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 bailey at Castle Acre. (© NCC)Essentials
Located at the east end of Castle Acre, 5 miles north of Swaffham.
Small on site parking area.
Dogs allowed on leads. Interpretive panels.
All year, any reasonable time, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
The ruins of the keep, Castle Acre. (© NCC)