Orford Castle Review
Small and squat, this castle surveys the flatlands from atop a green mound favored by picnickers in summer. Its splendid triple-tower keep was built from 1165 to 1173 as a coastal defense. Climb it for a view over what was once a medieval port; the 6-mile shingle (small pebbles) bank of Orford Ness eventually cut off direct access to the sea. Below ground are medieval tunnels and an original well, while the upper hall holds Orford's museum and its collection of Roman brooches.