Castle / Fort
Visit Hedingham Castle
The 160 acres of Hedingham Castle’s grounds provide some wonderful spaces for the perfect day out. Classic landscaped beauty side by side with wild and rugged woodland make for wonderful walks with plenty of room for private picnics among the rhododendrons or in the shade of the trees by the lake.
There’s a Café and a Shop, both reflecting the Castle’s private ownership, with great coffee and cakes among other enticements, and interesting things to look at. Or indeed buy, if the mood takes you.
Over the Tudor bridge the Castle’s keep towers over the inner Bailey, its massive, 110 feet high walls a testament to Norman power in a conquered country. There’s a lot to see here, from the darkness and gloom of the basement to the splendour of the Banqueting floor where Henry VIII and Elizabeth I once dined under an arch the like of which cannot be found outside a cathedral anywhere in Northern Europe. Explore the Minstrel’s Gallery where it’s still possible to run your fingers over the original decorative wall carvings, once the epitome of style, grace and great wealth, and displays on every floor tell some of the Castle’s fascinating history.
Four fascinating floors linked by a spiral staircase take you back in time to another age.
From the classic grandeur of the Georgian Mansion overlooking the landscaped beauty of the formal gardens and eighteenth century dovecote to the wild areas of woodland and the staggering earthworks of the original defences, the gardens of Hedingham Castle are a feast for the senses and the imagination alike. In February swathes of snowdrops blanket the moat, and in May bluebells and rhododendrons provide spectacular contrasts of colour and shape. There’s a bog garden, mature trees and lawns running down to the lake; no matter what the time of year, there’s always something wonderful to see.
|Castle & Gardens Opening Times (31 Mar 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)|
|Winter Closed Season (31 Oct 2017 - 30 Mar 2018)|
* We are closed on Fridays and Saturdays, and occasionally some other days; it’s best to check before you set off.
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Family||£19.00 per ticket|
|Child/Concessions||£5.00 per ticket|
|One Adult Family||£10.00 per ticket|
|Single Adult||£7.50 per ticket|
Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
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