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Framlingham

Framlingham is a well established market town that was mentioned in the Doomsday Book (1086) when it consisted of several manors which William the Conqueror (1066-1087) presented to Roger Bigod. Today, it's a thriving market town with independent shops, plenty to see and do, plus an amazing Castle dominating the scene.

Fram Castle


Framlingham is close to the Suffolk Coast (just 10 miles away) so having a day out on the beach is very easy if you’re staying in the town. Likewise visiting Ipswich or Woodbridge are both close by and easily accessible, so Framlingham is a great base for a family holiday or romantic break. Close by is Easton Farm Park which is a great day out for the family, especially for youngsters who like animals. Here you can Hug and Bunny, Feed a Pony & take a Barrel Bug Ride! Find out more here - Easton Farm Park

Fun Day Out at Easton Farm Park


A potted history of Framlingham


Framlingham Castle was built between 1190 and 1210 by the last Roger Bigod, but only once saw active service in 1216 during King John's reign. The Castle was home to the Bigods (1100-1306), Thomas Plantagenet and his descendants (1312-1375), the Mowbray Dukes of Norfolk (1375-1481), and the Howard Dukes of Norfolk (1481-1535). All these notables received high honours from the Monarch of their day including Earls Marshal of England and Stewards of the Royal Household. Some, like the 3rd Duke of Norfolk (1472-1554), were much more; he was also Lord Treasurer, Earl Marshal, Viceroy of Ireland, Lord High Admiral, Ambassador in Paris, and the richest layman in England. He lived at Framlingham until 1535 and then built a country seat at Kenninghall near Diss which rivalled Hampton Court.


Framlingham Castle, English Heritage



Back in the day when Framlingham was the key residence of these notable people it was a busy trading town and in the late 14thC £2,000 of goods were being managed each year by the Framlingham warehouses, a vast sum in those days.

Around ca. 1285 a market was granted by the last Bigod to be held on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Framlingham expanded and the historic core of the town reached its presents dimensions by 1500.


Today there's plenty to see and do in the town, and some great accommodation options too. Avondale House Bed & Breakfast is well positioned in the heart of the town and offers a friendly B&B service. They have 2 first floor guests rooms, a double and a twin, both with their own private bathrooms - to find out more and make a booking see Avondale House Bed & Breakfast

Friendly and comfortable Avondale House Framlingham B&B


Framlingham is probably best known now as Ed Sheeran's home town but don't let that put you off - this is a great base to explore this pretty part of East Anglia!

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