Eye Castle is a scheduled ancient monument located within the town of Eye. The original castle was a ‘motte and bailey.’ The motte is the high defensive mound with a keep on the top whilst the ‘bailey’ is the level area in front of the mound. Today, the ruins of a 19th century folly are situated on the summit of the motte and can be accessed by a flight of stone steps for spectacular views of the town and surrounding countryside. The original line of the ‘bailey’can still be seen as the line of buildings following the streets around the castle. Sections of the curtain wall are all that remain of the 12th century castle that once dominated the site. New interpretation tells the story of Eye Cstle and its links to both local and national events
At the foot of the motte the level grassy area is popular for picnics whilst in the Summer months children’s activities and outdoor theatre productions are regularly held on site.
The castle grounds are open from Easter to October between 9am and early evening each day and at weekends during the winter months. There is no parking on site. Please use the town centre car park from where, a waymarked route leads to the castle.
The ‘Eye Town Trail’ leaflet contains information about the Castle and other historic buildings around Eye. It is available from the Mid Suffolk Tourist Information Centre.