Situated in the attractive village of
Castle Rising are the remain of a large historic Norman
Castle. It was built in 1140 by William d’Albini
II, Earl of Sussex, to celebrate his marriage to the
widow of Henry I.
The castle is said to have been modelled on the keep at
Norwich and its grounds covers an area of approximately
12 acres. For over two hundred years the castle remained
in the hands of the d'Albini family, eventually being
bought by the Crown who held on to it until the 16th
When it was built it was the largest in the country and
was known for its grand staircase approach. Paintings
from the 18th century show that the castle was once
accessible from the sea, this is no longer the case as
the sea is now located some several miles away.
The Inner Bailey consists of the foundations of an 11th
century Norman chapel at the northern end. The upper
level has completely disappeared now, but there are
still lots to see but is certainly worth a visit.
One of its more famous inhabitants was
Queen Isabella, Edward II mother who he locked up here
in 1330 following her involvement in the murder of her
husband and his father. She is said to still haunt the
castle, have a look at our Myth and Legend pages.