Norwich Castle – A Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons Exhibition

During half term, we were invited along to an event not far from where we live, which was a novelty in itself. Norwich Castle is currently hosting an exhibition called `A Viking’s Guide to Deadly Dragons’ inspired by Cressida Cowell’s book How To Train Your Dragon. The exhibition has been created by Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books.

deadly dragons at Norwich Castle

Cressida Cowells illustrations

Featuring Cressida’s original illustrations, the exhibition gives visitors the chance to get up close to the author’s notebooks and watch filmed interviews. There are opportunities for creative play, dressing as a Viking, visiting the Hooligan village and Wild Dragon Cave.

deadly dragon wall at Norwich castle exhibition

We took Eowyn, Kaide and Neva as the recommended age for the exhibition is 7-12, however they all agreed that all of the other children would like it for different reasons.

The children enjoyed dressing up, and having pretend battles.

Kaide dressed as a dragon


It is well set out, with lots of space to move around, we were there before opening time, so it was very quiet, but it appears that everyone will still be able to get a good look at all of the displays on the wall and watch the videos.

Kaide and Neva having a battle

In the last room of the exhibition there is a lovely seating area with all of the books to browse and it is set up for school visits to learn about the Vikings, but also a large emphasis on literacy.

The exhibition will be at the Castle until 30th May, so plenty of time to visit

The cost of an adult admission is £8.35, child £6.25, you can get a family ticket with 1 adult and all children for £17.50 or two adults and all children £23.50, and yes I did check and it does mean ALL children that live at your address, so I think you will agree for a larger than average family, this is an amazingly good value day out, however it gets even better, but that is being saved for the next post, stop by soon and find out more. If you are not local to the castle and just here on holiday, there are various websites that offer discount vouchers to be used on Days Out.

Norwich Castle have visiting exhibitions, click through to find out about Deadly Dragons and all things how to train a dragon.



  1. March 19, 2016 / 6:27 pm

    This looks awesome! I can’t wait for our little man to be old enough to start visiting castles and having adventures! Fab post! X

  2. March 19, 2016 / 6:50 pm

    What great photos 🙂 Looks like you all had a great time! My girls would love it in a place like that

  3. Hannah Wood
    March 19, 2016 / 8:04 pm

    Oh this looks good reminds me a little of yorvik one.

  4. March 19, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    This looks so great – we love castles and have a gorgeous one in our town. Pickle loves dragons, we would love to visit one day. Kaz x

  5. March 19, 2016 / 9:48 pm

    Sounds like you had a really fun day out, I used to love trips out like this when I was a kid x

  6. March 19, 2016 / 11:55 pm

    Ahh this sounds amazing – what an awesome exhibition and a fun day out! x

  7. March 20, 2016 / 9:54 am

    This sounds like a wonderful day out , my niece would love it she is dragon obsessed at the moment.

  8. March 20, 2016 / 12:15 pm

    Looks amazing, my little boy would love that exhibition!

  9. March 20, 2016 / 3:22 pm

    This looks great fun. I love events like this as the kids enjoy it so much they don’t realise they are learning at the same time.

  10. March 21, 2016 / 9:28 am

    What a great set of activities to do with the children, and very education, even if they don’t think it!

  11. nicol
    March 21, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    what a fab day out! getting to dress up is always the best thing to do 😀

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