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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In July 2018 Norfolk Museums Service submitted a planning and listed building consent application to alter the internal arrangement of Norwich Castle’s historic Keep and transform the visitor experience.

The proposals will return the Keep to its original Norman layout and create a new medieval gallery in partnership with the British Museum. Inclusive access to all five floor levels, including a new roof viewing platform, will be possible through the installation of new lifts and a bridge-link.

The project has secured major funding from Central Government, the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, Garfield Weston Foundation, and a number of local trusts, foundations and businesses, as well as generous support from the general public.


Visualisation of the British Museum - Partnership Gallery of the Medieval Period (Haley Sharpe Design) 


  • Lottery Funded
  • Norfolk County Council
  • Norwich County Council