Orford Castle | Day Out With The Kids

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Attraction Currently Closed

Orford Castle

  • Woodbridge
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Ages 4+
  • Castles and Palaces, Tourist Attractions

Attraction Currently Closed

Some English Heritage gardens and historic sites have begun a phased reopening following the Coronavirus pandemic, allowing families to visit in line with the latest government guidelines. Visits MUST be booked in advance for a specific time slot to help manage visitor numbers. For more information about which locations are open, and to book tickets, please visit the English Heritage website.

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Attraction Information

Orford Castle

Come and discover one of the most complete and unusual keeps in England, dominating this charming patch of green in Suffolk. The unique polygonal tower keep of Orford Castle stands guard over the picturesque former port town and makes for some great family photos as well as delighting any architectural fans in the party!

The castle is unusually intact allowing you and yours to explore all the way up from the basement and the vital well, through the lower and then upper halls all the way to the roof where there are terrific views seaward to Orford Ness! It will delight kids that all around the rooms lurk a maze of stone passages, eventually leading to the chapel, kitchen and other chambers in the turrets! It's best not to run about, but it's high imagination territory for sure and most kids will love it but it's worth noting that there are 91 steps to the top of the keep, so give little legs some thought before starting!

In the Upper Hall there is a display unit featuring Roman brooches, coins, medieval seals and borough regalia; plus if the kids are older and more interested you can use the complimentary audio tour and take a more in depth journey around the castle.

You are welcome to bring a picnic to have in the grounds: there's plenty of grass to sit on and 2 picnic benches but it should be noted that their are no toilets on site. Pick up a free family learning leaflet when you get your tickets called Step Inside, to help you get the most of the trip!

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Opening hours

10 AM until 5 PM (or 6 PM in peak months) daily year round with closure only during the Christmas holiday period


Adults £6.90 Child £4.10 Concessions £6.10 Group & family rates also available

Travel & Contact Information


Ofrod, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 2ND, England

Phone number

0870 333 1181



Click here to visit Orford Castle's website.

FAQ & Additional Information

Yes, there is parking onsite.

No, there are no toilets available.

No, there are no baby changing facilities.

Orford Castle has not told us if you can bring a picnic.

Orford Castle has not told us about their dining options.

Orford Castle has not told us if they are fully wheelchair friendly.

Yes, Orford Castle have stated they are pushchair friendly.

Orford Castle has not told us if they are dog friendly.

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