Gateway to Medieval England

Gateway to Medieval England is a four-year project that will reinstate the Norman floors and rooms in the Keep.

New displays and activities will immerse visitors in the sights and sounds of Norwich Castle Keep during its heyday as a Norman royal palace.

The project will open up the Keep from basement to battlements. The lavishly-decorated rooms that King Henry I would have seen on his visit to the Castle in 1121 will be recreated, transforming visitors’ understanding and experience of the Norman Keep. The result will bring to life one of Europe’s most important 12th century buildings right in the heart of Norwich.

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Funding approved for project to enhance public facilities at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Plans to breathe new life into public spaces at Norwich Castle have received a major boost thanks to a £210,000 grant from FCC Environment.


The money, awarded through funding body WREN’s Flagship Project Scheme, will enable a programme of improvement works at Norwich Castle, which includes a major refurbishment of the public facilities, creation of a movable Early Years gallery and new public signage and displays. The project will give the main toilets, which have not been upgraded in nearly 20 years, a much-needed uplift and will also transform the Rotunda, which is a well-used multi-purpose space in the heart of the Museum, while celebrating its unique 1960’s architecture.

These enhancements will support our ambition to make Norwich Castle one of the most visited heritage attractions in the East of the England through our £13.5m Gateway to Medieval England project. Following an announcement in October 2018, we have been successful in our application for second-round funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, enabling the Gateway to Medieval England project to progress through to its Delivery Phase. These complementary projects will shine a spotlight on Norwich Castle and create a new cultural centre and community resource in the heart of the City for the people of the City.

WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.

  • Lottery Funded
  • Norfolk County Council
  • Norwich County Council