The last stop on our trip was to Orford Castle.
Like Framlingham, this castle was an important building in the power structure in the region and remained a royal castle for more than 150 years.
Built between 1165 and 1173 By King Henry II, the excellently well preserved keep is all that remains of the of the castle. Originally surrounded by a moat with stone curtain walls, all above ground remains of these have gone, probably to be reused in the town over the years.
Located near to Orford Ness military testing/sea defences, the top of the tower gave clear panoramic views of the sea and surrounding countryside, ideally located to defend against attackers.
Unusually, I found it hard to take “arty” pictures of this castle, as it was in such good condition there were less jagged and crumbly bits than I would normally like, but it was a good visit non the less.
Thus concludes my trip to Suffolk, no doubt we will return some time. Hope you enjoyed.