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“Castle Rising - step into history” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Castle Rising

Castle Rising
A149, King's Lynn, England
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Ranked #6 of 20 Attractions in King's Lynn
Type: Castles, Cultural
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“Castle Rising - step into history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2011

Breathtaking at first sight, yet worth repeated visits. All the castle and its mound can be explored inside and out, and there is an information centre and gift shop too. Excellent tea rooms in the village as well, with home baked pastries and cakes.

Visited February 2011
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Omagh, United Kingdom
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“lovely .”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

Went there with family while visiting them in Boston. A whole day is not required. Bring a camera. We were there on a lovely day. As there are steps it is advisable to wear comfy footwear. After going round the castle we went to the tea rooms and as the weather was good, were able to sit and eat in the garden. Picnic tables outside and inside has tables.

Visited September 2011
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“Castle Rising - Exile in Style”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2011

And there was me thinking Castle Rising was some Gothic pile dreamed up in a Fanny Craddock novel. Not so at all.
Try this. Motor over to that neglected and unloved part of England, the eastern seaboard, or what a less charitable colleague calls the endless mudflats. I mean that stretch of fertile flatland between Boston and Wisbeach snatched from the sea umpteen years ago by clever Dutch water engineers, fertile and black soiled and flat as a pancake.
But forget all that.
Drive on down the A17 past King's Lynn and turn left on the A149 heading towards the north Norfolk coast and out of the blue, no more than five miles on your way and maybe a mile off the main road, in the most unlikely of spots, one of the most beautiful, well-preserved 12th century castles you could wish for.
Now this is a place you can walk round, I mean rooms, stairs, balconies, windows to peer out of - none of this stumps-in-the-ground stuff , half a dozen stones piled up and the rest depending on your imagination. This is four-square, huge embellished and decorated stone walls towering above you the colour of an old lion's skin, arcaded and turreted and with a wide entrance staircase, the overhead slots still visible where you poured your boiling oil on the neighbours when they came to call. You could live in this place. In fact people did until quite recently historically speaking.
Be warned though. The spiral staircases and walkways might be troublesome if you're unsteady on your feet. And although there's decent toilets and the inevitable gift shop you'll need your own food. But a setting like this is perfect for a picnic anyway - English weather aside that is - close-cropped grass and wild flower-decked earthworks with a well-preserved gatehouse thrown in for good measure, this is a good couple of hours visit for three or four quid.
Queen Isabella was exiled here after her part in the murder of her husband Edward II. She thought it was going to be the end of the world. And it very well might have been. But in fact she loved it.
As did we.

Visited June 2011
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“kids favorite castle in England”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2009

Great Castle ,very friendly staff,great views and such history right in your hands in front of your eyes,we loved castle Rising

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