Visit Downham Market, Norfolk’s “gingerbread town”

Downham Market is a delightful market town in Norfolk, about 20 miles north of Ely. With excellent transport links thanks to the local train station, this is a great base from which explore Norfolk and the Fens. The town gets its nickname from the striking Carrstone houses which look like gingerbread, the other interesting architectural feature being the highly individual black and white clock in the centre. Check out the interesting shops, eateries and busy markets, and enjoy a stroll along the river Ouse.

What to do and see in west Norfolk

The Nearby grade two listed Denver Windmill is now restored to working order and offers great value visits, or take in the unique local landscape with a trip to the National Trust-run Wicken Fen Nature Reserve. The city of Ely is easily accessible by car or train and has a good range of long and short stay free car parks. Admire the magnificent cathedral and wander the great shops and museums. Oliver Cromwell’s house is another good value and interesting visit. Head north to visit the royal Sandringham Estate, where you’ll find a country park with free entry and parking. You can also explore the ground floor public rooms in the house as well as the fascinating museum.

All aboard for Cambridge

Cambridge is an easy train ride away - visit to admire the colleges, take a punt down the Cam or step inside the free Fitzwilliam Museum. Looking for a cheap hotel Near Downham Market? Travelodge Kings Lynn Hotel’s a good bet or try Travelodge Peterborough Central Hotel.