Norfolk’s Royal Heritage: explore the County’s Castles

Norfolk CastleThe chances are you’ll have planned your next Norfolk holiday to the letter; you’ll know what sights you wish to see, the towns you’re hoping to visit, and the species you can’t wait to spot, but have you taken a moment to consider Norfolk’s rich heritage or, more specifically, its magnificent collection of castles? There are seven castles in our beautiful county and here are some of our favourites…

Norwich Castle – was founded over 900 years ago upon the orders of William the Conqueror. It has, therefore, seen its fair share of history. As much a part of the city’s landscape as it is its history, the castle is home to a museum, dungeons, battlements, and a host of artefacts from its long, and sometimes bloody, history.

Thetford Castle – was built on the country’s largest man-made mound. These days there is very little of this Norman motte and bailey castle remaining, but the grounds are something special to explore.

Burgh Castle – the Romans built Burgh Castle, near Great Yarmouth, as a means of keeping the Saxons at bay. Three of its walls remain, while the fourth has long since disappeared into the depths of Breydon Water.

Caister Castle – is a fifteenth century castle built for a commander of Henry V. It houses the country’s largest private collection of motor vehicles and proves a fantastic legacy to the architecture of the period.

Explore your own royal connections

To find out more about Norfolk’s royal connections make sure you pay a trip to Visit Norfolk. Meanwhile, why not look at a few of our waterfront properties and imagine yourself living in a castle all of your own? With the Broads playing the part of your very own moat, you’ll love waking up in the morning to enjoy another relaxing day in beautiful Norfolk.

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