Norwich Castle is one museum that you simply can’t miss in more ways than one. Set high on Castle Mound in the centre of Norwich, it looks majestically over the skyline that it must have seen alter so dramatically in the almost 1000 years of its existence.
Completed in 1121, the originally Norman structure has also existed as a prison, before becoming a museum in 1894. Today it houses impressive collections ranging from Natural History to Egyptian artifacts to Teapots in the ‘Twining Teapot Gallery’. The central Castle Keep is perhaps the highlight, really making you feel as if you are in a bona-fide ‘Castle’, and you can also tour the battlements and dungeons.
Art lovers will appreciate the Galleries, among which is displayed the museum’s world-famous collection of Norwich School Paintings. There are also some excellent examples of contemporary art, and Norwich Castle regularly hosts significant National and International travelling works and exhibitions (including, very recently the Titian masterpiece Diana and Actaeon).
The Castle has been updated in recent years to include much that will capture children’s imagination. There are several interactive stations throughout, from books and touchy-things to buckets to fill with small toys that little ones will love to carry round with them. Boudica’s chariot ride is a simple idea, but always seems to be a hit!
Prices from 25 March 2016 – (NOTE: A Museum Pass is by far the most cost-effective way to visit Norwich and Norfolk’s museums, particularly if you are a resident and can use throughout the year).
Castle Ticket (inc Special Exhibitions and Regimental Collections)
Concession (over 65s, students, visitors with disabilities): £7.90
Child (age 4-18 yrs): £7.00
Family (2 adults + all children): £29.90
Family (1 adult + all children): £22.40
Park and Ride: £6.80
Twilight (1 hour before closing): £2.00
Museums Pass holders, Friends of Norwich Museums and under 4s free.
Visitors with disabilities may bring in one companion for free.
Discounts are available for groups – ring 01603 495897 / 493636 for details.
Admission to the shop, cafe and Rotunda information desk is free.
Access to the Battlements and Dungeons are by guided tours only.
• Holders of Go 4Less Cards and district leisure cards can visit for the discounted price of £6.80
• If you’re travelling by Park & Ride, show your bus ticket for that day and you’ll get admission for up to 5 people for just £6.80 each
Special Exhibitions Ticket Price:
Concession (over 65s): £5
Child (age 4-18): £4
Open All Year Mon-Sat: from 10am–4.30pm, Sun: 1–4.30pm
Peak Season (27 June–25 September 2016) Opening hours extended to 5pm Mon-Sat: from 10am–5pm, Sun: 1–5pm
Open most Bank Holidays (hours as above) except 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January.
Please note that last admission is half an hour before closing.
Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery.
Castle Hill, Norwich, NR1 3JU.
Telephone: General Enquiries – 01603 493625 (Mon – Fri)
General Bookings and Information – 01603 495897
School Bookings – 01603 493636
24hr Information – 01603 493648