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Norwich Castle

Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3JU, England
01603 493625
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Ranked #10 of 97 Attractions in Norwich
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Castles, Historic Sites, Museums
Description: This Norman Royal Palace served as a prison from the 14th century until it became a museum in 1894.
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Imposing castle, helpful staff and there is a lot to do for children such as drawing, things to read, thrones to sit on and dressing up. Norman Don-Jon, sadly renovated and covered in stones cladding by the Victorians which hides the amazing architecture. Huge open square structure inside and galleries to explore and the 3 seater loos! You have to... More

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London, United Kingdom
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43 reviews 43 reviews
15 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

The castle is in an elevated position right in the centre of Norwich perched on a large mound. Its exhiobits are interesting and well presented. It is a little expensive for what you get but everying is these days. There is a lift for those less able to get to the entrance and the staff are helpful and knowledgeable. Plenty... More

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Hucknall, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014 NEW

The castle is a little bit confused and not really sure if it wants to be a castle (like Warwick etc) or just a museum. But if you are going to pay for the entrance then definately do the battlements walk as you get to see the view of Norwich from the rooftop which gives good photo opportunity for the... More

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Wymondham, United Kingdom
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72 reviews 72 reviews
24 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

Went on a wet Saturday, lots of children there with parents that did not seem to have any control over them. No audio so you are left to wander round which does not really bring the history to life. Considering it's such an icon building locally it was disappointing. Could do better.

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Hampshire, UK
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127 reviews 127 reviews
14 attraction reviews
145 helpful votes 145 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 NEW

The castle keep and surrounding grounds are worth a visit. Inside the dungeon and cellar area are the only parts that feel like being in a castle. The rest is just a museum and gallery that could be housed anywhere with no feeling of being inside a castle. The museum is quite good but not really what I expected to... More

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Hungerford, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

If you want to explore an ancient castle, this isn't for you as it is principally a museum relating to Norwich, Norfolk and the castle's 500 year history as the county prison. Having said that, there is plenty to see and it is all very well displayed. My particular favourites were the stunning wildlife dioramas created in the 1930s. It... More

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Banbury
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Plenty to look at and well presented and reasonable entry price. It would have been nice to get on to the roof for views across the city but I pressume there is no access. The Museum has an eccectic mix of items. The Egyption exhibition looked decidedly out of place although it was interesting. The art galleries and the Tetley... More

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
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10 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

The castle is ok. The dungeon makes it a bit more exciting. However, Norwich shopping is much better ;)

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Bradford, United Kingdom
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82 reviews 82 reviews
19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Decided to go here and see this castle Basically it is a Keep which is a big square room with a very high ceiling and that is it There are lots of exhibitions around the outside, galleries etc all included in the price but they aren't the castle. Coffee shop was nice but don't think I would have missed much... More

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London, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

The castle is rather like an Aladdin's Cave as the ancient castle is now connected to various other displays via modern walkways. We did the battlement tour at the top of the castle and the dungeon tour, the views from the top are great and the dungeons rather creepy! Well worth a visit

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