Hedingham Castle

Norman keep and Georgian mansion on the edge of a picturesque English village.

Castle Hedingham, near Halstead, Essex, CO9 3DJ

Hedingham Castle in Essex
Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

The 900 year old Norman keep of Hedingham Castle stands in 160 acres of spectacularly beautiful landscaped gardens and woodland where the Lindsay family, descendants of the original owners, the De Veres, still live.

The Norman keep forms the centrepiece of the estate. With woodland, lakes and formal gardens surrounding the Georgian Mansion House, it is an enchanting place to visit.

All five floors of the Castle can be reached via a steep staircase, and contain some of the finest decorated stonework in Western Europe.

Hedingham Castle is split into two main properties, the Norman keep, which is open to the public, and the Georgian House which is only open for private tours and weddings.

Opening Times


Selected dates from February to October.

Frequent closures for weddings.

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.


Adults: £8.50 adults
OAPs: £7.50
Child: £6

If you have a Historic Houses membership, we still require you to book your ticket for the day you would like to visit, to allow us to monitor numbers. For Historic Houses members, please select the Historic Houses ticket option using the booking form above, click through to choose your preferred date and process your tickets – we will then need to see your Historic Houses membership card on arrival to admit free entry.

Group Visits

Groups are welcome to visit Hedingham.

Educational Visits

School groups are welcome and speakers can be arranged.

History really comes alive at Hedingham Castle. It’s an extraordinary, exciting and most importantly memorable place for students at any level of study, and for younger scholars visits can be linked to Stages 1 to 4 of the National Curriculum.

We welcome visits from schools on Wednesdays during our open season, broadly speaking from April to October.

Please contact to arrange a visit:

01787 460261

  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

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