The town is built around the pretty lake known as The Mere, which covers six acres, with narrow streets running up the hill to the triangular Market Place.
St. Mary`s Church is from the Decorated and Perpendicular periods, and contains two 15th century guild chapels in the chancel. Its tower is built right up to the Market Place.
There is an attractive mixture of Tudor, Georgian and Victorian buildings, including the Dolphin and Saracen`s Head inns.
John Skelton, poet and tutor to the young Henry VIII, was Rector of Diss.
John Wilbye, the outstanding Elizabethan madrigal composer who later lived at Colchester, was born at Diss.