Brecks Awareness Week – Castle Acre

The Brecks (321)The Brecks (253)As I said in my previous post I’m going to be posting a few photos and a bit of information about some of the places that we visited for the Brecks photo shoot last summer.  First up Caste Acre.

I just love Castle Acre – a beautiful Norfolk village full of character and history! On the day that we visited for our Brecks photo shoot we were blessed with glorious sunshine and blue skies – perfect for showing just what a beautiful place it is!

Castle Acre takes its name from the walled castle in the village built in the 12th-century by the Normans.  It also features a famous priory – also dating from 12th-century and  inspired by the monastery at Cluny in France.  The Priory was  home to a community of monks until 1537, when Henry VIII disbanded all monastic houses. The priory’s ruins span seven centuries and include a beautiful 12th-century church with an elaborately decorated west front, still rising to its full height, a 15th-century gatehouse and a porch, and prior’s lodging still fit to live in.  Both sites are maintained by English Heritage – it’s free to visit the Castle while a family ticket for the Priory costs £15.20.

The village also has a lovely pub called The Ostrich and  The Church Gate Tea Rooms – ideal for refuelling after a hard morning/afternoon of history!

So if you’re looking for something to do this weekend why not give Castle Acre a look – I promise you won’t be disappointed!

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