Norwich Castle is a medieval royal fortification built by the Normans about 900 years ago. It was intended to be a palace and was constructed under the orders of William the Conqueror.
As some of you dear readers know, we are currently in the UK. My husband’s family live in one of the villages near the city of Norwich in Norfolk, England. Norwich is a lovely city always buzzling with shoppers and passers-by. I love that it blends both the modern and the medieval in one place.
A quick exploration will show you cobbled streets lined with Tudor houses, medieval castle and cathedral all within striking distance of trendy malls and restaurants. For this trip, we decided to visit the Norwich Castle. Photo above shows William and Sophie near the entrance to the castle.
This is what you see inside. I was surprised it was totally open. I thought there would be several rooms to see but it’s just one big space with exhibitions all over though you can go up to the balcony for a better view.
If you are familiar with the story of St. George, then you will know about the dragon he slaughtered according to legend. Anyway, this is perhaps a depiction of the dragon that St. George slew. Interestingly, my little boy William actually played the role of St. George last year in their school play. I am sure he was fascinated to see the dragon.
William and Sophie at the balcony level. They kindly posed for their Mom here but wanted me to finish the photo session quickly because they were excited to show me something they found in the second floor. I wonder what that is!!!
This was it!!! The loo or what is otherwise known as toilet! Haha. That made me chuckle. No sense of privacy, eh? I don’t think I will enjoy living in the medieval times even if it was in the castle!! 🙂
What was even more fascinating was seeing the sword of Lord Nelson on display. Lord Nelson (above) is actually a distant relative of my husband on his father’s side. We visited his museum when we came to England in 2015.
Since Norwich Castle wasn’t a massive building at all, one can easily take the tour in one hour and it is definitely an hour well spent. Certainly, it’s a great place to visit when you have kids, too. I am glad that we finally decided to take a peek after many years of visiting Norwich but never attempting to enter in.