Only eleven miles outside of Norwich, this beautiful market town is packed full of history – in fact, the site where Wymondham stands shows evidence of occupation from the earliest period of human settlement in Norfolk.
Home to the magnificent Wymondham Abbey, which was founded in 1107 as a Benedictine monastery, the current vicar, Rev Catherine Relf-Pennington, is the first female vicar of the site. Wymondham was also home to one of MI6s radio security service direction finding stations during the Second World War and is the current home to the Norfolk Constabularies HQ – better be on your best behaviour when you visit!
What to see and do
The town is perhaps most well-known for its impressive Abbey, making a visit here a must. With twin towers which can be seen for miles around, its picturesque location makes it a wonderful place for a walk. Inside (check the Abbey website for opening times) you’ll find displays of original artefacts and a spectacular gilded screen dedicated to the fallen in the First World War.
As a thriving market town, a local market is held every Friday around the Market Square, and a traditional Farmer’s Market is held on the third Saturday of every month, where you’ll find plenty of fabulous local produce.
A short drive away from Wymondham’s centre is the Lotus Driving Academy – if you’re a petrolhead this may be of particular interest! Spend a day (or three!) at their track driving experiences, designed to thrill and excite.
If, like us, you feel that a day out is only ever improved with the addition of an afternoon tea, head to Mad Hatters Tea Shop. As the name suggests, this quaint and quirky tea shop is themed around Alice in Wonderland, with vintage crockery and
a range of ‘oddments’ on display. Specialising in homemade cakes, scones and sausage rolls, this is just the place for
a reviving cuppa.
Narrowly escaping the great fire of 1615, the Green Dragon has truly stood the test of time. This traditional pub boasts lots of period features, a cosy log fire to warm up next to, and with an ever-changing carousel of ales, it’s a perfect stop for a tipple or two to end your trip.
Number 10 The Abbey
These luxury serviced apartments have a different take on the traditional stay of a regular hotel. The flexible, warm and luxurious accommodation has all of the regular amenities you would expect to find as well as your own fully fitted kitchen, so you can breakfast in bed or enjoy a leisurely lunch whenever you like. Concierge desk is available to guests Monday-Sunday 08:30-16:30, although it is worth noting that there is an out of hours number for all services and requirements, making this the perfect location to explore the area.