As one of Norfolk's oldest market towns, Downham is packed with quant streets, shops and waterways. Sites to see are the town hall which was built to commemorate Queen Victoria's jubilee in 1887, St Peter's church with its distinctive chimney and castle tower, and the oldest building in the town, St Edmunds Parish Church.
Church Farm has rare breeds, children's areas and nature walks and the Welney Wetland Centre nature reserve is popular amongst keen bird watchers. The St. Winnold's Fayre, a music festival and the Dragon Boat Racing are popular annual events that locals can look forward to. There are two outdoor markets every week selling local produce such as vegetables, homemade biscuits, pies, cheeses and jams. There is also a crafts and collectibles market on Saturdays. In the town centre you can find pubs, hotels and several Indian restaurants.