The historic market town of Framlingham is a vibrant and energetic place simply overflowing with history and secrets. We have compiled six secrets that will make your visit to Framlingham truly memorable.
Nestled deep in the heart of our beautiful Suffolk countryside is a melting pot of culture and history. The picturesque town of Framlingham may seem like a small sleepy village at first but as you delve deeper with a stroll through the ancient streets, adoring the abundance of stunning listed buildings, the bubbling culture emerges. It’s easy to understand why Framlingham has been included in the Sunday Times’ Top 100 places to live.
Framlingham is the perfect place to spend the day exploring. The town is full of nooks and crannies hiding a whole host of independent shops and eateries, whilst the outskirts are criss-crossed with walks teeming with wildlife.
The town’s most prominent feature is the famous Framlingham Castle. It’s a firm favourite with locals and is frequented by visitors from far and wide. The castle is even the inspiration for a chart-topping song by celebrity resident Ed Sheeran (“Castle on the Hill”).
We have written a whole blog post about Framlingham Castle, so make sure to take a peek before your visit. But what other activities can you enjoy in this thriving market town? Without further ado here is our list of Framlingham’s best and worst kept secrets:
Framlingham Church of St. Michael
Find out the secret of who is buried in the Church of St. Michael. The beautiful flint church with an impressive clock tower is often overlooked by visitors who flock to the castle for their lesson on history. It does, however, harbour its own secrets: the outstanding tombs. These ornate and intricately crafted tombs of stone and marble hold the remains of people of historical significance and even with ties to the throne. So, look closely at the tombs. You may be in for a surprise.
Market Day (Tuesdays and Saturdays)
Taste fabulous fare at the Framlingham Market. For over 700 years traders from Framlingham and its surrounding towns and villages have pitched up to sell their wares in Framlingham’s bustling market. Now, although markets are not as prominent as they were back in the 13th century, twice a week the ancient market square is filled with a wealth of local produce, tasty food and artisan goods. The market is still extremely popular with the locals and visitors as it’s the perfect place to find a little treat or trinket. Go on, indulge yourself!
Sup award-winning Suffolk wines at Shawsgate Vineyard. English wines are on the rise and the wonderfully warm summer that we’ve enjoyed has provided ideal conditions for vineyards; meaning there will be a wealth of fantastic vintages produced. Shawsgate Vineyard is located just a three-minute drive from Framlingham and produces a tantalising mix of reds, whites and rosés alongside some delicious sparkling wines. Entry to the vineyard is free and it’s the perfect place for a picnic. Hhowever, make sure to book if you wish to enjoy a tasting. If you’re a big fan of fizz, then you must try English sparkling wine. It gives Champagne a run for its money.
The Blacksmith Gallery
Discover artistic smithing at The Blacksmith Gallery. Suffolk blacksmith John Ball takes the ancient skill and combines it with new-age engineering techniques – and an artist’s eye – to forge intricate pieces of inspirational and functional ironwork. From the humble beginnings of learning his trade with a homemade brick and vacuum-cleaner forge, today John creates his masterpieces in a bespoke workshop packed with modern technology alongside his traditional forge, using hammers and anvils. His unique traditional and contemporary pieces are on display in the gallery as a showcase for collectors, but don’t be afraid to ask for a commissioned piece.
Enjoy a wide variety of artisan treats at Leo’s Deli. After a long morning of exploring the nooks and crannies of this beautiful town it will be hard to resist the call of a rumbling tummy. And why should you? Tipped by locals as the best place for a top-quality sandwich, Leo’s offers far more than your average sandwich shop. This tardis-like deli tucked away down a side street, contains a cornucopia of delights, so make sure to pick up a treat to enjoy later. We highly recommend their selection of cheese.
The Circular Walk
Soak up the scenery by taking a walk. There is so much to see on this wonderful circular walk around Framlingham. Enjoy panoramic views of the town, alternate views of the castle, church and college, weave through woodland tracks teeming with wildlife, and keep an eye out for otters at the Mere. To complete the full circle is 11 miles and can take up to six hours. However, don’t worry if you’re looking to enjoy a shorter route, there are plenty of exits points allowing you to take a short cut back into town.
Now, if that isn’t enough for you to plan an exciting day out in Framlingham then make sure to ask us during your stay and check out our other posts on the blog. After a long day out exploring Framlingham, our luxury self-catering accommodation is the best place to relax with a glass of bubbly and plan your next Suffolk adventure. Don’t forget the cheese!