Downham Market

The ancient town of Downham Market dates from Saxon times and rises above the edge of the mystical Fenlands. Several distinct features make for an eye-catching town centre - the fancy black and white clock tower in the market square is the main landmark: built in 1878 in the style of a miniature Big Ben, it has a gothic roof with gold-leaf tracery. The ancient 15th century church of St Edmunds has an unusual spire and a thriving local heritage centre is well worth visiting.

Hotel accommodation in Downham Market is available in two historic coaching inns which provide good locally sourced food; several period houses provide high-quality bed and breakfast accommodation in Downham Market also.

The two regular markets have stalls selling crafts and collectables, freshly caught sea food and organic produce, and these days the small independent shops have bags of character.

The natural environment of the Fens provides opportunities for bird watching, cycling, horse riding and walking, and The Wash and historic Oxburgh Hall are just a few miles away. The stunning North Norfolk Heritage Coast is easily accessible, and to the east the cathedral city of Norwich is an hour’s drive.

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The Clock Tower, Downham Market


The Station, Downham Market