Planned gallery closures

Please note that occasionally galleries may need to close at short notice. If you are making a special visit to see something specific, you are advised to contact us in advance.

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Temporary gallery closures

Norwich Castle Keep – Tuesday 23 – Friday 26 April 2019

Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England is a major National Lottery Heritage Fund-supported project.  As part of our preparations for major redevelopment works later in 2019, the Castle Keep will be closed from 23 to 26 April for the safe removal of display cases.  Following this work it will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to experience Norwich Castle Keep from a different perspective, highlighting more of the Norman and later Victorian architecture.

Ongoing gallery works

Norwich Castle Keep - April 2019 onwards

The main floor and balcony of the Keep will remain open to visitors (with the exception of any temporary works listed above) until building work begins later in the year, however all objects will be removed.

This will help us complete essential survey work, and learn even more about the building and its construction.   Visitors will have a unique opportunity to experience the Keep from a different perspective, viewing more of the structure and architecture of the building.

Norwich Castle Keep Basement – Ongoing since 20 November 2017

Since 20 November 2017, the ground floor (basement) of the Castle Keep has been closed to the public for essential surveying work.  This is associated with our exciting Gateway to Medieval England project, which will transform the Keep back to its original form as a medieval Royal palace.  We regret that there is no longer public access to the Prison Stories displays.

We are undertaking archaeological excavations to help us understand the depths and size of the foundations used for the building’s massive walls.  Other investigative work will help us learn as much as we can about the Castle’s past before we begin any building work inside the Keep.  The results of the surveys will inform the continued conservation of one of Europe’s most important Norman monuments.