Orford castle is an important castle dating from Norman times, it was once a valuable deterrent on the east Suffolk coast against the regular threat of invasion.

Orford itself was once quite an important port until during the middle ages when the harbour began to silt up.  Obviously after this happened then its importance started to decrease.  The castle keep is in a reasonable state of repair, but the curtain wall that once surrounded it as all but disappeared.

We visited the castle during August 2001.  The castle is now in the hands of English Heritage.