Swaffham is a pretty market town with many Georgian buildings scattered around the market place. It is located 30 miles from Norwich, 17 miles from Sandringham and Thetford Forest and 28 miles from the coastal town of Hunstanton. The beautiful Norfolk Broads are only about an hour away.
The Butter Cross is an interesting feature in the town and is situated in the market place. It was erected in 1783 AD and comprises eight stone columns and a dome featuring a figure of the Goddess Ceres.
On the town sign the legendary ‘Pedlar of Swaffham’, John Chapman, is depicted. Figures of John and his wife are also carved on a bench end that is within the spectacular parish church.
Swaffham has a small, independent social history museum with annual exhibitions plus displays from the Stone Age through to modern day. It is home of the Symonds collection of figures based on characters from literature and history. Learn about local heroes such as Howard Carter the archaeologist, Admiral Sir Knyvet Wilson, Jem Mace, W E Johns and the Swaffham Pedlar. Suitable for all age groups, the museum is well worth a visit.
Swaffham market is held every Saturday and has over 30 stalls including fresh meat, fruit & vegetables, cheeses, eggs, housewares, confectionary, clothes, tools, bric-a-brac and plants. There is also an auction.
Interesting facts about Swaffham
- The church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul is one of only a few churches that have angels carved in wood instead of stone, around the top of the walls
- It is thought that Swaffham was a favourite of Lord Nelson
- Famous people associated with Swaffham include Stephen Fry, comedian, actor and writer, Dominic Byrne, newsreader, Michael Carroll, lottery winner, Howard Carter, archaeologist who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, Christopher Dawes, author of Rat Scabies and The Holy Grail
Map of Swaffham
Attractions in Swaffham
Anglia Karting is a terrific all weather attraction loved by people from 8 to 80! The circuit is a purpose built racetrack of approximately 625 metres and is fast and flowing allowing the carts potential to be fully realised. It is also floodlit to enable night racing, which adds to the excitement. There are grass run off areas for greater safety, especially for our faster karts which have a top speed of around 70 mph. There are 2 types of racing karts, the Deavinson Single Pro, for drivers who are less experienced, and the Biz 270cc.Thunderkarts for the experienced driver. All the karts are fitted with the latest electronic timing systems allowing race positions to be displayed at all times. The Centre also hosts corporate events, league races, open race events, as well as stag and hen parties.
Swaffham Museum is situated in the centre of the historic market town of Swaffham, in a Grade II listed building that is currently owned by Swaffham Town Council. This glorious building was built around 1775/1790 on the site of the Great Fire of Swaffham that took place in 1775. The museum focuses on the social history of the town and surrounding villages. The collections cover the many aspects of life including trade, industries and domestic life, from prehistoric times to the present. The museum boasts its own education service, to help teachers and students make the very best use of the museum.