Norwich Castle keep

Visitors enter the Keep through the Bigod arch, the original entrance to the Norman Royal Palace.  The arch remains one of the finest examples of 12th century stone carving in existence.

Explore the garderobes (Norman toilets), peer down the deep, dark well, visit the King’s chapel and descend the 900 year old spiral staircase.  Peep into the Keep model to spy on King Henry I during his Christmas stay of 1121 and dress up as royalty as you take your place on the throne.

Displays on two floors explore the Norman and medieval world, through internationally significant collections, alongside beautiful objects loaned by the British Museum.

Feast your eyes on glimmering Norwich silver and fine examples of the City’s civic regalia.  Meet ‘Snap’ the famous dragon, an important part of Norwich’s history and tradition. 

Closure of Norwich Castle Keep basement

From Monday 20 November 2017, the ground floor (basement) of the Castle Keep will be 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 will no longer be 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.

The rest of the Keep and museum will remain open as normal, including the special exhibition Rembrandt – Lighting the Darkness.

We apologise for any disappointment caused by this closure.