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Downham Market

On the banks of the River Great Ouse, and dating back to Saxon times, Downham Market is one of Norfolk’s oldest market towns. The attractive market place is immediately identifiable by the splendidly unusual and majestic black and white clock.

The town retains a really intimate feel, characterised by many fine historic buildings, craft and collectibles markets – with a bustling market on many Fridays and Saturdays where you can buy a variety of goods from clothes, to carpets, to fresh produce – and a host of local independent shops.

Over the past few decades, Downham Market has grown from being a quiet market town to a busy town with supermarkets, cafes and restaurants.

The area is brim full of historic buildings and amazing architecture. Discover why Downham Market has its nickname ‘Gingerbread Town’ (due to its buildings made from local carrstone) and saunter through the countryside to explore fascinating nearby villages.

Fen Rivers Way
Downham Market Town Square

Downham Market is the perfect base to explore the great outdoors, discover the Fen Rivers Way footpath, take a round of golf at a nearby course or enjoy the surrounding angling sites. Saunter through the nearby countryside or enjoy a bite to eat at a riverside pub and watch the boats go by!

Discover more in Downham Market

Downham Market's famous black and white town clock standing tall in the town centre.

History of Downham Market

Brim full of historic buildings and incredible architecture, Downham Market’s rich past is still in evidence today.
Downham Market's famous black and white town clock standing tall in the town centre.

Leisure and Entertainment around Downham Market

From history and animal centres to a whole variety of outdoor leisure pursuits, Downham Market has a wide variety of venues and leisure activities on offer.