Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Norwich Castle




All Tickets & Bookings

01603 493636

General Enquiries

01603 493625

24 hour Recorded Information

01603 493648


01603 495909

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View of the Castle keep at Norwich Castle
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One of the city's most famous landmarks, Norwich Castle was built by the Normans as a Royal Palace 900 years ago.
Now a museum and art gallery, the Castle is packed with treasures to inspire and intrigue visitors of all ages.

The entire collection of this museum is a Designated Collection of national importance.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Castle or defences

Opening hours

Low Season: 1 April – 1 July, 1 October – 30 June 2013
Mon – Sat: 10am – 4.30pm
Sun: 1 – 4.30pm

Peak Season: 2 July - 30 September
Mon – Sat: 10am – 5pm
Sun: 1 – 5pm

Please contact the museum for opening days over Christmas and New Year.

Admission charges

Castle Ticket (incl. Special Exhibitions)
Adult: £6.80
Concession or Adult (in family group*): £5.80
Young Person (4-16): £4.90

Special Exhibitions Ticket
Adult: £3.50
Concession or Adult (in family group*): £3.00
Young Person (4-16): £2.60

Museums Pass holders, Friends of Norwich Museums and under 4s free. Discounts for groups, ring 01603 495897 / 493636 for details.

Concessions are available for visitors with disabilities, over 60s and students.
Visitors with disabilites may bring one companion in free.
Admission to the shop, cafe and Rotunda information desk is free.
*A family group must include at least one child.

Additional info

Video presentation introducing the Castle with audio visual tour of dungeons and battlements.

Norwich Castle is home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine art, archaeology and natural history. The entire collections held at Norwich Castle are Designated Collections of national importance.

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery reflects the importance of the city, one of England's richest and largest settlements from the Middle Ages to the 18th century. Some of the displays are in the magnificent Norman Keep, which was built as a royal castle, the most ambitious secular building of its generation in Western Europe.

The museum has comprehensive collections of the Norwich School of Artists, 18th century Lowestoft porcelain and a world-beating assemblage of nearly 3000 British teapots. Prominent amongst the collections are birds and butterflies from around the world, and Britain's biggest, oldest and most complete fossil elephant.

There is outstanding Bronze Age and Anglo-Saxon archaeology and much of the Snettisham Treasure, the largest collection of Iron Age gold neck rings from Europe. The museum reopened in 2001, following an £11.7 million development funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund. There is now better access to the collections at the new Castle Museum Study Centre, which is linked to the Castle.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Natural Sciences, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

An Eye for Colour: John Joseph Cotman 1814-1878

  • 7 June 2014 — 15 March 2015 *on now

An accomplished watercolourist with a penchant for vibrant colour and a rapid sketch-like technique, John Joseph Cotman (born on 29 May 1814) was the third of John Sell Cotman’s five children and learned drawing at his father’s school in St Martin’s at Palace Plain, Norwich.

John Joseph mostly painted Norfolk and imaginary landscapes in watercolour, and occasionally in oil. A believer in the value of composition and drawing, he wrote that the objective of drawing is ‘to lead the mind to the study, and appreciation of all that is beautiful both in Art & Nature.’ This bicentenary exhibition celebrates the idiosyncratic and highly original use of colour that made John Joseph Cotman such an innovative member of the Norwich art scene in the 19th century.


Normal admission charges apply


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

John Wonnacott and John Lessore: The Life Room and the City

  • 4 October 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery has joined Norwich University of the Arts to celebrate the iconic art school’s 170th year. This is an exhibition of the work of two important British painters, John Wonnacott and John Lessore, and the paintings they made in and around the art school while they were teaching there in the early 1980s.

Wonnacott and Lessore were brought to Norwich in 1978 by Edward Middleditch (RA) specifically to develop the Life Room – a space where students could be trained in drawing from observation and memory using the traditional skills of anatomy and perception. Wonnacott and Lessore created two Life Rooms in the riverside studios of the late 19th century Art School buildings where they also made their own work. The paintings produced were collected by Tate, the Arts Council Collection, and private collections in Britain and the USA, and we are very pleased to be able to reunite this extraordinary body of work in this exhibition.


Normal admission charges apply


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Ancient Egyptians at the Castle

A downloadable resource pack with classroom and museum-based activities on the Ancient Egyptians using the Egyptian Gallery at Norwich Castle.


  • Faye Kalloniatis and Sally Swain


  • Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service

Anglo-Saxons and Vikings at Norwich Castle

A pack with classroom and museum-based resources and activities based on the Anglo-Saxon and Viking Gallery at Norwich Castle.


  • Colin Hynson and Tim Pestell


  • Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service

Battlements Tours

Battlements tours offer a unique and breathtaking view of Norwich and Norfolk.
Visitors climb a Norman stone spiral staircase and from 125 feet above street level, appreciate clear views of Mousehold Heath - the scene of Kett’s 1549 Rebellion, the magnificent Norman Cathedral, early Norwich buildings and many other well-known landmarks.
Discover how the city developed over the last 1000 years and learn how the castle was once the centre of royal power, sieges, and persecution.

How to obtain

Tours run Mon - Sat: 10.30am, 11.15am, 2.30pm & 3.15pm. Sun: 2.30pm & 3.15pm.
Places can be reserved, please tel. 01603 495897/493636 to book or check times.
Cost: Adult £2.00, Concession or Adult (in family group) £1.70, Children £1.45.
Please note: tours are only available with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Suitable for children aged 8+

Dungeon Tours

Dungeons tours enable visitors to discover parts of the castle not open to the public. The tour descends deep below the castle to a maze of early medieval cellars used to incarcerate manacled prisoners in dreadful conditions long ago.
Hear extraordinary stories about prisoners. Learn about the history of crime and punishment. And see horrifying instruments of torture including a ducking stool, scold’s bridle and gibbet iron.
The tour also includes a sinister collection of Victorian death heads - plaster cast impressions of locally hanged criminals!

How to obtain

Tours usually run Mon - Sat: 10.30am, 11.15am, 2.30pm & 3.15pm. Sun: 1.30pm, 2.30pm, 3.15pm & 4pm.
Places can be reserved, please tel. 01603 495897/493636 to book or check times.
Cost: Adult £2.00, Concession or Adult (in family group) £1.70, Young People (4 - 16 yrs) £1.45.
Please note: tours are only available with the purchase of a general admission ticket. Minimum age 5 years.

Norwich Castle Education Pack

The Norwich Castle education pack, available as a free download, is aimed at teachers of Key Stage 3 Local History, Geography and Citizenship.

The Museum Club

Workshops covering social history, art, natural history and archaeology topics for children 7 years and upwards. Once a month on a Saturday morning. Sometimes the group makes visits to other places of historical interest around Norwich.

How to obtain

Call the castle on 01603 495892 for more details and to join. A term's membership is £11 per child, but free for children in care.