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Norwich Castle

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Address: Castle Meadow, Norwich NR1 3JU, England
Phone Number: +44 1603 493625
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Sun 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Description: Built as a Norman Royal Palace and once a prison, Norwich Castle Museum...
Built as a Norman Royal Palace and once a prison, Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery is packed with treasures, including fabulous fine art, archaeology, an Ancient Egypt gallery, and natural history. Find out about the Castle's own history in our awe-inspiring Castle Keep.
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2 adults and 2 x 8yr olds. Not been since kids. Thought our kids may enjoy it. Some of the museum is as remembered but don't like the modern look as you enter thru the cafe and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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Norfolk, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

2 adults and 2 x 8yr olds. Not been since kids. Thought our kids may enjoy it. Some of the museum is as remembered but don't like the modern look as you enter thru the cafe and gift shop areas. Sitting in the cafe couldnt really tell u were in castle which a shame - saying the the food in... More 

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Harwich, United Kingdom
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45 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Norwich castle doesn't look like most castles that I have been to. It doesn't have the stony walls and looks almost modern. The displays are informative and lead you through the local history with ease. Well worth a visit, expecially if you sample the coffee shop - the scones are gorgeous.

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London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We visited on the last sunday in August. We hadn't fully appreciated that the castle does not open on Sundays until 1 pm. When we returned at 1.20 pm, the queue was stretching out of the door and we found that all the dungeon tours had been booked up. Not being local, and the fact that it was our last... More 

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Seaford, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

Most attractions are geared for younger or older families, but I would say that this would be suitable for all. There was a fabulous tour wear the tour guide advised, and showed, she even pointed out some historic graffiti which managed to keep the younger ones interested. After the tour we visited the rooms, each having their own theme, from... More 

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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

So much more to see and do - perfect for everyone to spend a few hours- the keep was a spectacular surprise that takes your breath away!! Brilliant day. Will return for a longer visit.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Very enjoyable and interesting, well worth a visit. Lots to see and even the kids can join in and participate in certain things.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Visited on Bank Holiday Monday as the weather outside was terrible. Plenty for the children to look at in the museum but most of the time was spent in the keep. Lots of activities in the keep such as a trail, colouring, demonstrations, dressing up and weaving. Spent over 5 hours keeping everyone busy.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

We visited the castle during a holiday in Norwich and had a great experience. The castle has a wonderful history both as a castle and prison and finally a museum. We visited with our kids, 10 and 13 and 16 year old nephew. All really enjoyed it, especially the battlements and interactive presentations in the main hall. Our only complaint... More 

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Manchester, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

this is NOT what i call a castle its a museum disguised as a castle, the museum is two thirds of the attraction and an average museum at that. if you are looking for a proper castle this is not the place for you

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

Random but enjoyable museum with varied exhibitions and unusual content. If you have English heritage cards they have a reduced entry rate that takes it from ouch to acceptable. Some fun things with dress up and drawing for the little ones. Also plenty of models that my daughter thought were large dolls houses. After spending a couple of hours there... More 

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