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Living in Diss: The Local Area Guide

If you’re looking for a thriving market town with plenty of natural charm, you’ll love living in Diss. Located in Norfolk, and close to the border of Suffolk, getting in and around the South East of England from here is easy. What’s more, the bustling cities of Norwich and Ipswich aren’t far away either.

Some of the highlights here include the weekly Friday market, the fantastic arts scene - with regular events at Corn Hall, and the charming historic buildings. There’s also a six-acre lake, thought to be one of the deepest in the county. The town is also well connected with London and boasts two modern industrial estates to the east of the town centre.


Demographic data was last collected in the 2011 Census – and revealed statistics that would be expected for a town of Diss’ size. At the time of the census, there were 7,572 residents in the town. Almost three quarters of these were aged between 16-74 and approximately a sixth of residents had retired. The majority of residents owned houses, rather than flats, with 33% of the population living in detached properties, 22% in semi-detached houses, and 22% in terraced houses.

Census data revealed 64.5% of those of working age were in employment of some sort, whether it was full-time, part-time, or self-employment. Diss had a lower rate of unemployment too – with 3.7% unemployed compared to an average of 4.4% in England. Unlike many towns, which tend to have dominant occupations that are worked in, there is a relatively even spread of people working in a variety of occupations in Diss. Categories ranging from Managers, Directors and Senior Officials to Skilled Trades and Caring, Leisure and Other Service Occupations all employed similar numbers of people.


While many factors come into play when choosing a new home, local schools often play a crucial role. The market town of Diss is home to eight primary schools and one secondary school – all of which have a good reputation. The local infant and junior schools include Diss Infant and Nursery School with Children's Centre and Diss Church Junior School. Wortham Primary School is another option - and the only local school rated “outstanding” by Ofsted. Regarding pupils’ performance, the Ofsted report highlighted, “By the end of Year 6, standards are ahead of national results.”

The local secondary school is Diss High School. Ofsted rated the school “good” in its last inspection. Diss High School offers education for pupils aged 11-18. About its sixth form, the Ofsted report said, “The sixth form is good. As a result of consistently good teaching, students make good progress in a well-chosen range of academic and work-related subjects.” A little further afield in Eye, you’ll find Hartismere School. Located less than four miles away, the school is rated “outstanding” by assessors at Ofsted.


The transport options here in Diss are good – with the town well served by both bus and train. Bus services typically run from Diss Bus Station, with Simons and Galloway being two of the major operators. The bus services offer travel between Norwich-Diss, Beccles-Dis, and Ipswich-Diss to name but a few routes. Trains run from the local train station, which is located around a mile and a half out of town. Diss Train Station sits on the main London Liverpool Street – Norwich Line and is served by frequent train services every day of the week.

Other ways to travel in and around Diss are by bike or car. The cycle-friendly town routes make cycling a viable option whilst the cheap and free parking options are useful for drivers. For overseas travel head to Norwich International Airport, located around an hour away, or to Stansted Airport for a more comprehensive flight schedule.

Amenities and shopping

Whether you’re looking for everyday groceries, local produce, or somewhere nice to eat, Diss boasts a wide range of amenities. For your weekly shop you’ll have a choice of supermarkets to choose from, including Tesco, Morrisons and Aldi. Other amenities here include coffee shops, banks, a post office and barbershop – all of which sit in the heart of the town. There’s also a weekly market, which operates every Friday.

If it’s big brand shopping you’re after, head to one of the nearby cities or towns. Thetford, Norwich and Ipswich are some of the best local places for shopping – boasting many of your high street favourites. Queen Street, in Ipswich, is home to national and independent chains, whilst Buttermarket Centre and Sailmakers are two popular shopping centres that house all of the well-known high street shops.

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