The jewel in Norfolk’s crown and gateway to the Waveney Valley.
The history of this lovely market town can be traced back to the Domesday Book. Nestled within the beautiful Waveney Valley, the town is home to the Mere, one of the deepest natural inland lakes in the country.
Diss has been named one of the healthiest places to live in Norfolk – only one of a handful of towns awarded Cittaslow (literally slow city) status. The aim of Cittaslow is to improve the quality of life for its residents and visitors, by resisting the day-to-day hustle and bustle of modern times encouraging people to take time over enjoyable aspects of life, including food.
The town itself boasts almost everything one could possible want. There is an eclectic selection of medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings, whilst the Mere Park offers the perfect place to relax, unwind and enjoy nature at its best.
For a distinctive shopping experience, why not visit Diss Auction House or Farmers’ Market. The town is also home to the Diss Cornhall, offering an exciting cultural mix of theatre, film, music, comedy and dance. For an insightful view into the town’s history, visit Diss Museum, packed with local photographs and artifacts that tell the stories of year’s gone by and the lives of local people.
Poet Laureate John Skelton (1460-1529) was born in Diss, and became rector of St Mary’s church in 1504. Skelton’s poetry is famous for its short lines which became known as Skeltonic Verse. W.H. Auden and Robert Graves were both admirers of his work.
The Doomsday Book records the name of the town as Disce, the Saxon word for a pool of standing water. The origin of the Mere has been a subject of considerable speculation. It was once considered to be bottomless, and rather fancifully, to have been formed in the crater of an extinct volcano.