Things to do near Diss, Norfolk
Prickwillows Bed and Breakfast is a great starting point for exploring Norfolk and Suffolk!
Whether you enjoy the peace and tranquility of the countryside or the buzz of the city of Norwich, you’re sure to be well occupied! We’re also just 10 minutes from Snetterton Race Track.
Close to Prickwillows Bed and Breakfast is the historic market town of Diss, which has plenty of quirky attractions. Visit the museum, located in the historic Shambles in the marketplace, and relax by the tranquil Diss Mere. The recently renovated Corn Hall has a busy programme of concerts, plays and films.
Slightly further afield is the bustling city of Norwich with its two Cathedrals, castle, busy market and medieval alleyways.
A visit to Bury St Edmunds also makes a great day out. The home of the Greene King Brewery, it also has a historic abbey and gardens and small streets full of specialist shops. The Theatre Royal has a great range of quality drama productions.
Bressingham steam museum and gardens is just down the road, and a great place to gain inspiration for your own garden. Established by Alan Bloom MBE at Bressingham Hall, the site is home to renowned plant collections. You can also ride on the many narrow gauge railways which run through the grounds. Finish off your visit with a cream tea in the cafe!
To continue the horticultural theme, Peter Beales’ rose nursery is also nearby. A world leader in classic roses, a visit to Peter Beales is a must for any gardening enthusiast. Gain inspiration whilst wandering through three acres of rose gardens, and buy award winning roses at the shop.
There’s also great countryside to explore, with lovely walks from Prickwillows through the surrounding countryside, including to Redgrave and Lopham Fen- the largest remaining area of river valley fen in England. The long distance path – the Peddar’s Way is also nearby.
For those who would like a bit of excitement, Snetterton racing track is a short drive away; an ideal day out for all motoring enthusiasts! The next village, East Harling, is also home to St George’s Whisky Distillery, England’s only whisky distillery. Guided tours are available, and visitors can sample the first whisky to be produced in England for over a century.
Also nearby is Thetford. The birthplace of Thomas Payne, Thetford has a hoard of historic artefacts to explore. Admire the Norman earthworks at Castle Hill, explore the priory ruins and meander down the narrow lanes around Nun’s Bridges. Meanwhile Thetford Forest has miles of pine woodland to walk or cycle through, a visitor centre and the Go Ape treetop experience awaiting you!
Banham Zoo: A ten minute drive away from Prickwillows, this 25 acre zoo is home to almost 1000 animals, from monkeys to leopards
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