Imagine yourself 800 years ago walking to see the King, eyes drawn to the intricate stone carvings of the Bigod arch as you enter the bustling keep.
In 1121 King Henry celebrated Christmas in the new stone keep perched on its mound high above the city of Norwich. Although refaced in the 1800’s the Castle still retains the elaborate blank arcading that speaks of the wealth and power of Norman rule.
Since then Norwich Castle has experience a chequered history, from being captured briefly by the French heir Louis around 1216, to local rebel Robert Kett being hung in chains from the battlements in 1549.
Centuries as a prison have left their marks, and their stories within the embrace of the flint lined walls; explore these through the ‘prison stories’ exhibits.
The Castle now houses a museum and art gallery full of world class collections ranging from Celtic gold torcs and Saxon swords to contemporary art and natural history.
Don’t miss the dungeon and battlements tours giving a root to tip view of a truly remarkable building.
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