Visit us

The Sainsbury Centre lies in the beautiful parkland campus of the University of East Anglia, south west of the historic city of Norwich. We welcome families, school and student groups and solo visitors to come and visit us for a friendly, fun art experience

Find us
University of East Anglia,
Norfolk Road,
Norwich NR4 7TJ
Box office Monday – Friday 9am-5pm
T: 01603 593199

Car park
Open car parking map for directions

Opening times
Tuesday – Friday 9am-6pm (exhibitions 10am-6pm)
Saturday – Sunday 10am-5pm (exhibitions 10am-5pm)
Closed Mondays, including bank holidays

Free admission – some
exhibitions and events will
be charged separately


The Sainsbury Centre lies in the beautiful parkland campus of the University of East Anglia, south west of the historic city of Norwich. We welcome families, school and student groups and solo visitors to come and visit us for a friendly, fun art experience

Getting here

Sainsbury Centre, University of East Anglia, Norwich, Norfolk, NR4 7TJ

Ride – Bus routes 25 and 26 run from Norwich Train Station and reach the Sainsbury Centre via Norwich City.

Park & Ride – Bus 511 from Costessey Park & Ride Monday- Friday.  Please note, the bus does not run on Maundy Thursday or Easter Tuesday.

Cycle – The Sainsbury Centre and UEA provide secure bike racks within walking distance of our building.

Drive – The Sainsbury Centre has limited first come, first serve free parking spaces outside the building. You will need to obtain a permit from our information desk. The UEA also offers alternative
pay and display parking –

Click the map to see a bigger version


Parking map Sainsbury Centre

Parking map Sainsbury Centre



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Admission information

Free Entry

Entry to the Sainsbury Centre is free for everyone with a charge for our special exhibitions. A wide range of ticket concessions are available and our Sainsbury Centre members enter free.

Opening Times

Sainsbury Centre Galleries:

Tuesday – Friday: 10am-6pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am-5pm
Closed on Mondays, including bank holiday Mondays

Modern Life Café:

Monday – Friday: 9am-6pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am-5pm

Kofra at Sainsbury Centre:

Tuesday – Friday: 9am-5pm
Saturday – Sunday: 10am-4pm
Closed on Mondays, including bank holiday Mondays
Last orders taken 15 minutes before closing time

Concessionary admission

The Sainsbury Centre offers a full range of concessionary prices, details of which can be found on the exhibitions pages. Ticket-holders who are unable to independently navigate through the galleries may bring one companion with them free.

All exhibitions are free for children under 5. Any Sainsbury Centre Member can bring in 2 children under 16 for free.


Contact: 01603 593199

Box office open Monday – Friday 9am-5pm


The Sainsbury Centre is accessible to disabled visitors including those with limited mobility and those accompanying them, with the exception of the Mezzanine Gallery. 

The Sainsbury Centre is a Grade II* Listed building. Due to restrictions placed on the centre by Norfolk Fire and Rescue Service we regret we are unable to permit any person access to the Mezzanine Gallery who is unable to independently navigate the steep spiral staircase in the event of an evacuation. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Accessible car parking

Four disabled parking spaces are located within a short walk of the building.

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters

Manual wheelchairs can be borrowed from museum information desks on the day of your visit. Class 2 powered wheelchairs and powered mobility scooters are welcome in the building, however due to space restrictions we cannot accommodate Class 3 vehicles.

Can I bring my dog?

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs wearing appropriate tabards are permitted in all galleries. For more information, ask a member of staff – water bowls are available outside our main entrance and Kofra. Non-assistance dogs are not allowed inside the building but we do have outdoor seating at Kofra.

Blind and visually impaired visitors

  • Large print guides

The Sainsbury Centre produces large print guides for all special exhibitions – please ask at our information desk for a copy. These are also available in a digital format on the dedicated exhibitions pages on our website.

  • Audio described tours
  • A selection of our volunteers are trained to deliver VocalEyes audio described tours of our collections – please contact us if you wish to arrange an audio described visit.

Do you have an induction loop?

No, but we are reviewing all areas of accessibility within the Centre

There are two lifts:

  • A platform lift at Gallery Reception to access the lower galleries, 1, 2 and 3
  • A service lift to access the west Mezzanine Gallery

The platform lift capacity allows up to 2 wheelchairs with occupants and two accompanying people/carers. The lift opening is 110cm wide.

The Service lift allows one small manual wheelchair only.

Wheelchair access to the Mezzanine Gallery

Please note: Visitors to the Mezzanine Gallery must be able to independently navigate the spiral staircase in the case of an emergency. Further information on Fire Safety



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Family visits

We provide a wide range of everyday activities for families at the Sainsbury Centre, as well as a busy programme of daily, weekend and holiday workshops and events.

There are also baby-changing facilities at the centre as well as cloakrooms where buggies can be left for the duration of your visit.


