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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.

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

Join us for Museums at Night at Norwich Castle!
Saturday 14 May, 5-10pm

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Enter the world of knights, damsels and dragons after dark as Norwich Castle comes alive with daring adventures, glorious activities and dashing tales.

Find out more here
about this annual free event of activities, fun and games.

Don’t miss the fiery finale!






All aboard The History Train! – announcing the arrival of British Art Show 8

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On Saturday 18 June Norwich will experience a unique occasion as the British Art Show 8 arrives in the city. Six horse drawn carts will form ‘The History Train’, processing through the city’s streets as they ceremonially deliver the art works to each venue in a specially commissioned piece devised by leading contemporary artist Alan Kane. Find out more here.





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.





Winter and Spring What’s On brochure – Out Now!

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The much anticipated What’s On leaflet for Norwich Museums is out now! Click here or on the image to download your copy, for the low-down on our new, exciting exhibition, A Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons as well as holiday activities, Tuesday Talks and lots, lots more!

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




#DeadlyDragons competition time!

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If you’re visiting ‘A Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons’ don’t miss our Twitter competition with signed books and an original illustration by Cressida Cowell up for grabs!

Follow the links to find out how to enter and to see the full terms and conditions.




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Get more info on all our events 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.