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Norwich Castle

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

One of Norwich’s most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago.

Explore the Castle's history as a palace and later as a prison, and enjoy our fabulous collections of fine art, archaeology, and natural history as well as the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum collections.

For more information, please contact our friendly museum staff on 01603 493625 or email

Norwich Castle Highlights

See below for news on displays, major exhibitions, and current highlights.

Medieval Madness at Norwich Castle 21 July – 3 September

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Visit Norwich Castle over the summer holidays, as we’ve got plenty of fun for a family day out. You can meet our costumed characters and at our Medieval Manners table you can see if your manners are fit to dine with a Queen!

Demonstrations of arms and armour will teach you how our country fought for the king and you can also watch and experience our stage and screen fight director who will show off those all-important fighting techniques.

Challenge yourself with our Conquer the Castle trail, dress up in costume, and get creative with the many craft activities that will be taking place all summer long – show your creativeness to make and take home your own crown, shield and stained glass window.

Our Medieval Madness doesn’t stop there as we have a programme of special events across the summer including Shakespeare’s Soapbox where actor Neil Paris will beguile us with the words of the Bard on his Shakespeare’s Soapbox. Also experience Imagination Museum dance performance tours which bring our marvellous museum objects to life through words and movement.

Take a look at our events calendar and What’s On guide to see what exciting activities are happening when you visit. Some things on our programme change daily but all madness is free with admission price and one thing is for sure – Norwich Castle is the cool place to be this summer.

British Art Show 8

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For the first time in its history the country’s most prestigious contemporary art exhibition, British Art Show 8, is coming to East Anglia. Hosted by Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Norwich University of the Arts and the Forum, British Art Show 8 will feature over 100 works by 42 established and emerging contemporary artists. Find out more here.





Special Event: The Norwich Medieval Mystery Plays

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Norwich Castle Keep, Thursday 25 and Friday 26 August 6pm (doors open at 5.30pm)

Brand new theatre performances in the splendour of Norwich Castle Keep; light hearted and entertaining – a perfect way to spend a late summer evening.
Adults £5, Children under 16 FREE (accompanied by an adult). Booking essential, tel. 01603 495897/493625.




What’s On at Norwich Museums, Out Now!

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Click here or on the image to download your copy of the new What’s On leaflet.

Find out about our new exhibition British Art Show 8 as well as a host of talks, workshops and activities throughout the summer.

To keep abreast of events at all the museums, sign up to our regular e-bulletins here.



Norfolk Museums Service gets green light from Heritage Lottery Fund to transform Norwich Castle Keep

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It was announced today that Norfolk Museums Service has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for the Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England project.

An initial development grant of £462,400 will be a major boost to the multi-million pound plan to transform Norwich Castle’s iconic Keep into one of the region’s premier heritage attractions. A further £8.7 million has been earmarked towards the project and a second application for the full grant will be made at a later date.

Read more about this exciting project here.

Watch a short film about the project's vision here

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The watercolour gallery is amazing, the colours are so fresh. For someone living in Manchester I did not realise what an extensive collection of pictures you have.