Diss is a town next to a large lake in the River Waveney valley at the southern edge of Norfolk, almost on the border with Suffolk.
It is a picturesque town, and there is much to enjoy in Diss including a number of interesting historical buildings. The centre of the town is based around the Market Place and the Church of Saint Mary (13th-15th century but with substantial Victorian modifications), which dominates the skyline.
There is a wide range of architectural styles to enjoy, with the 18th-19th century houses contrasting with earlier Tudor buildings, such as the 16th century Dolphin House, and many medieval houses in the narrow streets around the church. Be sure to also explore the courtyard shopping areas in the centre of Diss, with a good selection of local specialist shops and cafes, or perhaps to visit on a Friday and enjoy the weekly market.
Being next to a lake, Diss is especially known for its parkland and chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of many towns, and a relaxing stroll around the lake is an essential part of your visit. There is also a small museum in Diss that explains the history of the town.
Close to Diss, the Suffolk Wildlife Trust run the Redgrave and Lopham Fen, a nature reserve with several waymarked trails that enable visitors to explore this unique natural environment. An alternative way to enjoy the setting, especially popular with childre, is to visit Banham Zoo.
Map of Diss and places to visit
Diss places to visit
See more places nearby in the Norfolk guide