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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.

Castle Keep closure
Tuesday 24 January (2pm - 4.30pm) and Wednesday 25 January (12.30pm - 4.30pm)

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Norwich Castle Keep is closed to the public on Tuesday 24 January (2pm - 4.30pm) and Wednesday 25 January (12.30pm - 4.30pm) for essential surveying work associated with our exciting Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England project.

This survey, using laser scanning and drone photography, will create a uniquely detailed stone-by-stone drawing of all the internal walls of the building. For the first time we will be able to piece together the Castle’s history from the original 12th century royal palace, through to the 18th century prison and 19th century museum.

The project aims to present the Keep as it appeared during its heyday under the great Norman kings and significantly improve access to the building. The results of this survey, in the form of a 1:20 scale 3D model, will enable us to draw up architectural designs showing how five levels of the Keep will be transformed.

We apologise for any disappointment caused by this closure. Please be assured that the rest of the museum will remain open during this time.

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 Small Stories: At home in a dolls' house - plus school holiday activities; talks, workshops, and tours.

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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.