Featuring never-before-seen archives and artefacts from Norwich Castle’s 900-year history, this exhibition explores the history of Norwich’s ‘square box on the hill’.

Standing atop the largest man-made mound in the country, Norwich Castle has dominated the city’s skyline since the 12th century. Its story can be seen in a new light in this in-depth exhibition, which is informed by a wealth of new research.

Built as a royal palace, Norwich Castle was a Norman showpiece with lavishly decorated interiors. By the 14th century, it had become the County Gaol; but with the opening of a new prison at the end of the 19th century, the castle’s fate was uncertain – until its conversion into a public museum, which it remains to this day.

The Square Box on the Hill illustrates this rich history through a mixture of prints, models, paintings, architectural plans and memorabilia – and offers a view onto the castle’s future, with plans from the £13.5m Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England project, which will transform the keep back to its original form, also on show.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Castle Hill, Norwich, Norfolk, NR1 3JU

01603 493625


Opening times

2 Jan – 29 Jun, 1 Oct – 31 Dec
Mon – Sat, 10am – 4.30pm
Sun, 1 – 4.30pm

30 Jun – 30 Sept
Mon – Sat, 10am – 5pm
Sun, 1 – 5pm

Closed 1 Jan, 24 – 26 Dec

Free entry with National Art Pass

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