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Free Things to Do in Norwich

There’s so much to look forward to when you visit Norwich, whether you've booked a break to spend time with family or have a catch up with friends, here are a few ideas of places to visit that are either free or affordable:

Country and Eastern - South Asia Collection

The South Asia Collection is housed in a restored Victorian roller skating rink in the centre of Norwich, only a hundred metres from the market place. The building is a Grade II listed architectural gem.

A collection of stunning artifacts, art and objects from South Asia along with items you can buy such as rugs, textiles, lamps and more. Really quite unique and worth a visit.

Sainsbury Centre

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is an iconic cultural venue in Norwich with a unique display of art, jewellery, textiles and more. The Sculpture Park, spanning 350 acres of land and featuring artistic sculptures is a great way to enjoy the outdoors and appreciate art. This venue suits both art lovers and families. The permanent collection and the Sculpture Park are free to see!

For fans of film, you may have seen this unique building appear in the Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Spider-Man: Homecoming.

Norwich Market

Norwich is home to one of the best outdoor markets in the country with a whole host of stalls serving up food from a range of cuisines including Italian, Chinese, Thai, Indian, Japanese and much more. A great way to try different food at an affordable cost. There are also butchers, cheese counters, bakeries and stalls offering retro and vintage clothing… and much more. Open all 6 days a week.

Norwich Cathedral

A great way to spend a day in Norwich is to explore the city’s two beautiful Cathedrals. Norwich Cathedral is situated in the charming Cathedral Quarter, filled with cobbled streets and independent cafes and shops. As the most complete Norman Cathedral in England with the biggest monastic Cloisters in the country, there’s plenty to see – which you can do by yourself or on a free guided tour.

Secret Gardens

If you enjoy a wintery walk, we recommend the Victorian Plantation Gardens for a stroll. A 3 acre garden established over 100 years ago in an abandoned chalk quarry, 600 yards from the city centre. Huge gothic fountain, flower beds, lawns, Italianate terrace, ‘Medieval’ terrace wall and woodland walkways.

The garden is heavily wooded and provides a habitat for wildlife, making it a haven of peace and tranquillity and a glimpse into a bygone age.

Also called the Secret Garden, it’s easy to find, beside the Roman Catholic Cathedral on Earlham Road.

Donation of £2 is requested for entry. Paid parking available, however easy walk from main car parks.

We hope you find our suggestions helpful and would love to hear of places you have enjoyed visiting.

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