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Dive into history at Hedingham Castle

Located in the aptly named village of Castle Hedingham in north-east Essex, Hedingham Castle was constructed in the 12th century and is now regarded as having the best preserved Norman keep in England. Amazingly, it remains a family home, but is open to the public between Easter and October. It also hosts a range of events, from jousting, archery and falconry to weddings, which take place in the atmospheric surroundings of the candle-lit minstrel's gallery.

Steaming through Castle Hedingham

The village of Castle Hedingham hosts one of the stops on the famous Colne Valley Railway, and is a must for rail enthusiasts who will be thrilled at having the chance to ride a carriage pulled by a renovated steam engine. Perhaps take a trip aboard to the East Anglian Railway Museum at the end of the line while you're there, too.

Boydells Dairy Farm: animal magic

Less than 6 miles from Hedingham Castle is Boydells Dairy Farm, a working farm open to the public for displays and demonstrations. Visitors can get up close to the animals, and children love bottle-feeding the babies and collecting eggs. Goat rides and donkey cart trips are also available. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Hedingham Castle? Check out Travelodge Cambridge Central Hotel, Travelodge Haverhill Hotel or Travelodge Peterborough Central Hotel.