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Then we have two very different castles in two very different towns. Orford was built on the coast in the 12th century. It’s single remarkable tower with no less than 21 sides is unique in Britain. Framlingham Castle has 12 hollow towers connected by a large curtain wall, 13m high and 2.5m thick.
Standing on the Suffolk coast, Orford Castle built by King Henry II in the mid to late 12th century was positioned to ward off the threat of coastal invasions. Its remarkable tower with no less then 21 sides is unique in Britain. To find out more about Orford Castle visit: www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/orford-castle
Roger Bigod built the castle, between 1189 and 1200, to replace his father’s castle, which Henry II had destroyed in 1175. The castle has 12 hollow towers (a 13th collapsed) connected by a large curtain wall, 13m high and 2.5m thick. The wall walk along the top is open to visitors. For more information about Framlingham Castle go to: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/framlingham-castle/https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/framlingham-castle/
Market Towns and Villages
Over 1400 years of history evident in an interesting variety of historical architecture. The River Deben offers boating, riverside walks and the famous Tide Mill. Explore the traditional high street and small independent shops
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One of the Suffolk Coast’s most treasured towns with fine restaurants, galleries and independent shops. Aldeburgh is Suffolk’s centre of the arts and home to the internationally renowned Aldeburgh festival.
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Home to the great Snape Maltings Concert Hall, Snape Maltings holds a beautiful position on the riverside with crafts and antique shops filling the converted malthouses. The annual Snape Proms is a must for the classical enthusiast.
Click here to find out more: www.snapemaltings.co.uk
Felixstowe Spa Pavilion
This iconic venue has a fascinating history. It originally opened as ‘The New Floral Hall’, a true seafront pavilion, in 1909, in replacement of the previous Edwardian Bandstand, and soon became known as the Spa Pavilion. The Pavilion was then completely re-vamped and extended in the late 1930’s, and re-opened as a large theatre and music hall in April 1939. Sadly the outbreak of war ensured that it was hardly used before a bomb and other damage put the building out of action in 1941, rendering it derelict. Re-built again, from it’s re-opening on 26th May 1950 The Spa was a thriving seaside venue right up until the 1990’s.
The café which had been added for the 1950 re-opening was extended to the front of the original building to incorporate a previous balcony, and left with a much smaller open area. In the early 1970’s this smaller balcony was enclosed by the current full height windows to the front. A gradual decline from the end of the 20th Century led to the closure of the theatre in 2013. Following this, it was acquired by the current owners on May 15th 2015 and re-opened later that year.
Please have a look at what is on for the Summer Months, there is so much to see http://spapavilion.uk
Dedham vale and Constable country
Located on the Suffolk/Essex border Dedham vale was the birthplace of renowned artist John Constable and has become popular with visitors for holidays, walks, tours, cycling and day trips.
Bawdsey Radar Station Museum
Bawdsey Radar tells the story of the first operational radar station in the world where radar was developed that helped win the Battle of Britain.
The Transmitter Block was built in 1937 and now houses an interactive exhibition and displays that tell the story of the women and men who, in top secret conditions, developed radar that played such a crucial role in the Battle of Britain.
Hear the voices of the women and men who worked at Bawdsey, try your hand at being a radar operator and find out just how tall a transmitter tower was. There is a Boffin Trail for younger visitors, picnic tables with games and an astonishing story to discover at Bawdsey Radar.
2022 opening times:
April 7 to Oct 30: Thursdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays 11-4pm