Burnham Market is the main centre of four little villages named Burnham. The term is derived from the old English phrase 'burn' meaning ‘stream’ and 'ham' meaning ‘homestead’. The River Burn flows through all four villages to the east.

Burnham Market main street
Burnham Market Main Street © Travel About Britain

Parking used to be a problem in this popular Norfolk village, and visitors would often just drive through without stopping. Fortunately in 2016 the local council added a purpose built car park and facilities at the back of the main street, so now there is no excuse to dwell here awhile and enjoy the ambience of this fine little market centre.

As you approach Burnham on the B1155, the main thoroughfare opens out onto a fine grassy boulevard, lined with fine Georgian houses, neat little antique shops and tea rooms. In fact the village is positively bristling with eateries from posh restaurants to small cafes.

Burnham Market Green
Burnham Market Green © Travel About Britain

The 400 year old Hoste Arms (now called The Hoste) on The Green, was recently crowned 'Pub of the Year'. It is delightful base for exploring North Norfolk and its coastline, providing good food and extremely comfortable overnight accommodation. The four star Nelson Inn, at the other end of the village, was first recorded as a pub in 1685.

St Mary's

St Mary's Church © TAB

At the west end of the main street stands St Mary's Church. The tower has an battlemented parapet with unusual carvings of Biblical scenes.

Behind the church lies Westgate Hall, built to the design of Sir John Soane in 1783. This magnificent Georgian country house, set in 30 acres acres of parkland, is currently a private residence. Recently lived in by Conservative politician Baroness Patricia Rawlings.

Just to the north east, near Burnham Overy, is a lovely restored Norfolk windmill (circa 1816). Managed by the National Trust and currently run as bunkhouse accommodation.

Burnham Market Antique Shops
Burnham's main thoroughfare is lined with colourful shops & specialty stores © Travel About Britain

Map of Burnham Market


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