Last Sunday was spent at  Framlingham Castle I never bore of visiting the castle but at the moment it’s just a little bit different!

Chart topping Ed Sheeran grew up in Framlingham, the small market town only two miles from Windmill Lodges.  The Castle is the inspiration behind his single Castle on the Hill from his current album Divide. The castle is featured in the video for the single.

Mountain Grass at the Castle on the Hill

The lyrics mention the ‘mountain grass he rolled down’, and while my boys might not have rolled down the mountain grass, they certainly enjoyed running down it!

You can take a walk around the outside of the castle at any time and the Castle Meadow is an ideal picnic spot offering beautiful views across the mere to Framlingham College.



It was at Framlingham Castle that Mary Tudor was proclaimed Queen of England and the castle is currently undergoing a £1.2 million visitor improvement project to install a 40 seat cafe and improve the  exhibition space. Conservation work is also being carried out on the castle walls.

PoorhouseWhilst this work is ongoing the Poorhouse is closed. Access to the castle wall walk was from a narrow staircase within the Poorhouse and as this is closed there is now a scaffolding staircase in place allowing you to still gain access to the wall walk and enjoy the views from the top of the castle. This photograph was taken from the wall walk looking down at the Poorhouse, Framlingham College can be seen in the distance.



Much to my boys delight there are now two options on how to descend from the wall walk – this can either be done via the scaffolding staircase or, much more fun in the eyes of a 7 and 10 year old, the 7.5m slide.

The slide kept them amused, enabling me to enjoy a cup of tea (well deserve after my own descent of the slide!)

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I would highly recommend a visit to the castle whilst the improvement project is ongoing; the slide is a must, there is no upper age limit so all can enjoy – the only stipulation is that under fives must be accompanied by an adult.

If the thought of slide is not your thing there are excellent opportunities  to see behind the scenes of the renovation project with “Hard Hat Tours” and “Heritage Skills Days” 

The improvement project and therefore the removal of the slide should be complete by the beginning of June. Make the most of this unique opportunity and book a stay with us before the end of May.