The old Market Town of Diss in Norfolk is situated on
the northern banks of the River Waveney on the Norfolk -
Suffolk border. Its a town full of a mixture of
Tudor, Georgian and Victorian buildings all jumbled
amongst each other. A maze of attractive streets
fan out from St. Mary's church whose tower dates from
The town boasts one of the oldest open air Markets in
England having been granted the right by King Stephen.
The Friday market is a popular event and is combined
with auctions held in the Auction Rooms in Roydon Road.
Lots include local produce, fine art and antiques with
viewing on the Thursday. A Farmers Market is held in the
town on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Diss has a fine
range of shops with many speciality shops located in
quaint courtyards scattered amongst the thoroughfare.
The pleasure of shopping in the town is further enhanced
by the enjoyment of its fine and interesting
architecture, of note are Hales Yard and Coles Yard. The
town is famous for its six acre Mere, which borders the
town incorporating parkland, play areas and live
The Mere is home to a number of ducks which have become
celebrities in their own right and have their own comic
strip in the local paper called the Mere Quacks.
Diss benefits from a Railway Station which links it to Norwich and Ipswich
30 mins and London 90 mins away.
Housed in the historic Old Shambles building is the
towns award winning museum.
In the town centre is the Corn Hall, built in 1854 by
George Atkins with its impressive classical portico used
for exhibitions and concerts. West from the town is
Bressingham Gardens and Steam Museum.