant chess play area for children.
As your ticket is for the day, you are able to pop out into the town to get items for a picnic and come back later if you so wish. The town (and in particular the church of St Michael) is just a few minutes outside of the gates and is well worth a look if you're so close by.