New Buckenham Castle

New Buckenham Castle

You know when you have something on your doorstep and you keep on meaning to visit but never get round to it. New Buckenham Castle was that something for us. Well it’s only taken 5 years, but now we’ve been, and we just can’t stop visiting.

New Buckenham Castle
Looking down at the castle from the earthworks

At the edge of the village of New Buckenham there is a little footpath, leading off into the fields. Nothing special really, but hidden along that footpath is New Buckenham Castle. It is a real gem.

New Buckenham Castle
It’s quite atmospheric

The keys to this privately owned castle can be picked up from the local shop, just on the main road through the village and about a 5 minute walk from the castle. A small donation is asked for and this goes towards the upkeep of the castle, just so it doesn’t get completely overgrown.

New Buckenham Castle
Exploring

The castle is not a tourist attraction. There are no information boards, gifts shops or facilities. Just a castle, a rickety picnic bench and solitude. It is a special place to visit. I’ll leave Wikipedia to fill you in on the history of the site, it’s an interesting read.

New Buckenham Castle
Views out of the castle

When we visit we like to park our car at the little car park next to the village playground, it’s free and means we can always finish our visit with a fun a bit of a play. We then take the short walk into the village, over the village green and past the interesting market cross building, to the shop to get the keys. We usually get a drink and a snack or too as well. Then we head off to the Castle.

New Buckenham Castle
Enjoying a break

The moat around the castle is the first thing you notice and you have to cross it to get the gates. Unlocking the gates and entering the castle is like entering another time. Plus, as you lock the gates behind you, you are guaranteed to have the place to yourself.

New Buckenham Castle
L adores it as he can run around and pretend to fight dragons

Inside the gates you are surround by the fairly intact earth ramparts, which with sturdy shoes, you can walk around. It’s a bit of an adventure but if L can manage it, most people can. Inside the earthworks are the remains of the stone tower, which you can look around.

New Buckenham Castle
This is a really special place

You’ve then just got a nice, safe, enclosed and private space to run around in.

New Buckenham Castle
Looking down at the remaining castle

New Buckenham Castle isn’t a long visit. Not at all. But it is an interesting one. It’s also one we thoroughly enjoy. Plus we tie it in with a visit to the playground which L loves. When he is too old for the playground we’ll probably just walk further along the footpath and see what that has too offer, but for now that will remain another one of those local things we want to do but never get round to.

New Buckenham Castle
It is nice being able to explore by yourself

12 thoughts on “New Buckenham Castle”

  1. Oh I know that feeling; I’ve been meaning for us to visit our local National Trust property since moving here 4 years ago now!

    It looks like you had a lovely time exploring these beautiful surroundings!

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