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Early Years

View our current schools programme on the main page

As an alternative to a museum visit, we’re offering paid-for virtual programmes based on some of our most popular events.

For more information, enquiries and bookings, contact the Norwich Bookings Coordinator at, or call 01603 493636.

Museum Adventurers! EYFS

Join us for a playful open-ended trip around our galleries, designed to support a child-led approach to visiting somewhere new. Explore the galleries at your own pace, with invitations to play and investigate along the way. Our specialist Early Years practitioner will work with you to tailor the visit to support the needs and interests of your children, and on the day, a member of our Learning Team will be with you to ensure that everyone has an amazing adventure together. Museum Adventurers! has been developed together with children and adults from a local Early Years setting.

Potential topics for exploration include:

  • Big and small
  • Shapes
  • Animals
  • Treasure and special things
  • Teapots
  • Same and different
  • Numbers
  • Positioning schema
  • Collections
  • Hiding and finding

We strongly encourage practitioners to visit us beforehand, to explore the possibilities the galleries have to offer and support the planning of your visit. If you have other ideas for things you’d like to explore, please let us know!

1.5 hours, £3.50 per pupil, max 30 children, minimum fee £35, adults free in a ratio of 1 adult to 2 children

Animal Explorers! EYFS

One, two, three - what can you see? Explore our amazing Natural History galleries and discover creatures that can swim, fly and crawl! Featuring a mixture of story, song and play aimed at stimulating curiosity and imagination.

1.5 hours, £3.50 per pupil, minimum fee £35, max 20 children, adults free in a ratio of 1 adult to 2 children

Self-guided visits

Explore the galleries at Norwich Castle with your EYFS group!

Please note: there are some closures and changes in the museum due to the Norwich Castle: Royal Palace Reborn redevelopment project. If there are particular areas you want to visit, please check that they are available before booking by contacting You can also see planned gallery closures on our website.

Free for pre-booked term-time visits by schools in Norfolk; £2.40 per pupil for pre-booked term-time visits by schools outside Norfolk (under-4s free). Max 60 pupils. Accompanying adults free in a reasonable ratio.

Medieval Family Adventure Kits

Created as part of the Norwich Castle: Royal Palace Reborn project, these kit bags contain a selection of items to add a little Medieval sparkle to a self-guided journey around the museum with your EYFS group. Explore the galleries with a little help from some Medieval families!

What’s inside?

  • A copy of I See a Family: a special Medieval story book for Norwich
  • A ‘poppet’ doll: a Medieval character who would love for your group to show them around the galleries
  • A sensory item: a little something the Medieval poppet has brought with them from the workshop where they were made to share with you and help you explore the galleries

The kits are free to borrow but must be booked in advance, along with your self-guided visit. To book your visit and check availability of the kits, please contact 01603 493636 or

Find more information about the Medieval Family Adventure Kits plus ideas about how to use them in the museum.