If you haven’t been to the castle then you are missing out. When showing an American friend around the city, I thought the tour wouldn’t be complete without a wander around the museum and up the battlements.

Great views

I haven’t been up to the battlements for years. I’m not great with heights so it’s not usually my first choice. It’s not that high, though, and the magnificent views more than make up for it.

The tour guide was brilliant. We learnt things like how Hitler wanted to use city hall as his UK head quarters, when the cathedral was started (1096) and how Norwich’s marketplace is one of the oldest in Britain. The views really are spectacular and we managed to get up there on a bright, clear day so the visibility was great.

So much history

The museum itself covers a wealth of history from the ancient Egyptians to archaeological finds in Norfolk that tell a story about how we once lived. I love the natural history section, it’s great to see so many weird and wonderful animals and find out a bit more about them.

The box of hummingbirds, pictured above, definitely caught my attention.

Visiting exhibitions

When we visited, we were very lucky to see the Curiosity exhibition. It’s something that is right up my street. It featured hand written pages by Leonardo Da Vinci, a sheep/St Bernard hybrid, some disturbing art and some amazing glass sculptures of bugs. It’s at the Castle Museum until January 2014. I can definitely recommend it.

Unfortunately there’s no photography allowed in the exhibition room (or in any of the art galleries) so you’re just going to have to visit for yourself.



The castle keep is a great insight into the history of the castle.

Opening times and admission

Peak Season (1 July – 29 September)
Mon – Sat: 10am – 5pm
Sun: 1 – 5pm

Low Season
Mon – Sat: 10am – 4.30pm
Sun: 1pm 4.30pm
Closed 24 – 26 December 2013 and 1 January 2014

Norwich Castle Museum Ticket 

Adult: £7
Concession or Adult (in family group*): £6
Young Adult (17 – 25): £5.40
Child (age 4-16): £4.90

Special Exhibitions Only Ticket

Adult: £3.60
Concession or Adult (in family group*): £3.10
Young Adult (17 – 25): £2.80
Child (age 4-16): £2.60

Telephone: 01603 495897