Great Dunmow, 'Meadow on the hill' (the original meaning of Dunmow) is a Market Town steeped in history with buildings dating back hundreds of years. The famous flitch trials as mentioned in Chaucer͛s The Canterbury Tales are conducted in public every leap year.
Great Dunmow’s High Street and Market Place are home to an assortment of mostly independent shops and businesses
These include tea rooms, coffee shops, restaurants (including Indian, Chinese and Thai), various takeaway outlets, public houses, bars, fashion, beauty, chemists and many more, plus banks, building societies, solicitors, estate agents etc.
There is a supermarket in the town centre and a larger superstore on the outskirts of the town.
Great Dunmow is ideally situated for access to the A120 and approximately 8 miles from Junction 8 of the M11 which leads south to London and north to Cambridge.
Mainline railway stations can be found at Stansted Airport (Stansted Express, approx 5 miles from Great Dunmow), Bishop’s Stortford (approx 10 miles from Great Dunmow) and Chelmsford (approx 13 miles from Great Dunmow). Buses run to Bishop’s Stortford, Stansted Airport, Chelmsford and Braintree from the town.
Great Dunmow benefits from a large recreation ground which has football pitches, a skate park, children's play area with equipment, as well as open spaces and the River Chelmer running through it.
There are many interesting and picturesque walks varying in length in and around the town, including the Flitch Way, formerly a railway line, running 15 miles long from Start Hill at Bishop's Stortford to Braintree, forming part of the National Cycle Network and providing a safe environment to walk or cycle, whilst enjoying scenery and wildlife
Helena Romanes School and Sixth Form Centre is sited North East of the Woodlands Park Development. In the 2016 Ofsted report it has an overall rating of good.
Great Dunmow Primary School is located on the southern fringe of the Woodlands Park Development Site. In the 2018 Ofsted report it has an overall rating of good.