Explore Norfolk and Suffolk's Market Towns

Beccles | Bungay | Dereham | Halesworth | Harleston | Southwold | Swaffham | Thetford | Watton | Wymondham | MNR


Enjoy a wealth of diversity, history with modern day culture and a unique shopping experience. Beccles also has an open air swimming pool, one of the last in the region.

Visit Beccles website


Walking through the town centre you can't miss the famous Buttercross, once used as a prison but nowadays home to the weekly market.


This historical market town includes a selection of local shops, tea-rooms and restaurants, a 19th century windmill, Bishop Bonner’s Cottage and a heritage railway.

Visit Dereham TC's website

Dereham extends a particular welcome to walkers - go to the Walkers are Welcome website for more information. 


Halesworth is steeped in the history of brewing, malting and agriculture. Look in the shops or go to the bridge and watch the ducks on the Town River.

Visit Halesworth website


Harleston’s Wednesday market is said to be more than 750 years old still takes place in the town’s central Market Place. The stalls include a greengrocer, fishmonger, plant stall, and tool and DIY stall.

Visit Norwich's website


Southwold is a charming north Suffolk seaside town on the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Come enjoy its pier, beach huts, harbour, high street and beach.

Visit Southwold's website


Situated the most northerly of the Breckland Market Towns, Swaffham is a very welcoming town with some astonishing views and points of interest

Visit Around Swaffham's website


Explore the delights of Thetford with its wide range of shops and cafes. Take a stroll along the river and admire the historic buildings. Or if you are a fan of Dad's Army visit the Dad's Army Museum!

Trip Advisor


Situated in the heart of Breckland and home to the well-known story ‘Babes in the Wood’, this historical town features one of the largest woods in South Norfolk

Watton in the Brecks website


Venture to South Norfolk to visit this historical market town. Believed to be of Anglo Saxon origin, Wymondham gives you plenty to see and do

Visit Tour Norfolk's website

Mid Norfolk Railway

See the peaceful Norfolk countryside by riding between Dereham and Wymondham on the MNR. Regular running days with interesting locos, stations and facilities.

Visit MNR's website