Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the last 2 years you'll have noticed that Framlingham has received a alot of attention thanks to local signer/songwriter Ed Sheeran and his hit single 'Castle On The Hill'.
Framlingham Castle is indeed a must-visit attraction. This magnificent late 12th Century castle is ideal for both young and old to be immersed in the history of the Kings and Queens of years gone by!
However, here at Suffolk Cottage Holidays our truly local team know that there is a lot more to Framlingham than it's famous castle. Check out our top 5 reasons to visit this delightful market town below:
1. The perfect place for a stroll
There's no denying the beauty of this quaint market town. If you enjoy stretching your legs, there is a Town Trail takes you around the town and marks all the areas of historic interest as well as giving you an excellent guided tour.
If you prefer a more challenging walk then pop on your walking boots and try The Brownsord Way. A circular walk around Framlingham this takes you on an 11 mile route around this historic town giving panoramic views of the castle as well as the stunning surrounding countryside. You'll also be taken down woodland tracks where native plants and local wildlife are in abundance.
2. Independent shops galore
If you love shopping then you'll love Framlingham! Packed full of unique, independent shops selling an array of things including gifts, clothing and antiques. There's even a pop-up shop on market hill which currently has the Carousel Gallery in residence.
Don't forget to pay a visit to the twice-weekly market where you'll find a whole host of stalls including fresh local produce, vintage clothing, designer jewellery and an array of delicious tasty things to tempt you. Every Tuesday 8am - 4pm and Saturday 8am - 5pm.
3. Fabulous for foodies
Other than the foodie delights on offer at the market, there is also a fantastic choice of pubs, cafes and restaurants in Framlingham which offer excellent quality food.
The Station is another Ed Sheeran favourite - and it certainly lives up to all the hype. It may look rustic and unassuming from the outside but the freshly prepared food is simply divine and often features seasonal specials using local produce. They also offer wood-fired pizzas in the courtyard Thursday - Friday 5pm - finish and Saturday 3pm- finish. Ideal to enjoy with a local beer on a lazy summer afternoon.
Another of our favourites is The Lemon Tree Bistro just off the market square. Excellent for a coffee and slice of cake or if you prefer a bit of lunch they serve delicious french cuisine. Open from 9am - 4pm Monday - Friday and 9am - 5pm Saturday.
4. Community spirit
The residents of Framlingham are well-known for their sense of community spirity. There's always something going on in the town from art exhibitions to live music events.
One of the biggest events in the town is the Framlingham Gala Fest - 3 days of colour, music and family fun. Taking place on the last weekend in May and includes a series of events throughout the weekend which are finished off with the main event on the bank holiday Monday. A wonderful event for all the family including live music from local musicians, a craft fair, delicious BBQ, team dualthon and the eagerly anticipated parade through the town.
5. The home of award-winning Suffolk wines
On the outskirts of Framlingham is Shawsgate Vineyard. Home to East Anglia's oldest commercial vineyard and producing award-winning Suffolk wines including range of white, red, rose and sparkling wines. They host tours and tasting sessions as well as other events including Cheese & Wine and Afternoon Tea.
If you fancy yourself as a wine connoisseur then this is definitely worth a visit. They even offer a DIY tour for free where visitors can explore the vineyard at their own pace using a helpful information sheet to guide around the beautiful vineyard where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll and perhaps catch a glimpse of the local wildlife.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip to Framingham now and click here to browse our range of luxury self-catering holiday cottages in this deilghtful market town.