Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum

St. Withburga Lane, Dereham, NR19 1ED
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Dating from 1502, the Grade II listed Bishop Bonner’s Cottage is the oldest domestic building in the market town of Dereham.

Virtually untouched by the 21st century, this beautiful timber-framed, thatched building is particularly noted for its unusual coloured pargetting. Originally three cottages, it is the oldest surviving domestic building in Dereham, and with its sloping ceilings, tiny rooms, twisting staircases and wooden beams, it is easy to imagine how the many previous inhabitants lived here in the past.

Bishop Bonner’s Cottage houses local history and archaeology displays, including archive photos of Dereham and still has its authentic Victorian kitchen. It puts on special exhibitions each year showing how life in Dereham has changed over the centuries.

Recommended length of visit: 30 minutes to an hour.

The building and museum are cared for by Dereham Antiquarian Society.

Special events

No Events listed at present

Travel and parking

Two minutes from Dereham High Street and next to the church. Ample parking in Dereham. Public transport: Regular First Bus services, X1.


May to September – Tuesday, Wednesday, Saturday


Adult £2
Children under 16 FREE with a paying adult
Group visits by appointment. contact Soeciety Secretary Amanda Lovejoy on 07500 029 561

Facilities and access



Click here for key

Other access information: Level access to ground floor only. Digital slide show of upstairs rooms.

Due to uneven floors, steep winding staircases and narrow passageways, the building is sadly not suitable for disabled visitors.