10 free things to do within walking distance of Norwich rail station

Thursday, 14 December 2017
Days Out

Whether you’re discovering a new city, or simply being a tourist on your home turf, here are some ideas on how to get the most out of your visit to Norwich without breaking the bank…

  1. See Norwich in 90 minutes and join a free guided walk around the fine city. The new tours entitled Words and Wanderings and Passages Through the Past will uncover places, people and stories throughout Norfolk history. The free tours taking place during English Tourism Week are Words and Wanderings, Saturday 25 March at 11am and Wednesday 29 March at 2pm and Passages Through the Past Friday 31 March at 11am and Saturday 1st April at 11am. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance by calling 01603 213999. See www.thenorwichshop.co.uk.
  2. Explore Country & Eastern on Bethel Street, an intriguing building which was formerly a Victorian Skating Rink. It’s now home to art displays and treasures from the Far East, which are on permanent display
  3. Discover Marble Hall in Surrey House. Boasting 15 different types of marble, it was designed by local architect George Skipper and commissioned by the Norwich Union Life Insurance Society’s directors. Although it’s still a working building, free tours can be booked by calling 01603 681062
  4. Take a stroll along the Riverside Walk into Cathedral Close at Norwich Cathedral followed by a free tour of the cathedral. Tours are available Monday to Saturday every hour between 11.00am and 3.00pm and last around an hour
    Norwich Cathedral interior Image credit: Visit Norwich
  5. Visit The Forum where there is a wealth of free activities for families including crafts, local exhibitions and a treasure hunt. People can also visit the Who do you think you are? Exhibition and try and trace their family history
  6. The annual Norfolk & Norwich Festival is hosting free events including the Garden Party in Chapelfield Gardens on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May
  7. Upgrade your rail travel to include Plus Bus and hop on First Bus service 25, which stops directly outside the station. Travel to the Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts which offers free entry to permanent collections, and the beautiful park area to explore and see the sculptures
  8. See some local talent at East Gallery NUA which offers free entry to exhibitions
  9. Walk along the medieval cobbles Elm Hill and soak up the architecture
    Medieval architechture Image credit: VisitNorwich
  10. If you fancy a bit of a hike, turn to the Wherryman’s Way or the Boudicca Way where you can enjoy a long walk through the Norfolk countryside


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