Burnham Market is a picturesque village, near Norfolk's rugged north coast, 30 miles from Norwich. It’s one of a group of villages around the River Burn which are collectively known as The Burns. Thanks to its elegant streets, lined with smart shops and eateries, Burnham Market has been nicknamed ‘Chelsea on Sea’.
The countryside around the village is unspoilt and teeming with wildlife, and walking to one of the other Burnhams, such as Burnham Norton or Burnham Deepdale, is a lovely thing to do on a sunny day.The ruins of the Carmelite Friary of St Mary, Burnham Norton, Norfolk. by John Fielding - CC BY 2.0
As you wander through the village, you’ll stumble upon a variety of specialist shops which you might expect to find in London’s Kings Road, rather than a quiet Norfolk village. Look out for the renowned Burnham Hats, a long-established business, offering a staggering variety of Panama hats, newsboy caps, Helen Kaminski summer hats and plenty more.
One of the village’s most impressive historical landmarks is St. Mary’s Parish Church, with its intriguing parapet and intricately designed stained-glass windows. Also well worth a look are Burnham Overy Windmill and Watermill, both of which were built in the late 1700s and early 1800s.
"The countryside around the village is unspoilt and teeming with wildlife."
Just down the road is Burnham Overy Staithe, a popular launching spot for boats. You’ll also find a series of lovely walking paths which follow the river, out to the ruggedly beautiful coast, where you can join the famous North Norfolk Coast Path, which passes wide, sandy beaches, secluded coves and towering cliff tops.
In the heart of Burnham Market is The Nelson, an atmospheric old pub where you can choose from an impressive selection of local ales. The food is beautifully presented and prepared with some of the best local ingredients. Dishes include hearty Norfolk sausages with crushed herb new potatoes, seasonal vegetables homemade onion relish and gravy. Nearby is the award-winning Hoste, another stylish pub and restaurant with a reputation for excellent food and a garden room, dining room and conservatory to choose from.
There are few better bases from exploring the Norfolk coast than Burnham Market. Hunstanton, Blakeney and Wells-next-the-Sea are all nearby and well worth a visit.