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Bungay guide

A market town with scenic walking, good shopping and historic buildings

Check out our handy ‘know before you go’ guide to make your visit a huge success! 

The market town of Bungay has been the focus of this part of the Suffolk countryside since the Anglo-Saxons called the area home. It’s a town that has so much to recommend: scenic walking, good shopping, historic buildings, and of course the River Waveney that has been the lifeblood of the town over the centuries.

Things to Do in Bungay

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1.  Walk the historical trails

Two official walks are available to take – The Bigod Way Trail and the Town Trail. The Bigod Way Trail is a series of walks all centred on Bigod’s Castle, the remains of a large Normal castle dating back to 1165 that nestles in the centre of Bungay. The Town Trail includes most of Bungay's historic buildings and churches along with the River Waveney. The route is ideal for visitors to the town and offers you the chance to explore the 'old world charm' of Bungay.

2. Visit the theatre

The Fisher Theatre, built relatively recently in the nineteenth century, is one of the oldest provincial theatres in the UK, but still acts as a hub for social events such as films, plays, exhibitions and other gatherings. Bungay is a town with a strong literary tradition, modern writers such as Elizabeth Jane Howard and Louis de Bernières have lived in the town as well as classic novelist H. Rider Haggard. It’s also home to 'Clays' – established in 1795 – one of the largest printworks in the country, and the reason why Harry Potter first saw the light of day in this quiet corner of Suffolk!

Bungay Fisher Theatre - credit Waveney District Council

3. Browse the independent shops

Plenty of independent local stores to browse, selling everything from arts and antiques to cutting edge fashion and stylish jewellery. And of course, being a Suffolk Coast town there are some wonderful places to eat and drink.

4. Hunt for the mysterious Black Shuck

Visit St Mary’s Church whose large tower dominates the skyline. This redundant church is the site of one of East Anglia’s most enduring legends – that of Black Shuck, the devil dog!


5.    Enjoy Bungay's wonderful artisan food and drink producers

Flint Vineyard is one of England's most exciting new wineries. Winemaker, Ben Witchell, combines cutting-edge technology with traditional wine making techniques to produce elegant and refined English wines. Not only can you enjoy drinking this delicious wine but you can experience the whole process from vine to bottle on one of their brilliant wine tours!

Fen Farm Dairy makes the most delicious, beautiful handcrafted raw dairy products, made on the farm from the milk of the herd of happy Montbeliarde cows.

The home of Baron Bigod Cheese, nestled in the elbow of the beautiful Waveney River Valley! Pop in any day of the week and fill up a bottle of their delicious raw milk from the vending machine! 

You can also get your taste buds into the beautiful selection of raw dairy products, including raw cream, buttermilk, Baron Bigod Cheese, free range eggs and their raw cultured butter, which is made to an unusual 300 year old recipe!

Useful Information

Public Toilets and Baby Changing Facilities

Cross Street, NR34 1AU

Honeypot Meadow, NR35 1BT

Priory Lane, NR35 1DB - Disabled toilet

Please note, there are no public baby change facilities in Bungay

Visitor Information Points (VIPs) are located at:

Bungay Library, Wharton Street, Bungay, Suffolk NR35 1EL

Useful Links

Visit My Bungay - www.bungay-suffolk.co.uk for lots more useful information about this lovely town!

How to get to Bungay - Public Transport

By Bus:

Local services run to Beccles, Norwich and Diss with onward connections.

Timetables and further information can be found at www.suffolkonboard.com

By Train:

The nearest train stations are located at Beccles (15 minute journey by car or taxi from station) and Diss (25 minute journey by car or taxi). The mainline from London Liverpool Street to Ipswich and Norwich passes through Diss. 

Abellio Greater Anglia operates frequent train services . There are many great value fares available such as Advance tickets which start from Just £9 one way (available on certain routes), and Groupsave where 3 to 9 adults save 1/3 off the Off-Peak Return train fare.  Anglia Plus day rover tickets are also available where you can have unlimited travel within certain zones.  Perfect for exploring the beautiful Suffolk coast.

All train tickets can be purchased via the Greater Anglia Website or the app.

How to get to Bungay - By Car

From Norwich, take the A146 then the B1332

From Ipswich, take the A12 and then the A144 through Halesworth to Bungay

From Lowestoft, follow the A146 and then take the A143.

Travel Information & News

For the latest travel information listen to or visit BBC Radio Suffolk 

For local news, visit the East Anglian Daily Times of Eastern Daily Press websites.