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TripAdvisor names Dereham a top UK ‘hidden gem’ holiday destination

PUBLISHED: 11:24 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 16:41 19 July 2018

Music lovers enjoying the Dereham Blues Festival. Picture: Ian Burt

Music lovers enjoying the Dereham Blues Festival. Picture: Ian Burt

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From the stunning coastline and the Norfolk Broads, to the heart of Norwich city centre, our county is often thought of as a well-kept secret.

The Mid Norfolk Railway is based in Dereham. The line could provide transport links to the new town. Picture: Ian BurtThe Mid Norfolk Railway is based in Dereham. The line could provide transport links to the new town. Picture: Ian Burt

And now a mid Norfolk market town has been named as one of the UK’s top-rated destinations for a summer holiday.

Dereham was described as a “hidden gem” in data published by rentals site Holiday Lettings, part of TripAdvisor.

And the company ranked Dereham second on the list of the ten best hidden gem summer holidays in the UK.

The town, which received an average rental review score of 4.9 out of five, was beaten to the top spot by Thirsk, in Yorkshire.

Dereham has a weekly market. Picture: Ian BurtDereham has a weekly market. Picture: Ian Burt

Areas in Northern Ireland, Cornwall, and Lincolnshire made up the remainder of the top five.

In a blog on the Holiday Lettings site, Dereham is described as “picturesque” and a “charming summer holiday idea”.

The blog also mentions some of the highlights of the town, including the weekly market; the flint stone church of St Nicholas’; the history and archeology museum; and the town’s oldest building, Bishop Bonner’s Cottage, which is described as “well worth a view”.

The site also notes the range of activities for visitors who want to explore further afield.

Dereham's historic Market Place. Photp: Gordon OlleyDereham's historic Market Place. Photp: Gordon Olley

The blog, published on Thursday, July 12, added: “Visitors can catch a steam train and puff along the Mid Norfolk Railway or take the car out to visit the gorgeous Norfolk coast with its pretty towns and shoreline.

“The vibrant city of Norwich is around 15 miles away.”

Laurel Greatrix, a spokesperson for Holiday Lettings, also described Dereham as “great value” for holiday rentals.

Read more: Ten things to do in Dereham, mid Norfolk’s ‘hidden gem’

The oldest building in Dereham is Bishop Bonner's Cottage. Picture: Matthew UsherThe oldest building in Dereham is Bishop Bonner's Cottage. Picture: Matthew Usher

Dereham resident and carnival volunteer, Justin Dack, said: “I think Dereham has really turned a corner in the last few years with its community events and general community spirit.”

Mr Dack, 44, added: “I would absolutely encourage people to visit and also get involved in local community events.”

Dereham mayor Hilary Bushell added that she would welcome anyone to visit Dereham.

She added: “We’ve got so much heritage here, we’re steeped in history, we’ve got lovely countryside walks and beautiful wildlife areas.

A view of St Nicholas' Church in Dereham. Photo: Martin GeorgeA view of St Nicholas' Church in Dereham. Photo: Martin George

“And of course it’s a lovely, welcoming little town - and it helps that we’ve also got free parking.”

The outside of Bishop Bonner's Cottage. Picture: Matthew UsherThe outside of Bishop Bonner's Cottage. Picture: Matthew Usher

The Dereham town sign covered in snow. Photo: Adam LazzariThe Dereham town sign covered in snow. Photo: Adam Lazzari

Fans watching the England game against Panama in The Railway Tavern in Dereham. Picture: Ian BurtFans watching the England game against Panama in The Railway Tavern in Dereham. Picture: Ian Burt

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