The Town of Diss in Norfolk
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
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
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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