This castle was built by Henry II (1154-1189) to strengthen his
royal authority., it was begun in 1165 and completed in 1173. Located on the
Suffolk coast, Orford was designed to control the British port. The surviving
structure gives us a rare look at the polygonal keep, an unusual shape for this
|Pamela, 30, from USA, wrote:
|I had visited the Orford Castle in the
year 2000 and was so impressed with its structure and the beautiful
setting in the background overlooking the river, Havergate Island,
and the sea. The area is full of nice people and wonderful
architecture. I love interior design so this unique Castle has
given me the opportunity to incorporate some history into my home.
I feel especially close to the castle and area too since I have married
on of the people in town making the castle and area even more special.
Wishes do come true...if you believe.
|Luke Barker, 15, from Suffolk,England,
| I went on a field trip with my
school as part of a piece of coursework and I found out some amazing
things. The castle was paid for by Hugh Bigod as a fine. There is a
dungeon which is no longer accessible. It is a garrison which means it
is a defend and attacking castle. It was also used to let king Henry II
stay there. There used to be a huge curtain wall which was 10/15 meters
high and stretched across town. You'll be disappointed if you don't go.
|Jack, 16, from Suffolk, England, wrote:
|My name is Jack, I currently live in
Orford. When ever I talk to my friends about where I live, the first
thing they mention is "Orford Castle". The castle has given
Orford it's reputation, it's the main tourist attraction of the village
and one of the main tourist attractions of Suffolk and England. The
castle has been brilliantly preserved and is in very good condition. The
interior is very clean and pleasant, offering information and beauty.
The tour through the castle is ended with the view from the top,
and it is simply breath taking. You can see the whole village at its
best. I very much recommend a trip to Orford Castle, very interesting.
Orford is a great place to have a day out, not only is there the castle,
there are many walks and other sight seeing events such as the church,
which has some amazing architecture in it. There are the fish restaurants,
which are very multi-famous, and many, many other things.
|Liz, 17, from USA, wrote:
| I lived in Orford for three years
when I was younger, and the thing that stands out the most in my mind is
always the castle. I grew up playing in the moat and searching for
pebbles around it . . . great place, isolated, and with beautiful
surrounding scenery. Wonderful for photos, also. I adore it, and plan to
go back some day.
|Gary Rogers, 52, from Boise, Idaho, wrote:
| I was drawn to Orford because of the unique design.
It is situated out in the country away from any rail line. My wife and I
had to take a taxi the last seven miles. The isolation worked to
our advantage; we had the place all to ourselves the whole time we were
there. The castle is in very good shape inside and out considering it is
835 years old. It is remarkably easy to photograph because the outer
walls fell down centuries ago. If you have enough time for a side trip
to this little keep, you will not be disappointed.
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