This castle has seen battles and a royal resident. In 1327 Edward II was horribly murdered on the orders of his wife, Queen Isabella, and her lover, Roger Mortimer. At this time, Edward’s heir, Edward III, was only 15 years old, and Mortimer and Isabella were able to rule England together by manipulating the young king. This state of affairs continued for three years until Edward III began to take matters into his own hands. Learning of the roles of his mother and Mortimer in the death of his father, Edward had Mortimer tried for treason and hanged in 1330. Isabella was spared trial but banished to live in the wilds of Norfolk in Castle Rising. The village is inland but at one time it was on the coast. As late as the 18th century, paintings of the castle show ships in the background. Look out for the massive Norman earthworks that surround the castle, and the mighty, square keep built between 1138 and 1140. Several rooms remain in excellent condition.
- Parking onsite
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-1 Nov and BHs, daily 10-6 (or dusk if earlier); 2 Nov-Mar, Wed-Sun 10-4. Closed 24-26 Dec
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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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