Orford Castle

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Helkab
Faringdon, UK11 contributions
Well preserved and unusual keep
Oct 2021
Really interesting and remarkably intact castle keep, well worth a visit, excellent detailed history available in the audio guide. Fantastic views from the top too!
Written November 1, 2021
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John H
Newbury, UK31 contributions
Well worth a visit
Sep 2021
The castle is well worth a visit. There are some fantastic views from the roof and it contains much history. It would have been nice to have a walk around the castle area but I didn't really have time. And both the writen and audio guides are fascinating.
Written October 14, 2021
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LoveourHolidays_10
Bedford363 contributions
Stunning!
Sep 2021 • Couples
We visited this stunning castle while staying in Orford. Amazing castle and views.
The staff were really helpful, and good to see that covid measures are still in place.
We visited on a perfect sunny late September Saturday, and toured the castle using the audio guides and screens. Very interesting audio tour - and love the reveal the past feature!
Several exhibits within the castle to look at too.
Written September 27, 2021
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TeamWard
Nottingham, UK4,784 contributions
Spectacular Castle
Sep 2021
Orford castle is quite possibly one of the best castle's to visit in the UK, a small and stunning place to visit with great views from the roof.
Written September 26, 2021
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Patricia B
Borough of Brentwood, UK6 contributions
Orford Town
Sep 2021
We visited the Castle on a lovely Autumn Day. It is an unusual design.
Compact and kept Covid clean. The Audio guide is an xcellent introduction to the Castle. Great views from the top. A small English Heritage gift shop. No refreshments there but we ate down by the interesting Orford Quay.
Written September 23, 2021
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Andy G
Leighton Buzzard, UK39 contributions
Visit
Sep 2021 • Friends
A fantastic half day visit, great audio guide, very informative, very friendly staff, very clean and tidy
EXCELLENT.
Written September 13, 2021
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Juliet F
Ipswich, UK22 contributions
Superb view from the tower.
Sep 2021
Enjoyed the superb view from the top of the tower and had lots of fun exploring the narrow corridors and little museum including some new interactive items. We didn't need to book in advance. There was space in the carpark on our 3:30pm arrival but as it's quite small you should be prepared to walk from nearby parking at busier times. The castle was much cleaner than it used to be - the battle with pigeons and bats is clearly being won ! The staff member on duty was really welcoming.
Written September 13, 2021
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Ruth C
Wolverhampton, UK73 contributions
A gem of a place
Aug 2021 • Family
What a great gem Orford Castle is! My family of 4 had previously visited Framlingham Castle and Orford Castle was recommended. We booked tickets online before we went and had a wonderful few hours looking around the castle and listening to the very good audio tour! All the staff were friendly and helpful, Elaine in particular, who gave us suggestions as to places we could go to eat when we asked ( Orford Castle doesn't have a place to buy food). A great half day out!
Written August 21, 2021
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Dillbarcs
Hitchin, UK10 contributions
Better than I expected!
Jul 2021 • Family
Contrary to the current listing, the Castle is open!
We booked in advance as EH members the day before, after reading previous reviews.
They had head phone audio Tours which fascinated my kids (4, 8 & 10). The castle is an amazing building, full of interest. Plus it’s entirely dog friendly!! All the staff were helpful and friendly and the family really enjoyed the visit.
Written July 30, 2021
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trojan1976
14 contributions
Very disappointed
Jul 2021 • Family
We set off on our 20 mile journey with our two young children all very excited to visit the castle, after checking the Website before leaving and seeing we did not need to book tickets, it clearly said you can just turn up, on arrival it was a very small car park and had to wait a while for a space, but finally got one, paid the £3 parking ticket and walked up to the entrance, as we went in an elderly couple seemed to be very upset and arguing with the lady at reception because they weren't allowed in as they hadn't booked and even though they were English heritage members it didn't matter, and were turn away, as I walked up and asked for tickets I was also asked if I had booked, I said no, as the website said you didn't need to, she said you do, and if we wanted to get in it was an hour and half wait 🤬, I have a 3 year old and a 6 year old, do you really think I can hang around for that long 🤔, so we left.
Very disappointed, we checked the website again back in the car park and there wasn't anything about a time slot system.
I imagine we and the elderly people before us were not the only people to be let down by a very poor system they have in place, and I strongly recommend they up date their website as this was most frustrating.
Thanks English heritage for ruining our day 😠
Written July 28, 2021
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Orford Castle is open:
  • Sat - Sun 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM