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A delightful English market town swathed in history

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Framlingham Castle by John Fielding - CC BY 2.0

Surrounded by the picturesque Suffolk countryside and dominated by an imposing castle is the ancient market town of Framlingham.

Framlingham dates back to Anglo-Saxon times and its remarkable history is revealed to visitors in its ancient architecture, including a towering 12th century castle. The countryside surrounding Framlingham is some of Suffolk’s most beautiful. Cycling, hiking and a variety of other outdoor pursuits are easily accessed from the town. Not far from Framlingham is the rugged Suffolk coast

There’s little doubt that one of Suffolk’s most impressive landmarks is Framlingham Castle . This imposing structure dates back to the 12th century and it was here that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.

Amazingly, the castle was built using five different types of rock, including Caen Rock, all the way from Normandy. Visitors can explore the castle’s spectacular grounds and enjoy wide-reaching views across the Suffolk countryside.

Rustic farm cafes, cosy pubs and traditional tearooms can all be found in Framlingham. For a hearty breakfast, great coffee and homemade cake, look no further than The Dancing Goat, which is popular with locals and known for its friendly atmosphere.

Framlingham Castle

If you’re in town on Tuesday or Saturday, don’t miss the town’s excellent market, when the Over the Moon Café is set up in the middle of the action, serving tea and snacks to tired shoppers.

Framlingham is home to some terrific pubs, many of which serve fresh, locally sourced food. For a pint of ale by the river, there are few better options than the Railway Inn, which is known for its excellent food as well as its original décor.

“Surrounded by the picturesque Suffolk countryside and dominated by an imposing castle is the ancient market town of Framlingham.”

The Castle Inn is located, as you might expect, right next to the castle. It’s a relaxed, busy pub which serves a wide selection of beverages including Aspall’s cider and Adnams ale. Another great pub is the Dennington Queen, in nearby Dennington. This 500-year-old inn is one of the most atmospheric places to have a pint in the area, with a coffin hatch, mysterious tunnel and, allegedly, a resident ghost.

Framlingham is well positioned for visitors wishing to explore some of Suffolk’s most picturesque villages. It’s a stone’s throw from Peasenhall, which is home to some unique historical landmarks, including a 15th century medieval hall house, featuring a chapel which, unusually, resembles a Swiss chalet. Also well worth a visit are Marlesford and Easton, home to Easton Farm Park, which makes a great family day out.

While you’re there

Shawsgate Vineyard

Sample the produce, stroll through the vines and enjoy the views.

Framlingham Castle

It was here that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England.

Easton Farm Park

The 2nd farm park to open in the UK. A guaranteed fun day out for all!

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