Organising Language School visits to Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery
Norwich Castle: Royal Palace Reborn building project
Norwich Castle Keep is undergoing major redevelopment work which will continue until at least 2024. The Keep is closed during this time. Most of the other areas of the museum will be open, with a few changes. Find out more about planned gallery closures
Planning your visit
- Museum opening hours are Monday to Saturday, 10am to 4.30pm and Sunday 1pm to 4.30pm (later opening in the summer – visit our website for details of Norwich Castle opening times)
- If you are bringing a group and wish to make a pre-visit, please contact 01603 493636 or email@example.com
- If you have a large group, you may be required to stagger arrivals
- You can find a risk assessment on our website
- Find general information about language school visits
- We are not usually able to offer space for coats and bags or a space to eat packed lunches
All visits must be booked in advance. To book or to make an enquiry, contact 01603 493636 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Admission and payment
Your booking confirmation for shows details of the charge for your students. Group leaders and accompanying adults are free in a reasonable ratio. You can pay on arrival by cash, card or cheque payable to Norfolk County Council. It may be possible to invoice after your visit. If you would prefer an invoice, email email@example.com in advance of your visit.
If you need to cancel your booking, contact firstname.lastname@example.org in advance. If you have booked a tour or talk, you will need to give 21 days’ notice in writing; if you don’t you may be charged a cancellation fee.
We’re here to help if anybody in your party has mobility difficulties. We recommend you visit the museum before the trip to talk to us about how to evacuate in an emergency. Find more information about access facilities at Norwich Castle on our website.
Arriving at the museum
- There is no parking on-site. However, you can drive over the bridge (in a car or minibus only) to drop off students or accompanying adults who have access needs
- From the coach drop-off on Castle Meadow, head up the path next to the hoardings. From there, there are three routes to the Castle:
- Steps followed by the sloped footbridge
- Slopes through Castle Gardens followed by the footbridge
- The lift opposite the steps. The lift option bypasses the footbridge
- From the lift exit or top of the footbridge, turn right and follow the path around a short way to the main entrance. The entrance has a few steps but there is a step-free entrance nearby which Visitor Services staff can show you
Note: There may be construction vehicles on Castle Meadow. If this is an issue for your group, please ask your driver to drop you off on Farmers Avenue instead. There may be additional changes as the redevelopment progresses.
Inside the museum
Inside the museum there is a lift to the first floor. There is a maximum of one wheelchair user on the first floor at a time. They must be able to transfer or have staff members help them into an evac chair in the event of an emergency.
There are accessible toilets on the ground floor and first floor. On the ground floor, there is also a Changing Place which you can use a radar key to access. A key is available in the museum if needed.
Wheelchairs are available to borrow in the museum on a first-come, first-served basis.
On the day
- Ask your coach driver to drop you off or pick you up on Castle Meadow or Farmers Avenue. There is a short walk through Castle Gardens and across the footbridge to the museum
- The nearest coach or minibus parking is on Rouen Road. The nearest car parking is in Castle Quarter. There is no parking at the museum
- On arrival, please go to the information desk in the Rotunda. We will ask the group leader to sign in and record the number of students and adults in the party. If you have booked a tour or event, a member of museum staff will direct you to your meeting place
- The Museum Shop has a range of souvenirs priced for pocket money
If you are going to be late and have an event scheduled, please call the Bookings Coordinator on 01603 493636.
Responsibilities and expectations during your visit
The group leader has responsibility for adult helpers. They also must brief students and adult helpers on key details before the trip. This includes health and safety, and roles and responsibilities as below.
All group leaders and adult helpers have responsibility for:
- Their students’ behaviour throughout the visit including led sessions and breaks
- Sole responsibility for the welfare of their pupils during breaks and lunchtimes
- Staying with their group at all times, especially during breaks and lunchtimes
- In case of evacuation, escorting their group to the fire assembly point. They take the register and report any missing person to museum staff
Students must have a responsible attitude. They must be mindful of the fabric of the museum, its contents and other museum visitors.
Departing the museum
When you are ready to leave, we recommend you phone your driver to check the coach is waiting for you. If there’s a delay you’ll then be able to wait in the museum rather than on the roadside.