A market town in the Fens with a long history, Downham Market is well located for the nearby Welney Waterfowl and Wetlands Trust nature reserve, a veritable Mecca for bird-watchers. In Downham Market itself is Denver Mill, a restored watermill. The town probably began during the Saxon period, and was granted a market charter as early as 1050. King Charles I stayed (in disguise) at the Swan Inn in Downham Market following his loss at the Battle of Naseby in 1646.
Paradise Road is said to have been the site of a gallows during the medieval period, where condemned criminals spent their last moments as 'close to Paradise' as they were ever likely to get!

The parish church of St Edmund is primarily 13th century, on the foundations of an earlier Norman building.