Bungay is a well-known market town which boasts great shopping, an independent theatre, stunning walks and one of its main attractions is its vast history which dates back to Anglo-Saxon times.
The Bigod family were rewarded land by William the Conqueror for assisting him in 1066. It was here in Bungay that Hugh Bigod, the first Earl of Norfolk, chose as a place for his castle in 1173. The castle was subsequently restored by Roger Bigod towards the end of the 13th century. When looking at the castle remains today, you’ll see what’s left of the two towers of the original gatehouse and the castle walls. In more recent years a visitors centre was opened with café and gift shop with further information on the castle’s history on display.
Bungay town is certainly flourishing with many shops including boutiques, antiques, museum, gift shops and eateries. The Fisher Theatre is another draw for visitors and locals alike. This nineteenth century theatre is one of the oldest provincial theatres in the United Kingdom. Here you can enjoy a broad range of programmes and events – some areas are even licensed for weddings!
As expected with the Waveney Valley area, Bungay has a great mixture of walking and cycling routes – for the more experienced rambler try the Bigod’s Way (approximately 10 miles). This charming route will take you through many areas of outstanding natural beauty, with the castle being the beginning focal point.