Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum

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Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum

Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum
4.5
Wednesday
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Saturday
1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
About
Housed in a beautiful timber-framed, reed-thatched early C16th cottage, with colourful pargetting. It is the oldest domestic building in the market town of Dereham. It houses displays of Dereham's local history and the archaeology of the surrounding area, in the Breckland region of central Norfolk. The Museum was founded, and is still run, by volunteer members of the Dereham Heritage Trust. We are open from early May to end of September. Wednesday & Saturday - 1.30pm - 4pm Friday - 11am to 2pm. Entrance Fees Adult £2 Child 0 to 16 free - Please check website for details of opening times before visiting.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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4.5
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Colin
2 contributions
Very informative
Oct 2019
Not open all the time, but when it is it is worth visiting. It is run by an historical group who are there to answer questions. If you have any walking disabilities then you cannot go upstairs as it is tight and too small.
Written 7 September 2020
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Barbara P
Nottingham, UK508 contributions
Fascinating
Sep 2019 • Couples
Built in AD MDII or 1502, this fascinating insight into the 16th century is worth a visit.

Three lots of very steep, narrow stairs to negotiate plus the narrowest of passages to an inner room proved a distinct challenge to this 'traditionally built" disabled lady but one that was successfully completed before a recuperatory rest by the fire!

The artefacts, exposed wattle and daub, information boards and knowledgeable guide is a bargain at £2 per person entrance fee.

Parking available nearby, no facilities, not really wheelchair friendly and perhaps a challenge too far for those who find climbing stairs difficult.

Written 28 September 2019
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Michael H
Norwich, UK57 contributions
Very Interesting
Jul 2018 • Family
Well worth a visit although small packed with interesting items and the staff were very helpful. It will give you an insight into the way of life in the town etc over the centuries.
Written 31 July 2018
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Sandra B
Dereham, United Kingdom6 contributions
Quaint and historical
Aug 2017 • Family
A small but interesting museum. Great to help fill some time when visiting or just to find out your local history. Not much room but worth a visit
Written 24 June 2018
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DerehamDad
Dereham, UK300 contributions
A lovely, if little museum
May 2017 • Family
This is a really quaint little museum. Although most people will struggle to spend more than a short while here there are some great exhibits to look at.
I'd guess most people only spend half an hour here but if you read everything you can spend longer.
Written 1 August 2017
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Susieporkymonkey
Bury St. Edmunds, UK8 contributions
Fantastic volunteers
Jun 2017 • Couples
I didn't go round the museum as I was looking for Tourist Information but the volunteers who run this museum were really helpful, welcoming and knowledgeable. They deserve huge credit for keeping this little museum going. Plus it's a lovely building and right next to the church too which has it's own story to tell...
Written 17 June 2017
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Ray B
28 contributions
A little gem
May 2017 • Couples
We found this museum by accident and we are so glad we did. The exhibits give a real insight into Dereham's history and the the building is fantastic. We had a long and interesting chat with the staff. They obviously know and love their town.
Written 21 May 2017
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Thank you so much for your lovely review we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to our town and museum.
Written 24 May 2017
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stephen p
Norwich, UK230 contributions
A National Delight of a Building
Apr 2017 • Couples
Its survived fires and allsorts and is now a tourist information centre. When Dereham was ablaze a few hundred years ago by divine intervention this cottage was left intact ?
Written 7 April 2017
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Thank you for your kind review. We are not an official tourist information centre but our volunteers will always help with local knowledge where ever they can.
Written 10 April 2017
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Ailish C
23 contributions
Guided tour
Feb 2017 • Friends
Facinating old house 3. Old
House converted into 1
Lots of
Memoribelia of
Dereham and area around both domestic and mIlitary
The building is recently had thatch renewed
It has beautiful Pargetting decorations
It was a Gift to Bishop Bonnet from The Tudors as a thank you for
Being the Judge of Heritics
Written 1 February 2017
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Dear Ailish Thank you very much for leaving the museum your review, it is greatly appreciated.
Written 3 February 2017
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Linda M
Dereham, UK56 contributions
Family research
Aug 2016 • Solo
This Museum is a real gem. Good for locals and visitors alike. Also v good if you have ancestors from Dereham, staff are knowledgable and helpful. There is a Facebook group site too.
Written 28 August 2016
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Frequently Asked Questions about Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum

Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum is open:
  • Wed - Wed 13:30 - 16:00
  • Fri - Fri 11:00 - 14:00
  • Sat - Sat 13:30 - 16:00


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