English Medieval Castles: Norwich Castle
1066 to 1075 AD
Open to Visitors

Norwich Castle is a motte and bailey medieval royal fortification founded by William the Conqueror some time between 1066 and 1075. Norwich is one of 48 castles mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086.

The stone keep was probably built between 1095 and 1110 and it still stands today, although its outer shell has been repaired repeatedly, most recently in 1835–9 by Anthony Salvin, with James Watson using Bath stone. It’s 95 ft (29 m) by 90 ft (27 m) and 70 ft (21 m) high, and it’s of a hall-keep type, entered at first floor level through an external structure called the Bigod Tower.

In Lent 1190, violence against Jews erupted in East Anglia and spread to Norwich. Some people fled to the safety of the castle, but those who did not were killed in their hundreds. From 1200, the castle was used as a prison for felons and debtors, with additional buildings constructed on the top of the motte next to the keep.

The castle is open today as a museum and art gallery.

View of Norwich Castle in a 1909 publication titled "The ancestry of Abraham Lincoln". Source: Wikimedia Common.
Entrance to Norwich Castle.
Entrance to Norwich Castle. Image courtesy of Paul Farmers and Wikimedia Commons.

Visit Norwich Castle

Facilities

No Dogs Allowed
Giftshop
Museum
Restrooms
Carpark Nearby (Paid)
Picnic Room
Cafes / Restaurants
Step-Free Access
Cafe

Hours

Open Monday to Saturday 10am – 4.30pm, Sunday 1 – 4.30pm. 

Closed on 24, 25, 26 December and 1 January.

Preparations for a redevelopment project started in spring 2019. Check on any planned improvement works that might be taking place during your visit.

Address

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery, Castle Hill, Norwich, NR1 3JU

Phone

01603 493625

Prices

Type of TicketAdmission Price
Adult£9.90
Concession (over 65s, people with disabilities, students, adults receiving benefits)£9.40
Child (4-18)£8.50
Family with 1 adult£26.10
Family with 2 adults£34.85
Twilight Ticket (1 hour before closing)£12

Location

Norwich Castle Gift Ideas

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Aydon Castle. Image courtesy of Flickr Commons, Author: Mr. Evil Cheese Scientist

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