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Norwich Castle

Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3JU, England
01603 493625
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Ranked #11 of 92 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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Derby, United Kingdom
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57 reviews 57 reviews
15 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW

I did not have much time so went for the basic entrance fee and there is loads for all the family. Inside you see part of the old keep, the prison museum, the collectors museum, the Romans, Boudicca, Natural History, Art Gallery......... and more. Tip get a free tourist map from the shopping cente and get £1 off (each) the... More

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Brighton, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Leeds Castle is definitely a castle, Norwich Castle is more of an exhibition/museum. We didn't go to see an exhibit about taxidermy animals or tea pots, we wanted to history of the castle. Keep was good, would have quite happily paid about half to see that alone.

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Ipswich, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Went to Norwich for day and spent most of it at the castle Museum. Opted to pay the extra and have a 'dungeon tour' which was the highlight for my 11 year old boy, but not so for squeemish 13 year old girl! Lots to see in the museum, good displays and good food in the cafe, if a little... More

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Billericay, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Great visit. Lots to see inside. You can make it as long as you want according to how much you choose to read in the museum. I recommend this castle.

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Chesham, United Kingdom
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18 reviews 18 reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Our main reason for visiting was to look at the exhibition devoted to birds - excellent, we looked at so many other exhibits too, and were on our feet for over 3 hours - excellent value

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Chester, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

The wonder of birds exhibition is superb, on until mid September. The castle keep is spectacular one of the biggest in the UK befitting what was England's second city for hundreds of years in the middle ages. The Boudica gallery and the Colman Art Gallery were really "Mustard"

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North Walsham, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Loved the Wonder of Birds art work but the history part was a let down, expected more armour and we really wanted to see some swords and weapons. Teapots do not interest us at all. But the animal sections are large and well displayed.

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NorwichMuseums, Public Relations Manager at Norwich Castle, responded to this review

We're pleased you enjoyed our fantastic Wonder of Birds exhibition and the Natural History Galleries, which are popular with our visitors. While we don't have a large collection of armour on display, some of the medieval items in the Keep and the Roman armour in the Boudica Gallery are nationally important. Look out for our arms and armour special events... More

Buxton, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Driving into Norwich the first thing I see is the park and ride,and having a bus pass this allowed us to stay all day for £3.40p and also got a discount on entrance to the castle, cost of parking can be £1.20per hour, excellent service. The castle I agree you can see it has a shell, but the exhibitions inside... More

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NorwichMuseums, Public Relations Manager at Norwich Castle, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed our Dungeon Tour and Battlements Experience - the staff who give the tours are very knowledgeable and love sharing their passion for the Castle with visitors. More

Auckland Region, New Zealand
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48 reviews 48 reviews
30 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

The castle itself is really a shell with exhibits inside. Unless you want to read everything in the glass exhibits it is long enough. I certainly wouldn't pay the full price. It was a prison for a long time and you can see why, as it is certainly very basic. Those displays were really interesting. The dungeons and ramparts were... More

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NorwichMuseums, Public Relations Manager at Norwich Castle, responded to this review

Our Pop in for £2 price is available every day one hour before closing, and between 12 and 1pm Mon-Fri during the school term. As you discovered, this is great for giving you a taster of the museum, but the Castle Keep displays, art galleries, fabulous natural history, Romans and Egyptian Galleries, not to mention our special tours, really do... More

Canvey Island
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

if you like to find out this history of the city of Norwich then this is the place to go! Finding out about the viking periods to WWII and how the castle was used then and how they held prisoners there for many many years! Beautiful exhibitions too. I will not go into full details just in case it spoils... More

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NorwichMuseums, Public Relations Manager at Norwich Castle, responded to this review

Reviews like this really make our day here at the Castle - thank you! More

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