Castle Rising Castle, English Heritage
near King’s Lynn, Norfolk
Average time spent – 1 hour
Things to do at Castle Rising Castle review
Castle Rising is a ruined medieval castle run by English Heritage. It is located in the north-west of Norfolk in between Kings Lynn and Hunstanton. It was built in the early 12th Century by William d’Aubigny II, who become the Earl of Arundel. The castle lives up to its name and does indeed feel like it’s rising out of the ground. It’s surrounded by moat like baileys.
It has had a long and varied past. It was once used as a hunting lodge, a royal residence and it even housed a mental patient. Castle rising fell into disrepair back in the 1950s and some archaeological and repair work was carried out. The castle is now grade 1 listed and owned by Lord Howard of Rising.
There is a small reception area with a shop. Nearby there is a café but this is not run by English heritage. The landscape around the castle area is very green and reminded me of being abroad a little with the unusual trees.
You enter via one of the many baileys which look very much like moats. Once you have paid your entrance fee or shown your passes you cross over a bridge that spans the main bailey and in through the entrance archway.
There are a few useful signs dotted around the place to provide you with a brief history and further information about the castle. Although it is a ruin there is plenty to explore. The main structure itself isn’t too damaged and there are staircases, rooms and more. There are a few earthworks also to see outside of the main castle building. These are old churches and other old buildings.
We enjoyed our visit. It was a very intriguing castle and it was good fun looking around. Although it did not take long to visit this is reflected in the entry price. It makes it a perfect place to visit with an annual pass. We would certainly visit again.
Covid 19 Update – This attraction currently remains closed.
Important Information Castle Rising Castle
Eating – There is no cafe on-site but there is somewhere to eat nearby.
Facilities in brief – Ruined 12th Century medieval castle. There are toilets in the car park.
Entry price – *FREE for members of English Heritage or cheap
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of English Heritage or cheap. An adult ticket is £5, children 5-17 are £3.50. Under 5’s are free and other pricing options are available. It is free to park.
Opening: Castle Rising Castle opens for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Lynn Rd, King’s Lynn PE31 6AH, Norfolk. Phone: 0370 333 1181
Dogs: Dogs are welcome on a lead.
Category – Historical – Mostly Outdoors – suitable for all ages.
I have also written more about the area over here – 15 Things To Do in and Near Hunstanton, Norfolk – Family friendly
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