Pleshey Castle Tour

Pleshey Castle

This is a great opportunity to visit earthworks usually closed to the public.


Nick Wickenden, Museums Manager for Chelmsford City Council, will lead the tours, which start at the castle at 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.


Nick Wickenden commented, “Pleshey Castle is probably Essex’s best example of an earth-built Norman motte and bailey castle. The whole village still lies within its Norman defences which sweep round in a great semi circle, and the castle mound is very picturesque, with lovely views of the surrounding countryside from the top of the earthwork. In its heyday, in the 14th century, the castle was owned by Edward III’s seventh son, the Duke of Gloucester, and was one of the most important estates in England. We are very grateful to its private owners for joining this national scheme, aimed at increasing public access to hidden treasures.”


Please book through Chelmsford Museum as places are limited.


Parking: on street near site


Meeting Point: Meet by gates into castle


Accessibility: Not suitable for wheelchairs

Pleshey Castle, is located off the road going north out of Great Waltham towards Great Dunmow.

Ticket Price

Free Event

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