I’ve been on a bit of a hiatus lately trying to get everything together. As of 24 December 2017 I now live in England with my boyfriend. I’ve been so busy getting ready for that and settling in I’ve had to put this on the back burner for a while. Anyway now that I’ve apologised let’s get to the real reason you’ve come here.
England is full of history, it has a spectacular past and every town I go to and street I turn down I find myself going ‘Wow’. It truly is unlike any place I’ve been too, the cobbled streets, tiny roads, country lanes; absolutely fascinating. So naturally I want to make the most of my time here and go and adventure out as often as I can. The only down side is that I live in Ipswich which in the east of the country. Not many places are accessible on the train line. Let me break it down for you – Ipswich is roughly 1hr 10-20mins train ride from London and a return ticket (if you buy last minute) will set you back about £35-45 (which is A$70-80!). That’s a lot of money for a day in London. As I now work in London and do this train journey every single day the last thing I want to do is come back in on the weekend. But that’s okay, just another excuse to go out and explore regional England.
And on that note, everyone knows Ed Sheeran’s song Castle on the Hill right? Well what some people may not know is the castle he’s singing about is based on a place called Framlingham in Suffolk. Turns out it’s only a 40 minute drive from where I live so road trip!!
It’s a nice little drive full of greenery and small country lanes. Do be careful on the roads though, especially going around corners as you can’t always see what’s coming on the other side.
Once you arrive in Framlingham follow the signs to the castle. There is a carpark there which you can use all day as you go explore the castle and town. Car parking is free if you buy a ticket inside the castle which worked out to roughly be £9 per person. Of course you don’t need to buy the ticket but if you don’t you can only walk around the outside. There isn’t a lot to do inside, there’s a small museum and cafe but that’s really it. What you are paying for is to marvel at the fact this was once a castle with soldiers who I can just picture lining up the flaming bow and arrows in the cracks on the castle walls. You are able to climb some steps to go to the top and scale the castle walls. If it’s a nice day like we had this is a must. You get beautiful views of the down and beyond.