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Norwich Castle Museum

Norwich Castle Visiting Norwich Castle Museum
We were looking for a family day out during October half-term. Being a British autumn, a day at the beach was well and truly out of the question. So, we decided to head for Norwich Castle.

Our two children are 9 and 13 - and it's getting trickier as they get older to find something which suits them both; and we figured Norwich Castle would offer something for all of us.

Norwich Castle well The well at Norwich Castle - hope you've got a head for heights!

A Norman Castle - and locally interesting

Norwich Castle is a Norman built building with the stone used in the construction being brought over from France. Used initially as a means of defence; then as a prison; while more recently being a museum. Now, when I say recently, I do feel I should quantify that, because recently might lead you to think that the museum was started in 1985. In fact, Norwich Castle has been a museam since 1894 - so well over 100 years there.

Hands on exhibit at Norwich Castle Riding a chariot like Boudica

Over those 100 plus years, Norwich Castle has picked up a good selection of natural history specimens, from a stuffed tiger to whale bones - with all kinds of flora and fauna to study.

There are various art galleries to examine too - although we didn't get to see much of these; it's not easy to convince the children to spend much time in an art gallery.

The exhibitions which caught my eye though are those with local information. Boudica and the Romans have their own exhibition. One thing I did learn here is that it's not "Boudicia"; the popular theory is the pronunciation is actually "Boudica". Following on from the Romans, the Anglo Saxons and the Vikings also have an exhibition. The final local exhibition to report on is the Royal Norfolk Regimental Museum.

For anybody looking to find out more about the history of East Anglia - Suffolk (South Folk) & Norfolk (North Folk), Norwich Castle is the place spend a few hours.

The gallery at Norwich Castle Looking across all the activities happening at Norwich Castle

We went to Norwich Castle on 31st October (that's Halloween for anybody out there not familiar with this particular Pagan celebration), and as such there were loads of activities going on for the younger children - ours were too old to appreciate the costume making; bat on a stick construction, and the plethora of other activities on offer. But for those with younger children in tow, the hands on activities were going down a storm.

Dungeon tour at Norwich Castle Starting the dungeon tour...

You can pay extra to have a tour of the battlements, and a tour of the dungeon. We didn't try the battlements - but did go down the dungeon. The dungeon tour lasts about ⅔ hour, and was well received by everyone involved. It's a little scary (it is, after all, a dungeon) - but not too scary for the children. We also learned a lot from the dungeon experts giving the tour.

Advice on your visit to Norwich Castle museum

Norwich castle doesn't cost a fortune to enter; anybody who's used to taking children out for the day knows that things aren't cheap. For the four of us the cost was about £20. Plus another £8 for the dungeon tour. Speaking of the dungeon tour - if you fancy this, and you're going during a busy time - such as a school holiday, get your tour booked when you enter - the tours run every hour; with 15 people being allowed on each tour.

Finally, should you fancy taking a holiday in this area, you can find holiday cottages and parks near Norwich Castle below.


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Barley Cottage, Horsford
Name: Barley Cottage
Code: W40837
Sleeps:2
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Name: Blackberry
Code: 19263
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Code: W40835
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Sleeps:2
Accommodation type: cottage
Area:
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