Free and cheap things to do in Norwich

Discover Norwich this Summer

We’ve got a lot of catching up to do. After months of staying in, summer is the best reason to start heading out whether you’re a family, on your own, or catching up (socially distanced style) with friends. But heading out can also be expensive. Here’s our list of places to visit and things to do that are FREE or reasonably priced so they won’t break the bank.


But before you go … don’t forget most attractions, restaurants and bars require you to book ahead as there is reduced capacity to ensure you’re as safe as possible. Take a quick look at our pre-visit FAQs or VisitEngland’s safety campaign Know Before You Go, both of which will give you confidence to explore again safely. Many attractions and places of hospitality also have the safety mark We’re Good To Go showing that they have reached Government safey standards.

Free and Cheap things to do in Norwich this summer

A cheap fish and chip lunch or supper eaten al fresco

This one is easy and relatively cheap. Head into the Norwich Lanes for take-away fish and chips from the even-more-popular-than-ever Grosvenor Fish Bar. With a regular portion of chips for £2 and a battered sausage for £1.50 (see menu here) you’ll be filled to the brim. Although there should be just about enough room for an ice-cream from Norwich Market – just a hop, skip and a jump away.

Picnics in some of Norwich’s most beautiful green spaces (free to visit!)

It’s great to see Norwich’s green spaces being used more than ever – dotted with people catching up with friends and tucking into homemade picnics. Here are some of the best spots and there’s room for everyone: Chapelfield Gardens, Castle Green, or Norwich Cathedral grounds. These spots are tranquil and offer loads of space to have a run around.

Credit ETT Photography

Credit ETT Photography, Chapelfield Gardens

£2 entry to Norwich’s Secret Garden … ssshhh

Plantation Garden is still somewhere many locals long to go to but never quite get round to. So, now’s the time. For a modest entry fee of £2 (they only take cash though, so remember your coins!) you can spend some wonderful hours enjoying the lush planting and beautiful lawn.

Over 250 acres of countryside 2 miles from Norwich – it’s another world!

Head over to Whitlingham Country Park to be at one with nature. Enjoy miles of walks and cycle routes, riverbanks and plenty of space to let off steam. You only have to pay for parking.

Free to roam riverside outdoor space, sculpture and Picasso

The Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts and the Sculpture Park is a day out. Enjoy acres of clean, green space and the riverside – there’s plenty of room for a picnic. Plus lots of sculptures to admire including works by Antony Gormley, Thomas Moore and Elizabeth Frink. Head inside to the permanent collection of works from artists such as Picasso, Degas, Giacometti and Bacon. And if those names mean nothing to you – don’t worry, just enjoy their beauty and the fact you can wander around for free.

Credit Hannah Hutchins Photography, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

Eat, drink and bowl for £10

During August, Monday through to Wednesday at Bowling House. That’s 2 courses, a voucher for a free game of bowling in the future and a free pint or cocktail for just £10 – sounds amazing! Book here.

Crazy Golf in Heritage surrounds

For £13 a group of 4 can play 18 holes at Eaton Park Crazy Golf or its £4.50 per adult. We’ve done this and can vouch for how much fun it is.

Miles of countryside space and nature off a roundabout in Norwich!

And it’s totally free. Head to where Barn Road meets Barker Street and off you go into Marriott’s Way. It’s 26 miles long if you fancy it but if you don’t it doesn’t matter, go as far as your legs can carry you. Walk or cycle along a disused railway line finding nature, sculpture and art along the way.

Breakfast like its 1999!

Take advantage of the Governments Eat Out to Help Out scheme by booking breakfast in the city. There’s something about going out for breakfast that seems very indulgent. We like indulgent. With £10 off you could eat like a king for around £7-£10 per person. Enjoy a great meal whilst supporting business. We love this.

Playhouse Bar on stage – be the star of the show!

Open from Thursdays to Saturdays from 3pm until 11pm, Norwich Playhouse looks a bit different at the moment, sporting a bar on its theatre stage! Serving a full normal bar menu, why not hit the stage in a very different way?

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Looking to stay in Norwich or further afield?

Check out the amazing accommodation options across Norwich and Norfolk. Why not check out our city map (below) for more ideas on where to eat, drink, visit, and explore.

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