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Fakenham is a market town in Norfolk.


Village Sign

Recorded in the Domesday Book the village was small and neighbouring villages dominated until Henry VIII dissolved the Abbey at Hempton, when Fakenham started to grow until by 1250 it became a Market Town and today still has a weekly market close to the original location. Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries printing was the town's main industry but the principal printers closed in 1970.

The town in on the River Wensum.

Get in[edit]

By road[edit]

The town is on the A148 main road between Holt (13 miles) and King's Lynn (23 miles).The A1064 runs from the town to Swaffham (and beyond to Mildenhall where it connects to the main A11).

By train[edit]

The stations in the town have both closed and there are no longer any train services to the town.

By bus[edit]

Get around[edit]

The town is small enough to see on foot.


Fakenham Church
War Memorial


Hollywood Cinema


Market Place
  • 1 Thursday Market, Market Place, Fakenham, NR21 9BG. Th 09:00-15:00. Also see some of the printing blocks set into the market square celebrating the printing history of the town.


  • 2 Tesco (Supermarket), Oak St Fakenham, NR21 9DX, +44 345 026 9522. M-Sa 0:00-22:00. Su 11:-17:00. Wi-Fi. ATMs.
  • 3 Lidl (Supermarket), Holt Rd, Fakenham, NR21 8JG. M-Sa 08:00-22:00. Su 10:00-16:00.


  • 4 Lloyds (Bank), 27 Norwich St, Fakenham, NR21 9AH. M Tu 09:00-1:30. W 09:30-16:30. Th F 09:00-16:30. Sa 09:00-13:00.
  • 5 HSBC (Bank), 36 Market Place, Fakenham, NR21 9DA. M-F 09:30-15:30. 24 hr ATM.


  • 1 Drifters Fish & Chips (Restaurant), 20 Oak St, Fakenham, NR21 9DY, +44 1328 863229. Tu W 11:30-14:00 & 16:30-21:00. Th 11:00-21:00. F 11:30-21:30. Sa 11:00-21:00. Su 16:00-20:30. Also delivery.
  • 2 Running Horse, Hawthorn Way,, +44 1328 864498.
  • 3 Henry IV (Pub & Restaurant), Greenway Lane, Fakenham, NR21 8ES, +44 1328 864592. M-F 11:00-23:00. Sa 10:00-23:00. Su 10:00-22:30. Free Wi-Fi. Beer garden.
  • 4 [dead link] Norfolk Kebab House (Take-away), 3 Norwich St, Fakenham, NR21 9AF, +44 1328 856966. M-Th 15:00-23:55. F Sa 15:00-01:00. Su 15:00-23:55. Delivery available (different hours).



Stay healthy[edit]


As of May 2022, Fakenham has 4G from all UK carriers, but the signal is patchy from O2 and Three. 5G has not reached this area.

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