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
April to October: Wednesdays & Sundays from 10am - 4pm (depending on wedding bookings) except event days.
Please check the Hedingham Castle website for updates on opening times before visiting.
1 mile off the A604 between Cambridge and Colchester, in the village of Castle Hedingham.
It is very difficult to visit Hedingham Castle via public transport. The nearest railway stations are at Sudbury and Braintree, with very irregular bus services.
Car park on site
De Vere Cars 01787460999
Historic Houses members visit free on normal open days.
Adults: £8.50 adults
- Accessible toilets
- Wheelchair ramps/routes
- Accessible parking
- Access statement available
- Guide dogs welcome
Groups are welcome to visit Hedingham.
Our fairytale wedding at the Castle was amazing! A big thank you you all the staff here who went above and beyond our expectations. All our guests said that they had an amazing day, the venue, the food, the entertainment and more! Our day was perfect!
The 160 acre estate of Hedingham Castle provides one of the most romantic settings for a wedding in Essex. With ornamental lakes, immaculate lawns and gardens, a sweeping drive leading up to the early Georgian Mansion House and a 900 year old Norman Castle, it is truly a unique and quite magical place.
Ceremonies are held within the candlelit majesty of the Banqueting Hall beneath a Norman arch the like of which can not be found, outside the Great Cathedrals, anywhere in Northern Europe. Here, where Kings and Queens once sat in state, there is room for one hundred guests, with thirty more looking down from the Minstrels’ Gallery.
Lead your guests over the Tudor Bridge to the Mansion House, where drinks are served in the Great Hall overlooking the gardens. In the summer enjoy the fountain on the lawn, in winter a huge log fire awaits. From the Hall, guests progress into the immaculate Tulip Lawn Marquee which can seat 160 guests.
From the Ccremony descend one floor for the drinks reception, which can spill out onto the lawns of the inner bailey or take advantage of the gallery over the ancient flint walls, and thence to the magnificence of the Tapestry Floor for the wedding breakfast, followed by dancing through the evening.
In a private, self-contained garden just inside the entrance to the Hedingham Estate, the Tudor Lodge can sleep up to 17 people in comfortable, well equipped period surroundings.
With a huge sitting room and dining area, the Lodge provides the perfect base for families and friends to explore the North Essex countryside, the races at Newmarket or the Colleges of Cambridge.
In the winter, a log fire makes returning from a bracing walk in the secluded woodlands around the Castle a delight. Unfortunately, because of the age of the building, the Lodge is not accessible to wheelchair users.
The sensitively restored 900-year-old Norman Keep is one of the most unique venues for corporate and social entertaining in East Anglia, a striking and unusual location for product launches, team building or private parties.
The magnificent Tapestry Room on the ground floor, seating up to 70, can be used for medieval banquets or more formal dinners, with further floors available upstairs for receptions, conferences or dancing.
Surrounded by the tree lined privacy of the inner bailey there is ample space for activities and freedom to explore the paths around the lake, the formal gardens and the wilder woodland.
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