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Norwich Castle Museum (Norwich)
Member Name: bobby29
Norwich Castle Museum (Norwich)
Date: 26/08/01, updated on 26/08/01 (124 review reads)
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Norwich Castle Museum was origonally built by the Normans as a Royal Castle, and from the 14th Century was a prison until 1894, when it became a museum, which it still is today.
There are 3 zones in the Castle. These are:-
CASTLE & ARCHAEOLOGY - This includes the Boudica Gallery, which tells the story of Iceni and the Romans. There are many hands-on exhibits you can touch.
NATURAL HISTORY - The Norfolk Room has been popular since the 1930's. It shows plantlife, animals, birds and insects.
ART & EXHIBITIONS - This zone shows paintings and exhibitions, several dedicated to the Norwich School of Painters, Ceramic and Glass collections. It also houses the largest teapot collection in the world.
You can also tour the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum Prisoners' tunnel. This will lead you to explore soldiers lives through peace andwar from 1685 - present. There is also a battlements and dungeons tour.
The castle has recetly undergone an £11.8 million refurbishment. This is the first major refurbishment in 900 years. There is a new cafe, and also a shop where you can buy gifts, cards and souvenirs.
Admission prices for the whole castle are £4.70 for adults, £4.10 concessions, £3.50 for children, and £13.90 for a family.
They are open from 10:30am - 5pm Monday - Saturday, and from 2pm - 5pm on a Sunday.
The Castle is situated in the heart of Norwich on a huge hill, more like a mountain really!! Included in the refurbishment, is a lift which will take you up to the Castle.
Tel:- 01603 493625
You will also find a deep well where people throw their change into. This is interesting for people. From the time you throw the coin in, to the time you hear it drop the bottom, seems to last for ages! You will always find people crouched over the well.
I love this place. It shows how old Norwich is, and how the city itself has formed around the Castle, and how the Castle has been left untouched. It symbolizes the history and heritage of the city, and draws millions of tourists each year. It's fun, educational and a brilliant day out for everybody!
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