Buggies and pushchairs 

Buggies are welcome and usable throughout the building – with lifts to access the lower galleries 1, 2 and 3 and west mezzanine

Baby changing areas
Baby changing facilities are located in the toilets near the Modern Life Café

Baby and toddler feeding

We are breastfeeding friendly and can provide hot water to warm baby milk/food

Drinking water

Drinking water is freely available from either of the two cafés



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Group visits

Groups of nine or more are required to book in their visit in advance and will receive a concessionary admission rate to our special exhibitions. Guided tours of our exhibitions can be booked at an added cost.


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School visits

Groups of all ages are welcome to visit the centre to see the collections and exhibitions. Visits can be tailored to suit the needs of each group. Choose to self-direct your visit, or opt to have artist-led tours and workshops. 

We can easily accommodate groups of up to 60 students. Visits for larger groups may be possible with careful planning.  Use of the special exhibitions, workshops and our lunch space will require large groups to be sub-divided.

Your knowledge of your group of young people will inform adult to student ratios, we recommend a minimum of 1:15 in the galleries and lunch space.  Our dedicated Teachers and Lecturers section can be found here.


Working with Artists

Students can take part in practical creative sessions with our team of local artist-educators. Explore our Flickr page to get an idea of our activity. 

Artist-led tours

These are themed sessions in the gallery spaces or Sculpture Park in which students are encouraged to look, discuss, draw and make in response to the art on display. The charge is £50 per session for up to 30 students and sessions last for 45 minutes. 

Studio workshops

Our practical creative sessions usually take place in the studio located in the link corridor of the downstairs galleries. These workshops last for 90 minutes and cater for groups of up to 30 students at a time. We tailor each workshop individually and design the session to suit your needs. Workshops are delivered by our team of artist educators and linked to themes in the collections or our exhibitions.  We will be happy to work with you to ensure your students get the most out of the workshop experience. Studio workshops are priced at £180.

We offer a combined price of £210 for an artist-led tour followed by a studio workshop. 


On arrival please head to the Crescent Wing reception area where you will be met by a member of the learning team. You and your students will be able to leave bags and coats in this secure area while visiting the galleries. You will be provided with a UEA card to allow you to access this space.

Please be aware that for the conservation of our artefacts, and the enjoyment of all visitors, we ask groups to adhere to the following simple rules whilst in the galleries:

  • No backpacks or large bags
  • No food or drink
  • No wet or messy art materials – pencils only
  • No touching
  • No flash photography
  • Mobile phones should be on silent

You and your students will be reminded of these restrictions at the start of your visit.

Lunch & cloakrooms

If the weather is fine we recommend making use of the university grounds to eat outside. Our Crescent Wing Reception area is also available to school groups to eat packed lunches.



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Filming and Photography

We permit photography and filming of yourself, friends, family during your visit, as well as displayed objects in most parts of the museum, using hand-held cameras and phones. Please do not touch objects, plinths or cases while taking photographs or film.


We ask that you:

  • Respect the privacy of those around you, including our staff
  • Do not touch, damage, or mark the displayed objects
  • Do not photograph or film any children other than your own, including school groups
  • Be considerate and respectful of our staff and visitors
  • Do not use camera stands, tripods, monopods, easels, external flashes, lighting or microphones
  • Respect conditions of access on the rare occasion that all filming and photography and/or sketching is not permitted within an exhibition
  • Only use footage or pictures for personal use only and not for commercial gain. This includes posting items on a channel where you are gaining financially from advertising.

Social media

We encourage you to share your personal experience of your visit to the Sainsbury Centre. This may include publishing images on social media platforms. Please remember that you are responsible for making sure that any use you and others make of your images or film on those platforms is consistent with the terms and conditions of use set out here. If you do share images and film online please mention the Sainsbury Centre as the source.



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Is there any WiFi?
Yes, you can log on to The Cloud for free WiFi.

Can I take photos in the gallery?
Photographs can be taken in the Sainsbury Centre Collection without flash. Please ask at reception for guidance around our special exhibitions.

Can I bring my dog?
Guide dogs, hearing dogs and assistance dogs wearing appropriate tabards are permitted in all galleries. Non assistance dogs are not allowed in the building but we have outdoor seating at Kofra and water bowls for dogs.


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Eating & drinking

The Modern Life Café is a unique and spectacular restaurant offering a great place to meet friends, study or entertain colleagues over coffee, lunch or afternoon tea with a view over our West End sculpture lawn. Read about the fresh, seasonal, local produce used to create our changing daily menu here.

Situated next to the gallery shop, Kofra serves coffee and teas of the highest calibre. Visitors can take refreshment in the relaxed atmosphere of a vibrant community cafe situated in the very heart of the Sainsbury Centre. We also have outdoor seating at Kofra.



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