Area guides

Downham Market


A popular market town with a huge community spirit

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Downham Market
21 mins to Welney
24 mins to Swaffham
25 mins to King's Lynn
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One of Norfolk’s oldest market towns, Downham Market can be traced back to Saxon times.

Downham Market

The town has a good range of shops and a busy market on Fridays and Saturdays as well as a range of schools and nurseries including a college. There are many attractive houses and buildings and an unusual gothic black and white town clock.

There is a mainline railway station with fast direct trains to Cambridge (39 minutes)and London King’s Cross (1 hour and 35 minutes). It is an ideal place for walking or cycling and the peaceful waterways are excellent for boating and fishing.

Nearby at Welney is the famous Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust nature reserve, which is very popular with birdwatchers.

In November the Festival of Swans is held where visitors can observe the over-wintering swans.

King’s Lynn (11 miles away) has an excellent variety of shops, supermarkets, places to eat, ten-pin bowling alley, swimming pool, football club, cinema, theatre and three impressive churches. There are many services within the town including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, police station, fire station, primary schools, three secondary schools, college and a library. King’s Lynn is connected to the local cities of Norwich and Peterborough via the A47 and to Cambridge via the A10.