The Town of Diss in Norfolk

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A visitors guide to the old Market Town of Diss in Norfolk, 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 1300s.

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 entertainment facilities. 

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.

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