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

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About

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, aswell 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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Facilities

Accessibility

  • 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.
  • Disabled toilets

Booking & Payment Details

  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)

Catering

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

Children

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome

COVID-19 Response

  • 1m distancing in place
  • 2m distancing in place
  • Clear signage
  • COVID-19 measures in place
  • COVID-19 risk assessment completed
  • COVID-19 staff training completed
  • Deep cleaning between visitors
  • Face mask essential (not provided)
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Food available during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Hand sanitizer available to visitors & staff
  • One way system
  • Outside seating
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Pets welcome during COVID-19 restrictions
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands

Group Travel

  • Out of Hours Visits

Groups

  • Education/study area
  • Facilities for educational visits
  • Facilities for groups
  • Guided tours for groups

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Bar area
  • Board/Flipchart
  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Free broadband internet in bedrooms
  • Grounds for outdoor activities
  • Helicopter landing
  • Leisure facilities onsite
  • Mobile phone coverage
  • Sole use of venue
  • Venue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding planner available
  • Wedding receptions

Parking

  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted
  • Gift shop
  • Guided tours for individuals
  • Public toilets
  • WiFi or internet access

Site Features

  • Regional Tourist Board Member

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • 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

Type:Castle

Bayley Street, Castle Hedingham, Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ

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