5 Most Incredible Castles in Norfolk

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If you want to revisit the rich history and heritage of England, you can head to Norfolk and discover some of their best medieval structures. If you are some daredevil and do not want to stay in hotels, then you can go to these five most incredible castles:

Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle is a medieval royal wall in the city of Norwich. It was founded after the Norman conquest of England when William the Conqueror ordered its construction because he wanted to have a defense place in the city of Norwich. It was his only castle in East Anglia and was one of the 12 heritage sites in Norwich. In 1894, the Norwich Museum was moved to this castle and has been the museum there ever since which is now called Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery.

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Castle Rising

Castle Rising is a ruined medieval fortification in Norfolk, England built in around 1140 AD. Castle Rising is among the finest living examples of its kind with the massive surrounding earthworks. It has served as a hunting lodge, royal residence, and has even housed a mental patient during the 18th century. During the 15th century, the castle became more popular of its hunting facilities rather than its military equipment.

The most controversial time in its history was when it came to Edward III’s mother, Queen Isabella, following her participation in the murder of her husband Edward II.

Castle Acre Castle

This castle is also a medieval fortification built after the Norman Conquest by William de Warenne at the intersection of the River Nar and Peddars Way. After the civil war in England in 1135, the third earl also named William, set about improving the defense of the castle. He built tall keeps on top of the motte, strengthening the surrounding earthworks with stone walls. In the 21st century, Castle Acre Castle has been managed by English Heritage and has been open to visitors.

Baconsthorpe Castle

Baconsthorpe Castle is a moated and fortified manor house built by John Heydon and Sir Henry Heydon in the 15th century. Now it has become a ruin to the north of the Village of Baconsthorpe, constructed of flint with some brick. The curtain walls are complete which include the remains of towers, forming a square court. The remains of a three-story gatehouse with a two-story projection for the drawbridge are in the center of the south wall. It is administered by English Heritage and is freely accessible to the people.

Burgh Castle

This castle is a civil parish and village in the English county of Norfolk. It has been a site of one of the many Roman forts constructed to hold defense against the Saxon raids up the river of the south and east coasts of Southern Britain. Three of its imposing stone walls still survive making this among of the few best preserved Roman monuments in Britain. The fourth wall was destroyed a long time ago. Around the castle was a wildlife haven and panoramic view over Breydon Water.

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