Wymondham Area Guide
Wymondham in Norfolk is a large market town in south Norfolk, 10 miles south-west of Norwich on the A11 and less than an hour’s drive to the stunning Norfolk and Suffolk coasts. The River Tiffey meets the Bays River at Wymondham and the town is lucky to have two railway stations, one of which is operated by the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust. The mainline station runs regular Greater Anglia services to Norwich and Cambridge. Because connections to London are straightforward from Norwich, Wymondham is now considered a commuter town for major towns and cities in Norfolk and parts of Suffolk. Bus services regularly run to and from Hethersett, Attleborough and Norwich. A maintained cycle path along the B1172 links Wymondham to Hethersett and Norwich.
Wymondham is said to have evidence of settlements dating back to the Bronze Age and is home to many historic places of interest including Wymondham Abbey, Kimberley Hall, the heritage museum and the unusual timber-framed market cross. The heritage museum is on the site of the prison, built in 1785. The cross is a major focal point for the town and now houses the Tourist Information Centre. The Green Dragon Tavern dates back to around 1371 and has been pulling pints and serving locals and visitors alike since then.
Sports and social clubs are very popular with residents, especially the football club with more than 20 teams. Wymondham RFC has been established since 1972 and has both women’s and men’s teams. The bowls club has a long heritage and members include the 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist John Ottaway. Events run throughout the year: Wymondham Music Festival has been a highlight since 1996, and other shows and celebrations include a Midsummer Jazz Picnic, a carnival, theatre events and exhibitions at the Central Hall and groups run by the local library.
The local nature reserve, Toll’s Meadow, is in the south of the town, either side of the River Tiffey and is a designated nature reserve where you can often spot kingfishers, herons, lizards and deer roaming the meadow and woodland.
Wymondham has four state primary schools, a secondary academy and just outside the town, Wymondham College, the largest state boarding school in England.
New houses have been built in the north and the east of town, catering to first-time buyers as well as families and average house prices are around £280,000*.
*November 2021 information