Things to do in Norwich
From pretty parks to quaint buildings and cultural opportunities, there are so many things to see and do in and around Norwich.
Get cultured at the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts
Located on the University of East Anglia campus in Norwich, the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts is a museum and art gallery with two cafes, a charming gift shop and an array of permanent and temporary exhibitions, housed inside one of the most striking modernist buildings in Norwich. Pieces by artists such as Francis Bacon and Henry Moore, as well as artefacts from around the world spanning 5,000 years of human history, make a visit to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Art an immersive, fascinating, and educational experience.
Step back in time at Norwich Cathedral
Situated in central Norwich, just a stone’s throw from the historic Erpingham Gate, the building of Norwich Cathedral was completed in 1145, with stone spires erected later on in 1480. Its breath-taking Norman architecture and stunning cloisters make Norwich Cathedral a sight to behold, and with free admissions a visit makes for an affordable day out for all the family.
Stroll through the Plantation Garden
Situated smack bang in the centre of Norwich, the Plantation Garden, also known as the Secret Garden, is an ambient green space that is ideal for a bit of peace and quiet and the chance to reconnect with nature. A three-acre Grade II listed English Heritage garden in an old chalk quarry, the Plantation Garden offers visitors access to a Victorian-style greenhouse, beautiful flora, a gothic fountain, lawns, a terrace, and woodland walkways. As if that isn’t enough, you may also be in with the chance for a bit of bird spotting, and entry is only £2 per person. If you visit on a Sunday, you can also indulge in tea and cakes on the garden’s impressive lawn.
Bag some bargains at Norwich Market
Sitting on the outskirts of central Norwich’s Castle Quarter, Norwich Market is a sprawling outdoor market made up of around 200 stalls, selling everything from food and flowers to clothes and crafts. Among the oldest outdoor markets in the whole of the UK, Norwich Market was established by the Normans in the 11th century, and today it is open for business between Monday and Saturday every week. If you want to try some local delicacies, grab some fresh fruit and veg at competitive prices, or buy yourself a bouquet, Norwich Market is the place to go.
Catch a show at the Maddermarket Theatre
One of the most important places for culture vultures and arts buffs in central Norwich is the Maddermarket Theatre. A community theatre with a rolling programme of comedy, music, performance, and festive shows, the Maddermarket Theatre produces all of its work in partnership with local community groups, educational bodies and arts organisations. It also hosts an array of educational activities, classes, and specialist projects for the benefit of the local community.