Gunton Hall Coastal Village is close by to some of Englands best Castles all within a short drive.
Intact Norman motte and bailey castle, built in the late 11th or early 12th century. The castle was besieged twice, in 1216 and 1217, during the dispute between King John and the rebel barons. The keep and grounds are open to the public. It also operates as a venue for a range of events. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply.
William the Conqueror's first stone castle, largely intact. Building began around 1069 but halted in 1080 due to the threat of Viking invasion however the castle was completed by 1100. The castle was besieged and eventually captured by King John in 1215. Much of the castle was in ruins by the 16th century, although in 1645 it was serving as the county prison and the self-styled Witchfinder General, Matthew Hopkins interrogated and imprisoned suspected witches here.
Norwich Castle, Norwich, Norfolk
Intact Norman castle keep, now a museum. William the Conqueror ordered the first motte and bailey castle built in 1067. The stone keep which stands today, was built some 60 years later. Used as a gaol between 1220 and 1887. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply.
Remains of a late 12th century castle, built around 1100. During The Anarchy Bungay was on the losing side and was besieged, mined and destroyed on the orders of Henry II. The castle was further developed in 1294 when the massive gate towers were added. However the Castle fell falling into disrepair and ruin. Admission to the castle keep is free, but donations are welcomed.
Orford Castle, Orford, Suffolk
Well preserved Norman keep, built between 1165 and 1173. Orford is built to a keep and bailey plan, with a strong central keep surrounded by a curtain wall. The outer curtain wall has all but disappeared; the central tower keep is very much intact today. Restricted opening times and entrance charges apply.
Caister Castle, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk
Remains of a 15th century brick built castle surrounded by a moat. Built between 1432 and 1446, including a 100ft tower, the castle suffered major damage in 1469, when it was besieged and captured by the Duke of Norfolk. The castle's tower remains intact and can be climbed by visitors. Restricted summer opening times and entrance charges apply, to both the castle and adjacent motor museum.