Hedingham Castle from the grounds
  • Hedingham Castle from the grounds
  • Hedingham Castle
  • Hedingham Castle
  • Hedingham Castle
  • Hedingham Castle

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Hedingham Castle is the most iconic building in Essex.  Built 900 years ago, the ancient defensive landscape of the motte and bailey castle, along with the Norman keep form an impressive heritage treasure that is well worth a visit. Now inhabited by the Lindsay family, who are descended from the de Veres, the Earls of Oxford, who built the castle, it has the unique charm for visitors that goes with private ownership.  Surrounded by the formal gardens and undulating woods and stunning lake, it is a place to explore, picnic, and create your own adventure.  Visitors can discover history and relax with the only limitation being their own imagination.  Never has history been such fun.

Once you have been to the keep, which is the best preserved in the country, and admired the widest Norman arch in domestic architecture in Western Europe, spill out into the grounds.  It is beautiful all year round, with spectacular snowdrops in February, daffodils in March, bluebells in April, rhodedendrons in May, as well as glorious trees and autumn colour to enjoy, reflecting in the lake.  It is a photographer's dream.

The events programme is exciting and varied, from Jousts to carshows, and theatre to vintage fairs, outdoor cinema to medieval sieges.  There is something for everyone, and so often the best way to enjoy heritage.  The grounds and keep are also open during the week and at weekends for more peaceful and private enjoyment of the estate.

Hedingham Castle is also the most romantic wedding venue in England, hosting ceremonies in the keep, and banquets in the tapestry room, or receptions in the stunning Georgian country house.  People adore coming here for corporate events of all types, from feasts to photoshoots, as well as many other parties. 

It is also the perfect place for a staycation. The Medieval Lodge sleeps 17 and the Garden Cottage sleeps 4.  Anyone staying here can explore the grounds after hours and enjoy the stunning peace and quiet of the Essex countryside.  There is so much to discover just a stone's throw down the road.

We look forward to welcoming you to Hedingham Castle and sharing our beautiful home with you.  Please see our website for more details.



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Wednesday, 24th July 2024 - Wednesday, 24th July 2024

Wind in the WillowsBoxtree Productions presents…Wind in the Willows It will be an evening of wonderful open-air theatre that the whole family will enjoy, set in the beautiful grounds of Hedingham Castle.
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Wednesday, 31st July 2024 - Wednesday, 31st July 2024

As You Like ItThe Duke's Theatre Company returns to Hedingham Castle with 'As You Like It'!
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Tuesday, 13th August 2024 - Tuesday, 13th August 2024

Adventure Cinema presents The Greatest Showman Sing-a-longThis is the greatest show! Get ready to watch and singalong with The Greatest Showman on a huge open-air screen.
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Wednesday, 14th August 2024 - Wednesday, 14th August 2024

Adventure Cinema presents Top Gun (Original)A blockbuster open-air showing of the original and absolute 80s classic, Top Gun! Feel the need...the need for speed!
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Thursday, 15th August 2024 - Thursday, 15th August 2024

Adventure Cinema presents Pretty WomanWatch a classic movie under the stars! Join us for an outdoor cinema experience like no other with a showing of Pretty Woman, starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
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Friday, 16th August 2024 - Friday, 16th August 2024

Afternoon Tea & Talk in the CastleTo celebrate National Afternoon Tea Week, we have partnered with The English Cream Tea Company to bring you a delicious Afternoon Tea in a beautiful setting!
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Sunday, 18th August 2024 - Sunday, 18th August 2024

Classic & Vintage Car ShowAlways a highlight in the Hedingham calendar! Featuring a range of vintage, pre 1940s classic, classic and modern classic vehicles, this show is a must for all car lovers.
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Sunday, 25th August 2024 - Sunday, 25th August 2024

Monday, 26th August 2024 - Monday, 26th August 2024

Knights of AlbionPrepare for an unforgettable clash of courage and might as The Knights of Albion make their triumphant return to Hedingham Castle for our final joust of the season!
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Wednesday, 28th August 2024 - Wednesday, 28th August 2024

Thursday, 29th August 2024 - Thursday, 29th August 2024

Teddy Bear's PicnicBring along your favourite bear and join us on a fun, exciting adventure to get to the picnic on time!
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Monday, 2nd September 2024 - Monday, 2nd September 2024

Hawks & Friends at Hedingham CastleJoin us in the Castle for a magical up close and personal evening with Eden Falconry and their beautiful kestrel, hawks, buzzards and everyone's favourite - the Eurasian Eagle Owl, Big Alice!
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Sunday, 15th September 2024 - Sunday, 15th September 2024

Porsche Classics at the CastleWe are delighted to welcome back Porsche this September for what promises to be one of the biggest events in their 2024 calendar!
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Sunday, 6th October 2024 - Sunday, 6th October 2024

Hedingham Castle Wedding ShowWith over 20 years of experience, the dedicated team at Main Event Wedding Shows are the experts when it comes to creating wedding shows to thrill and inspire our couples getting married.
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Sunday, 6th October 2024 - Sunday, 6th October 2024

Main Events Wedding ShowExplore the venue at your leisure and view the majestic Norman Castle, the elegant Georgian Country House with stunning landscaped gardens and magical Ballroom Marquee, all dressed for a wedding.
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Sunday, 13th October 2024 - Sunday, 13th October 2024

Sunday, 20th October 2024 - Sunday, 20th October 2024

Sunday, 10th November 2024 - Sunday, 10th November 2024

Sunday, 17th November 2024 - Sunday, 17th November 2024

Sunday, 1st December 2024 - Sunday, 1st December 2024

Sunday, 8th December 2024 - Sunday, 8th December 2024

Sunday, 12th January 2025 - Sunday, 12th January 2025

Sunday, 19th January 2025 - Sunday, 19th January 2025

Sunday, 26th January 2025 - Sunday, 26th January 2025

Owls by CandlelightCome and join the brilliant Eden Falconry for a magical evening with the Owls in the Castle.
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Sunday, 27th October 2024 - Sunday, 27th October 2024

Monday, 28th October 2024 - Monday, 28th October 2024

Tuesday, 29th October 2024 - Tuesday, 29th October 2024

Wednesday, 30th October 2024 - Wednesday, 30th October 2024

Thursday, 31st October 2024 - Thursday, 31st October 2024

Friday, 1st November 2024 - Friday, 1st November 2024

Saturday, 2nd November 2024 - Saturday, 2nd November 2024

Brightworth's School of MagicDo you have a young Witch or Wizard? Brightworth's are opening their doors again this Halloween half term to welcome a new class into their School of Magic.
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  • Disabled access - Please let the person on the gate know as they will allow you to park close to the castle. Realistically Norman castles were built to keep people out! But the ground floor tapestry room is ramp accessible. We very much hope you can enjoy the essence of the castle from this room.


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments
  • Picnic site

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted


  • School Trips

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

By Road: Only 1.5 hours from London, 45 mins from Cambridge and Colchester it is located on the B1058 (1 mile off A1017) .  Follow the brown signs from 5 miles away.  

Public Transport Directions

By Public Transport: We are between two railway stations.  Sudbury and Braintree, which are about 7 miles away.  There is a limited bus service and lots of local taxis.

Hedingham Castle


Castle Hedingham, HALSTEAD, Essex, CO9 3DJ

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