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Essential information

Norwich Castle is an iconic Norman Castle offering outstanding collections and displays of archaeology, decorative and fine art, natural history and more.

Sandford Award for Heritage Winner 2017:
“Inspirational surroundings for a range of learning programmes tailored to the educational requirements of school groups at all levels. The magnificent Norman keep is one of the best educational resources I have seen.”

The essentials

Museum overview

  • Magnificent Castle Keep
  • Contemporary and fine art including the Norwich School of Artists
  • Royal Norfolk Regimental collections
  • Romans, Anglo Saxons and Vikings, and Egyptians
  • Crime and punishment, natural history and the decorative arts
  • World-class special exhibition programme
  • Café and shop with pocket money items


  • Drop off point for coaches near museum entrance

Facilities for schools

  • Indoor picnic area with coat and bag storage
  • A short, safe walk to Castle Gardens where there’s space for picnics and to run around


  • Accessible toilets
  • Level access
  • Lift to first floor
  • Please discuss wheelchair access on booking

Bookings and information

Booking is essential for all school visits, and we’d recommend usually enquiring a term in advance. If you’d like to make a booking, contact or 01603 493636, and have the following information to hand:

  • The name and postcode of your school
  • The number of students you want to bring
  • Their year group(s)
  • The number of accompanying adults 
  • The type of visit you’re interested in
  • Which half-term/term you’d like to visit
  • Whether anyone in the group has any access needs
  • For workshops, half-day events or self-guided visits, whether you’d like a space to eat packed lunches. If you visit for a full-day event, you’ll automatically be assigned a lunch space
  • Artsmark Partner
  • Quality Badge awarded by Council for Learning Outside the Classroom
  • Sandford Award