Fakenham

Discover Fakenham

Just ten miles from the coast, Fakenham is a traditional working market town, the largest town in north Norfolk. Surrounded by beautiful countryside and sitting along the River Wensum, Fakenham is an ideal destination for enjoying the coast & countryside.
Fakenham Market Place
Fakenham Countryside
Fakenham Gas & History Museum
Fakenham is well known for its market, dating back to 1250. During the 19th century the market sold agricultural products & cattle, and today, a market runs on a Thursday where local traders gather to sell their produce. The Corn Hall and flea market have also been important local trading centres for 140 years.
In the 19th & 20th century, printing was Fakenham's major industry and you can see printing blocks marking this heritage set into the surface of the market place and is represented on the town’s sign. Many buildings highlight the town’s history. The tower of 14th century Fakenham church dominates the skyline of the town and the Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History is the only surviving town gasworks in England & Wales, complete with all equipment used for the manufacture of gas from coal: retorts, condenser, purifiers, meter, gasholder.
Sitting on the National Cycle Network, and just a few miles away from the coast, Fakenham’s gentle countryside makes it an attractive location for cycling & walking. Fakenham is also home to one of the finest rural National Hunt horse racecourses in the country, and a couple of miles down the road, you’ll discover award-winning Pensthorpe Natural Park, where you will find one of Europe's finest collection of endangered and exotic water birds.
With accommodation of all types to be found in and around Fakenham, the town is a great base for exploring north Norfolk all year round.

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