Free Things to Do in Norwich

1 month ago Tue 26th Mar 2024

Norwich is a beautiful city, rich with history, stunning architecture, and greenspace. If you’re looking for free things to do in Norwich, you’ve come to the right place! What’s more, everywhere on this list is accessible via the affordable, convenient, and greener method of bus travel. So hop aboard with Konectbus and let our friendly drivers get you to the city.

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Exhibits and museums

With so much culture and history to Norwich, learning more about the city is a must for both locals and visitors. Fortunately, you can get involved with activities that will enlighten you on Norwich’s past, present, and future, without spending a penny!

The Sainsburys Centre at the University of East Anglia is a spectacular building from the inside out. Featuring as a filming location for several Marvel films, this impressive building contains a variety of exhibits to explore. Get a universal ticket for as much as you’re willing to donate, from free entry to up to £20, and have access to the permanent collection and exhibits. 

For students of UEA, NUA, City College, holders of the Norfolk Museums Pass, and others, you can access the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell. Learn about Norwich going all the way back to the Medieval period and the city’s textile trade, alongside other exhibitions. Free access for Strangers’ Hall also applies to those specified. A beautiful merchant’s house that has been preserved to maintain its domestic history, you can take a step inside and be transported back in time. See the full details for admission to the Museum of Norwich here and Strangers’ Hall here.

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Shot of the rotunda at Eaton park overlooking the pond on a sunny day

Parks and gardens

Norwich has plenty of greenspace to stroll when the sun is out, and you can head to a park without having to stray too far from the city. 

Right at your feet in the city centre is Chapelfield Gardens, the perfect place to take a picnic and enjoy a bit of peace outside of the bustle. Enjoy the view of the bandstand and take the kids to the play area for a run around. You also have the option of snacks from the food stand if you get peckish!

The Plantation Gardens are also a short walk from the centre, providing a tranquil haven that you won’t believe is so close to the city. This green paradise is a Grade II English Heritage garden that has been nestled in Norwich for over a century. Frolic amongst the flowers and feast your eyes on the beautiful fountain, with £2 asked per adult for the honesty box or under 16s with an adult free.

Venture slightly outside of the centre and you will find Waterloo Park, a stunning space with a Children’s Splash Pad too! While you’re there, grab a bite to eat at The Feed Cafe for a snack that gives back to a good cause! If you’re using Konectbus, be aware that there will be a 5-10 minute walk to the park with routes 35 and 501.

Another beautiful park with fantastic features is Eaton Park, a Norwich staple with its fantastic dome overlooking the boat pond. The park also has a cafe, rose garden, skate park, lily pond, and hosts the Parkrun every Saturday. Use Route A to get to this glorious greenspace.    

Get the best view of the city at Mousehold Heath! Venture up to this serene patch of woodland to look over the city landscape in all its glory, and maybe even see some wildlife on the trail. Use routes 11B and the City 5 bus to get you started!

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Shot of the River Wensum on blue skied day

Norwich walks 

Norwich is a fantastic place to just walk around. With so many beautiful areas steeped in history and architectural flair, you can get lost in the beauty of the city on your visit.

Just off of Tombland lies the most famous street of the city, the cobbled beauty known as Elm Hill. Treat yourself to a stroll of this gorgeous street, home to some quaint shops and cafes. You may also recognise it as a filming location for a range of tv and film productions. 

Another popular area of Norwich to wander through is Norwich Cathedral, with its glorious greenspace and jaw-dropping design. Topped with an impressive spire, this makes for a walk that will leave you feeling mesmerised. 

One of Norwich’s most iconic features is the River Wensum, a winding wonder that trails around the city. You can enjoy the riverside walk route and cross the numerous historic bridges and landmarks throughout, including the Cow Tower.

Embark on the Wandering Words walk of the city, by following the trail and scanning the QR at marked locations to hear poems and what inspired the writer’s work, with several locations as of May 2024. Celebrate the City of Literature and download the map online or collect a copy from The Book Hive or Waterstones Norwich. 

Events 

There are some events throughout Norwich that run either weekly or annually that you can get involved with without paying a penny. Annual events include The Science Festival (Now in February), The Norwich & Norfolk Festival in May, The Lord Mayor’s Procession in July, and Norwich Summer Sessions across July and August.

The Forum has free events weekly, including drawing, knitting, Toddlertime, and more! So you can connect with the wider community, pick up a new skill, and socialise! One of Norwich’s city gems, this location also offers exhibitions, fairs, and shows during the year, so check their website to see what’s on. 

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Free things to do for kids

Looking for trails to get the little ones involved with? Chantry Place and Castle Quarter regularly have fun trails, activities, and special guests to meet! Check their websites to see the next one on, and even be in with a chance of winning a prize! 

Head to Norfolk & Norwich Millennium Library at The Forum to pick up some books and let their imaginations run wild. All you need is a library card to unlock a world of possibilities. The Forum also hosts a range of child-friendly activities to get involved in for free, so check their schedule!  

Having a day trip doesn’t have to cost the world, you can enjoy the city for free! And, revel in the affordable, greener travel when you travel with Konectbus.