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Bungay

Charming market town, set beside a loop of the River Waveney. The castle (now in ruins) was constructed by the Bigod Family in 1165.

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Bungay is a haven for those wanting to explore the more tranquil part of the Southern Broads. The quiet roads, rivers and countryside provide the perfect opportunity to explore by cycling, walking or even canoeing.

Primarily built around the remains of the ancient Norman castle, now with its own visitor centre, the local landscape is dominated by the tower of St Mary’s Church. Walking through the town centre you can’t miss the famous Buttercross, once used as a prison but nowadays home to the weekly market. These and many other sights can be visited by following the Bungay Town Trail.

Theatre and film lovers will love the recently renovated Fisher Theatre in the centre of town. A 19th century building on Broad Street, offering a wide programme of activities and events as well as housing a café offering daily refreshments. A unique shopping experience awaits visitors with a tempting array of individual specialist and antique shops. When you’re ready for a break, you will find plenty of choice in Bungay’s restaurants, cafes and tearooms. The Bungay Real Ale Trail provides a great opportunity to sample a range of local ales, with eight of the original thirty-three 20th Century drinking houses still in operation today. Those who like the taste of the local Ale will also love St Peters Brewery on the outskirts of the town.

A visit to the town would not be complete without investigating thelegend of the famous Black Shuck.