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“A Suffolk gem”
Review of Orford Castle

Orford Castle
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Orford
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed April 12, 2014

Orford Castle is an impressive attraction in a very beautiful setting. We were unfortunate with the weather and the admission price was slightly inflated. Staff were friendly and audio guide was easy enough to use and informative. Atmospheric place. A good place to visit en route because you can see everything in about an hour.

Thank Judith S
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Reviewed March 24, 2014

Orford Castle is a wonderful place to visit. Being an English heritage site you are sure to find the place in tip top condition and the information on hand second to none. This is very true of Orford - the staff were excellent and the facilities well kept.
It's perfect for taking the kids and allowing them to respectfully engage with history. The audio guide is a must.
It is a little pricy - but isn't everything and at least the money is going towards preserving something special.

Thank Lea181
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Reviewed March 9, 2014

Absolutely brilliant. Very informative audio guide, really interesting, VERY helpful staff and a wonderful visitor attraction. Well worth the entrance fee for adults and children alike-do not miss it.

Thank Rose187056
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

The castle also houses the Orford Museum, which is really interesting, and the views from the top are fantastic. English Heritage staff very friendly and informative.

Thank Marina B
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Reviewed January 2, 2014

Orford is a fantastic castle, It looks like a thousand year old castle should look, all round and solid and imposing as it sits on its bit of hill on the outskirts of Orford, gazing over the beautiful historic village and out to the sea beyond. You get a real sense of how they lives in the 12th century, servants and village life in the hall below, and the posh Lord's family in the hall above with bedroom for kings, a tiny chapel and the always entertaining 'garderobes' and pee holes. Lovely.
Informative notices on the walls would be better than the audio guide, especially when you're accompanied by young children. They are entertained by the audio guide for only so long, and we adults get bored of flaffing about pausing it and choosing the right number to correspond with the room that we're in, even though it is very informative. I'd much rather read something on the walls peacefully and be able to stop and murmur something thoughtfully to my husband without having to pause my own thingo and then poke him and get him to pause his. It's a very solitary experience with an audio guide.
The views from the top of the castle are sensational and the gift shops is stocked with high quality toys and goods and run by two lovely ladies, who have tales of chucking the dregs of their cups of tea from the front steps, recreating the traditions of old, and hitting tourists sitting against the walls below.
For a lovely peaceful day out, a walk on the beach, a mosey round the village and an injection of history and culture, Orford's a great choice.

Thank Apple-Island-Wife
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