Baconsthorpe Castle

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Visit the extensive ruins of Baconsthorpe Castle, a moated and fortified 15th century manor house, that are a testament to the rise and fall of a prominent Norfolk family, the Heydons. Over 200 years, successive generations of this ambitious family built, then enlarged, and finally abandoned this castle.

Sir John Heydon probably built the strong inner gatehouse during the turbulent Wars of the Roses period, and his son Sir Henry completed the fortified house. In more peaceful times, their descendants converted part of the property into a textile factory, and then added the turreted Elizabethan outer gateway, inhabited until 1920.

Parking: Car parking is available on site with a £2 charge for non-members payable by text. Parking is free for Members with a valid English Heritage car sticker on display. If you would prefer to pay in advance of your visit, please visit our parking payment service website.

Access: Access is on gravel paths and across grass. Some surfaces are uneven and can get muddy during wet weather. Access to the inner castle area is through a rather narrow gate.

Facilities: There are no facilties at the castle but the market town of Holt is five miles away.



  • Assistance dogs welcome


  • Facilities for educational visits

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Off A140 or A148 to Baconsthorpe village. The site is up a track signed from the village.

Public Transport Directions

The nearest railway station is Sheringham, which is 5 miles away.

Baconsthorpe Castle


Baconsthorpe, Castle Road, Baconsthorpe, Norfolk

Tel: 01223 582700

Opening Times

* Please see website for further details.

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