A guide to Framlingham, Suffolk

This historic Suffolk town has a lot to offer, make sure you don’t miss out.

Framlingham Castle

Framlingham Castle towers over the town like a statue on guard protecting its people. This 12thcentury spectacular was where Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England and was once a fierce fortress which warned off even the most fearless attacker. Entry costs £9.50 for adults and £5.60 for children under the age of 17. The castle is open for tours between 10am and 5pm, seven days a week. Don’t miss Gothic Falconry on 20-21 October and Spooky Stories during half term week from 22-28 October. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/framlingham-castle/prices-and-opening-times.

Framlingham Town Trail

Why not follow the town trail and uncover the history of Framlingham? Much of its history is easily missed, hidden in historic nooks of the town, as a result the council created the town trail; a circular walk marked out by metal guide posts and an audio guide is also available. Visit Framlingham.com/framlingham-town-trail/to download the town trail map and guide.

Detail at Framlingham Castle, Suffolk. Image: Visit Suffolk | www.visitsuffolk.co.uk

Framlingham Market

Framlingham is home to one of the oldest markets in Suffolk, with its roots dating back to 13thcentury. It is held twice a week on Tuesday & Saturday, and brings together some of the region’s best producers and artisan craftsmen. You never know what you might find! framlinghammarket.co.uk

Shopping in Framlingham

A full morning or afternoon can be spent browsing the mix of stores in Framlingham. From arts to clothing and interiors to wine, you’ll find it here. The town is firm favourite with antique lovers, and is home to a number of stores selling the wares of a time gone by. Stop by the Theatre Antiques Centre, Witchball Antiques and Dix-Sept Antiques.

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Places to eat in Framlingham

Start the day with a coffee at the Dancing Goat Café or stop for a light lunch at The Lemon Tree Bistro. If its an evening meal you’re after the local curry house is the locals favourite. Curry India offers restaurant and takeaway Bangladeshi dishes between 5pm and 11pm, but book to avoid disappointment.

The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge

The Riverside is the closest cinema and theatre venue to Framlingham, however it conceals a hidden gem. The Michelin listed Riverside Restaurant, featured in the Good Food Guide and The Financial Times is open for lazy lunches or candlelit dinners. Using local produce, creating a range of inventive menus as well as classic dishes.

Visitors can book a Dinner and Film package. Screenings in October include Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Jaws and even Cliff Richard, live broadcast of his 60th anniversary tour. www.theriverside.co.uk/

 

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