Castle Rising Castle

Castle Rising Castle

Last Updated on February 21, 2024 by Suzy

Things to do at Castle Rising Castle review

Castle Rising is a ruined medieval castle run by English Heritage. It is located in the north-west of Norfolk between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton. It was built in the early 12th Century by William d’Aubigny II, who became the Earl of Arundel. The castle lives up to its name and does indeed feel like it’s rising out of the ground. It’s surrounded by moat-like baileys.

It has had a long and varied past. It was once used as a hunting lodge, a royal residence and it even housed a mental patient. Castle Rising fell into disrepair back in the 1950s and some archaeological and repair work was carried out. The castle is now grade 1 listed and owned by Lord Howard of Rising. There is a small reception area with a shop. Nearby there is a café but this is not run by English heritage. The landscape around the castle area is very green and reminded me of being abroad a little with the unusual trees.

You enter via one of the many baileys which look very much like moats. Once you have paid your entrance fee or shown your passes you cross over a bridge that spans the main bailey and in through the entrance archway. There are a few useful signs dotted around the place to provide you with a brief history and further information about the castle. Although it is a ruin there is plenty to explore. The main structure itself isn’t too damaged and there are staircases, rooms and more. There are a few earthworks also to see outside of the main castle building. These are old churches and other old buildings.

We enjoyed our visit. It was a very intriguing castle and it was good fun looking around. Although it did not take long to visit this is reflected in the entry price. It makes it a perfect place to visit with an annual pass. We would certainly visit again.

Castle Rising Castle, Norfolk - One of The Finest 12th Century Castles
Castle Rising Castle, Norfolk - One of The Finest 12th Century Castles

FAQ and Further Information Castle Rising Castle

Is there food and drink available?

There is no cafe on-site but there is somewhere to eat nearby.

What are the main things to do?

Ruined 12th Century medieval castle. There are toilets in the car park.

What are the ticket prices?

*free, for members of English Heritage or cheapu003cbru003e*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *free, for members of English Heritage or cheap. An adult ticket is £5, children 5-17 are £3.50. Under 5’s are free, and other pricing options are available. It is free, to park.

Is there parking?

There is free, parking.

When are they open?

Castle Rising Castle opens for most of the year. For up-to-date opening times and dates u003ca href=u0022https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/castle-rising-castle/prices-and-opening-times/u0022 target=u0022_blanku0022 rel=u0022noreferrer noopeneru0022u003eplease follow this linku003c/au003e.

Dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome on a lead.

Are they accessible?

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We have also written more about the area over here – 15 Things To Do in and Near Hunstanton, Norfolk

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