Castle Acre, Castle Acre Castle

NHER 3449 

The ruins of the western gatehouse taken from the keep.

The ruins of the western gatehouse, Castle Acre. (© NCC)

The castle was founded soon after the Conquest by the first William de Warenne, initially as a stone 'country house'. During the first half of the 12th century, however, more disturbed conditions prompted its progressive conversion into a strong keep, further defended by stone walls and an immense system of ditched earthworks. Still impressively visible, these are perhaps the finest castle earthworks in England. Meanwhile, the 'planned town' deliberately established outside the castle was also protected by ditched earthwork defences with stone gates. The castle is owned and managed by English Heritage.

The earthworks in the bailey taken from the keep.

The bailey at Castle Acre. (© NCC)



Located at the east end of Castle Acre, 5 miles north of Swaffham.


Small on site parking area.


Dogs allowed on leads. Interpretive panels.

Opening Times

All year, any reasonable time, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Admission Costs




The ruins of the keep.

The ruins of the keep, Castle Acre. (© NCC)


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