The Local Area
Damgate Cottage is centrally situated on one of the oldest streets of Wymondham with riverside, and countryside walks, shops and market place all just a short stroll away. The closest supermarket is 2 minutes walk away with a great selection of pubs and eateries in the town centre to tempt your taste buds. At the rear of the property the Market Street car park provides ample pay and display parking (first hour free, 3 all day), whilst free all day parking is available further along Damgate Street, available on a first come first served basis.
The popular historic market town of Wymondham (pronounced wind'um) is a great holiday destination complete with its own iconic twin towered Abbey church and ruined monastery. In the town centre the historic market cross (rebuilt after the great fire of Wymondham in 1615), now housing the tourist information office has guarded the market place for the last 4 centuries. The Wymondham Bridewell, a former gaol and police station houses the towns museum whilst Beckett's Chapel (housing the arts centre) and the lovely railway station is also well worth a visit (from here you can catch the train to Norwich or Cambridge and beyond. For the train enthusiasts steam trains run regularly to the popular town of East Dereham from Wymondham Halt platform in Becketswell Road throughout the summer and festive seasons.
Just nine miles to the North, the fine historic city of Norwich is a shopping mecca with a wealth of historic streets, fine architecture and iconic buildings. Visit our famous Cathedral with Gothic spire, and take a stroll through the delightful cathedral close to the riverside walk. See the remains of the old flint city wall, Pulls Ferry, Adam and Eve pub, ancient Great Hospital and amble down Elm Hill or climb the mound to Norwich's Norman Castle (now a museum). Why not hit the shops with choice of two superb malls; Castle Mall & Chapelfield, busy shopping streets and colourful market place surrounded by the Guildhall, City Hall, Millennium library (with tourist information) and St Peter Mancroft church. It is likened that Norwich once had a church for every week of the year and a pub for every day!
Further afield you can hire a boat on the Norfolk Broads, visit the coast at Great Yarmouth or for another great day out see North Norfolk coastal towns of Cromer and Sheringham, from here drive or take the coast hopper busses with stops at Cley, Blakeney, Wells and Burnham Market. For the ornithologists RSPB reserves at Titchwell and Pennesthorpe (home of BBC Spring watch) are great for wildlife. Explore the Castles at Castle Acre and Castle Rising or go on a pilgrimage to Little Walsingham.
Alternatively head south, crossing the Suffolk border to see Southwold, Walberswick, Dunwich and Aldeburgh. You could tour Sutton Hoo, visit Constable country at Dedham vale or take in some of the lovely streets at Lavenham and Long Melford.
A great selection of historic halls and country estates including Blickling, Felbrigg, Holkham, Oxburgh and Ickworth make for a good day out as do the gardens and steam museum of Bressingham or Rural Life Museum at Gressenhall.
You'll want to come back again and again to see all that Norfolk and North Suffolk has to offer and Damgate Cottage in Wymondham is the ideal base for your tour.