THINGS TO DO
Once you have explored the castle, head for the Market Square, which forms part of a conservation area at the heart of this thriving community. Here you will find quality shops to explore and eateries that range from a café to a coaching inn. The mixture of independent retail caters for the needs of the locals as well as for visitors keen to spend their money on something to take home. On your way out of the town, pay a visit to Shawgates Vineyard and winery on Badingham Road.
A quick tour of the town includes everything from a ducking pond and Tudor almshouses to a Victorian pillarbox, which is still in use. Also not to be missed is the beautiful church of St Michael’s with its magnificent tombs and effigies.
Market days are on Tuesday and Saturday and take place on Market Hill.
Ruby Tyger is a thriving lifestyle shop set up five years ago by Susie and Sarah. It has grown organically and developed a loyal following. Old and new customers always receive a warm welcome, leaving them free to browse the Italian clothing, Havaianas, Victoria shoes, jewellery, handbags together with a variety of interior accessories.
Their ethos is that you shouldn’t have to spend a fortune to look great. They choose beautiful pieces that are floaty, flattering and chic. Tucked away, off Market Hill , there is always something new to look at. Definitely worth a visit.
Framlingham’s biggest visitor attraction is its wonderful 12th-century castle, which could be an illustration from a children’s picture book and is one of the finest surviving examples of its kind. Built by Roger Bigod, one of the Earls of Norfolk, it has been adapted and used as many things over the centuries, including a poorhouse and a court. Today it is in the care of English Heritage and hosts a programme of events and re-enactments.
A brand new café and retail space have been added to the Workhouse at Framlingham Castle and an original mezzanine level has been reinstated to house a new exhibition which tells the stories of the historic property and its former residents, including Mary Tudor.
With a collective love of interior design and travel, the team at Olivie have curated items to create a fusion of different cultures that both compliment each other and stand alone as functional art.
Their philosophy is all about merging the artistic creations from traditional craftsmanship with up and coming designers from Suffolk, the Middle east and Africa. Each piece is either individually sourced or designed by Olivie and is available at their attractive and engaging store on Market Hill.
A selection of beautiful rugs, ceramics, cushions, throws and jewellery are available to buy at the Market Hill shop.
The area surrounding the castle, Framlingham Mere, is another Bigod legacy and makes for a lovely walk. It provides a haven for wildlife as well as offering views of the castle and of Framlingham College. It is one of Suffolk’s leading public schools was founded in memory of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert in 1864. Former pupils include the artist Alfred Munnings.