Landmark and home to some of Norfolk’s greatest treasures
One of the city’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a royal palace over 900 years ago.
Now a museum and art gallery, it is home to outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology, natural history and more. Highlights include the magnificent Norman keep, galleries devoted to Boudica and the Anglo-Saxons and Vikings, the beautifully re-displayed natural history galleries and, deep in the dungeons, a fascinating new display on the Castle’s long history as a prison.
The delightful decorative arts gallery looks at 600 years of style and design. There is a superb collection of paintings by the Norwich School and the world’s largest – and very beautiful – collection of ceramic teapots. Changing exhibitions, large and small bring great art and collections of all kinds to the Castle so that every time you visit there’s something new to see.
Often a-buzz with families and school children, this museum is held close to many people’s hearts.
Activities include: family activities, talks, changing exhibitions, adult learning and costumed characters. Study centres for fine and decorative art, archaeology and natural history collections. (One to two week’s notice required).
Recommended length of visit: 2 to 4 hours
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Other good things to do near by
Do a circuit of the Castle mound to take in 360 degree views of the city and have a picnic in the Castle Gardens.
The medieval marvel, St Peter Mancroft Church and the 21st century Forum are just five minutes away, as is the art nouveau Royal Arcade. Norwich’s beautiful and historic Assembly House is a good spot for lunch or walk a little further to get to the Norwich Lanes where you’ll find eateries aplenty.
Travel and parking
In the centre of Norwich 10 minutes walk from the railway and bus stations. No parking on site. Nearest paid car park Castle Mall, levels K to N. Public transport available, please visit Traveline for full public transport information.
Open year round Mon-Sat: 10am-4.30pm, Sun: 1pm-4.30pm
Closed 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January
Child 4-18: £7.00
Family Ticket: 1 Adult + all children: £22.40
Family Ticket: 2 Adults + all children: £29.90
Park & Ride: £6.80 per person
Pop in for £2 one hour before closing every day
Museum Passholders, Friends of Norwich Museums and children under 4 – free entry
Battlement Tours & Dungeon Tours
Family Ticket: 1 Adult + all children: £8.90
Family Ticket: 2 Adults + all children: £11.90
Facilities and access
Mostly accessible to mobility scooter and wheelchair users. There’s an audio visual introduction to the Castle, battlements and dungeons. Telephone for further details.