This one-time Roman port is dominated by the tower
of a 13th century church and was
first established as a fortified camp.
The biggest attraction here is a moated castle with a 100ft tower built in the 15th century by Sir John Fastoff, later immortalised in three of Shakespeare’s plays as Sir John Falstaff.
The real Sir John commanded the English archers at the momentous Battle of Agincourt. The castle is now home to a motor museum, which boasts the largest private collection of motor vehicles in the country. These include the first ‘real’ motor car, the 1893 Panhard at Lavassor. Nearby are Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens at Filby and the Bygone Heritage Village at Fleggburgh. The latter is a replica village set in over 40 acres of countryside with, among other things, classic vehicles, a village fair, pottery, vintage steam collection and fairground organs.
Caister Beach -
Photo: Martyn Davies CCL