I find it difficult to believe nobody has reviwed this recently. We have a Norfolk Museum pass so my son and I often call in for a look around while the 'girls' are shopping.
Every visit uncovers something new, it might be a new exhibition or a new activity. I am so pleased that it has made him enjoy exploring history.
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Superb restored example of a Norman Keep well worth a visit .
Norwich Castle is in the city of Norfolk ,England.. Norwich is also the capital of Norfolk... It was also one of the largest towns in England and has earned the honor of becoming the first in England to be admitted to the World League of Historical Cities.....along side places like Paris , Vienna, Prague,Barcelona, Budapest and Rome. It will also be the site of the 2012 Olympics.
Like most castles in England...it has a history of its own. Erected in the 11th century earthwork motte and baileys fortress....It was founded by King William 1. The next centuries that followed .additions of Sone castle, huge ornate keep, drum towers and gatehouse were added with a drawbridge and a stone bridge that spans the dry bridge. . It remains a museum and art gallery today and contains many of the original exhibits. Medieval Norwich has 57 churches within city walls and 31 still exist today.
I don't know what it is but going through the castle gave me the goose bumps throughout the tour.....especially when I came across the prison walls...and the dungeons.....visitors can see chains and shackles used on prisoners in the castle, a pair of stocks, a scolds bridle, a gibbets iron and death masks of the murderes hanged in the castle. ...its very very eery..........
The centuries old Cast window of the Castle still one of the marvels of Norwich....perpendicular instyle and skilfully built. It is located in the city centre, off Castle Meadow. It is open daily from 10:00 - 4:30 and 10:00 o 5:00 Saturday's and Sundays.
Norwich Castle is one of the most obvious attractions in Norwich. An historic site, this castle is classically constructed.
We visited the castle in the late '80's during a week long trip to the area.
After 14 months working in a building right next to the Castle, on my final day in Norwich I decided that I would finally go and take a look at this classic piece of architecture.
However, I was defeated by the £6.60 entrance price. No thanks! I did take the opportunity to wander the outside and got a few great pictures. The Castle Green is also a good spot for a picnic lunch.
They do have a deal from 4:00 to 5:00 - an hour for a pound, but I couldn't hang around that long.
You cannot fail to notice the amazing building that is Norwich Castle - perfectly in proportion and standing beautifully on Castle Meadow, just looking at it from the outside is enough for me!
Step inside, though, and you get a glimpse of life gone by, complete with Dungeons, hands on activities for all ages, and displays complete with back up information so you continue to learn!
Your visit can include time in the gift shop and coffee shop, and you really can spend all day there if you wish.
A tip if time is short, is to go in the last hour of opening, when you can get in for just £1.....a bargain if you have children with a small attention span!
A constant reminder of the cities medieval past, Norwich Castle gives an incredible insight into how the city has been shaped over many hundreds of years.
The castle keep itself is great for kids to explore, and for big kids taking the battlement and dungeons tour is a must, as the views (from the former) and stories (from the latter) are really interesting.
Leading out from the keep itself you also have the art gallery, with its extensive collection of works from the Norwich School. And also the animal collection of stuffed creatures from around the world, which keeps children entertained for hours. You can easily spend a good three or four hours in there, and the great thing about it is that it bears repeat visits. Simply because they cram so much of interest into such a small place.
Wow it's such an amazing place! I've got such fantastic childhood memories of visiting. They have given the castle a scrub in recent years giving the old girl a fresh new look. It's the focal point of the city and is a great way to navigate if you are new tot he area.
There is a nice canteen inside with some really scrumptious cakes to go along with your visit.
There is a new glass lift to take you to the entrance via castle meadow or you can get access over the bridge via the gardens.
They have visiting art exhibitions that change every few months as well as a collection of various stuffed animals to learn about.
My person higlight is the Egyptian things which incldes a mummy.
I recently visited here with my mother and two children. I was amazed. From outside, it seems that while the castle is striking and beautiful, I could not imagine what the inside would contain.
Firstly, we sampled the excellent service and food at the cafe - delightful homemade soup and lovely atmosphere. From there we explored the victorian galleries, with the stuffed animals and wonderfully painted exhibits.
There were a lot of different activities - from craft activities for the children, to explanations of the weapons and armour used.
The highlight for us was the gallery and exhibit on Bodecia and how she lead rebellions. The children particularly enjoyed the video section, brass rubbings and the go on a chariot!
Definitely value for money - came away still not having seen all of it - will certainly return again for more.
You could blindfold me and stand me in the middle of the rotunda of Norwich Castle Museum and I would know exactly where I am. The wonderful mixture of smells is instantly recognisable, and always signals that I have a great few hours in store.
The fine collection is hugely varied and encompasses fine art, archaeology (local and Egyptology - I was fascinated by the cat mummy when I was little), an impressive teapot collection, and natural history rooms. The Norman keep has displays of the history of the building, which was used as a prison for many years.
I do regret the loss of the archaeology dioramas, removed when the archaeology gallery was redisplayed a few years ago, but the new galleries are impressive. There are temporary exhibition spaces, and I thoroughly recommend a dungeons and battlements tour, if you get the opportunity.
This is an interesting museum, with spectacular views over Norwich. The dungeons are great, though you need to be part of a special tour to go through them.
The place is quite educational and its not too expensive, especially if you go late in the day.
This place has everything - it's an incredible castle for one, but it also has a crazy museum attached. It just keeps going and going!! For the price of admission (can't remember now but it's reasonable) you get to wander freely through the castle and its associated exhibits of weapons, artifacts, paintings, etc (and you're allowed to go up & down a rad spiral staircase AND you can take photos!). The exhibits are well arranged and described. Then of you continue into the additional museum areas, there's SO MUCH stuff to see - art, ancient Roman, Egyptian, & Celtic relics, wildlife, fossils, pottery....I was just expecting a dank old castle so this was a very pleasant surprise!
superb lots of great things to see and genuine pieces of history. Tour of the dungeon was also really facinating.
For me this is probably the second most iconic view in the city (the first being the city's cathedral spire). It's a great place to go on school trips and get yourself educated with the many changing exhibitions. It also gives you a fantastic view of such a beautiful city. The down side? It's an awful lot of steps to the top!
Always the first port of call for visitors to norwich. The staff are very professional and the guided tours very good. Probably a bit miserable this time of year to go out on the top and a bit scary. I feel the gift shop is overpriced but still high up on my list of places to go.
i love the museum, i remember going when i was a kid and the guide locking me and my sister in the dungeons, its so much fun and very educational, great for all the family.
Norwich Castle Museum is a fantastic oppurtunity to see a wide range of exhibits and take in lots of interesting facts. The art and design department (where I worked on work experience!) is fantastic and the layout is perfect, giving information in an informative and creative way that will capture a child's imagination.
The try it yourself exhibits, such as the chariot that children can take a ride on in the Boudica section, are also a fun way to get involved and experience the history.
The ancient egyptian room has an impressive mummy, complete with x-rays of the inside and the original sarcophagus. It also contains a mummified cat, bird and various examples of egyptian jewellery.
Having enjoyed plenty of school trips here as a child, I really feel that this is an enjoyable and educational experience.
The art galleries are also fantastic, the paintings are often changed (remember I worked there, I've seen the storage rooms!), so going more than once will still be worth it.
The £1 for an hour offer at the end of the day is great value, though I still recommend taking the dungeon tour- seeing the actual dungeons is amazing and from my experience the tour guides are always enthusiastic and the tour group enjoy his/her guides thoroughly.
In short: What a cool place. You should definitely go there.
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