As you can see, Ollie wasn’t that impressed. But he did of course think that it was his castle.
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In bright sunshine, I took a trip to the pretty village of Castle Acre. Just north of the market town of Swaffham, it is only around fifteen miles from home. The village is famous for a large Priory, and for the castle which gives it its name. Entry to the castle is free, as is parking there. It is open every day in daylight hours.
It dominates the surrounding area, sitting on a large man-made mound. Originally built just after the Norman Conquest, in 1067, it was a wooden hill fort surrounded by a deep ditch. Used as a base by the occupying Normans, it was later developed into a substantial stone castle, and local centre of trade and the judiciary. By the year 1200, it was one of the largest castles in the area, and had a huge stone keep, with a grand hall beneath. This is all that remains of that imposing keep now.
If you are ever in the area, Castle Acre is a great place to visit. There are cafes, shops, and a very nice pub/hotel too. As well as the castle, there is the famous Priory. I will feature that in part two.