Castle Acre Priory
CASTLE ACRE, NORFOLK
A castle mound was raised here by the Earls of Surrey in about ad 1080, and the first stone castle was added around the 11th century. Enormous earthworks were dug to protect it – great grassy ditches and ramparts swing around the castle, enclosing a sizeable portion of land. If you look carefully at the ground in the enclosure you might see the regular lines and grooves in the grass that are the foundations of former castle buildings.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Ground floor and exhibition area accessible, Prior's lodging accessed via spiral staircase
- Facilities: Virtual tour, hearing loop, disabled parking, handrails
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Oct, daily 10-5; Nov-29 Mar, Sat-Sun 10-4; Mar onwards please see website for opening times. Closed 24-26 Dec and 1 Jan
Also in the area
About the area
The North Norfolk Coast is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and probably the finest of its kind in Europe. Here you’ll find a string of quaint villages and small towns – Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea and Cley next the Sea are 21st-century favourites, while Sheringham and Cromer are classic examples of a good old-fashioned seaside resort where grand Victorian hotels look out to sea. Further round the coast you'll find Great Yarmouth, one of the most popular resorts in the UK and packed full of amusements, shops and seashore entertainment. And let's not forget Norwich, the region's only city.
Norfolk prides itself on its wealth of historic houses, the most famous being Sandringham, where Her Majesty the Queen and her family spend Christmas. Many of Norfolk’s towns have a particular charm and a strong sense of community. The quiet market towns of Fakenham and Swaffham are prime examples, as well as Thetford, with its popular museum focusing on the TV comedy series Dad’s Army which was filmed in the area.
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