King's Lynn Travel Guide

  • Statue of George Vancouver
    Statue of George Vancouver
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  • King's Lynn Minster
    King's Lynn Minster
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  • Flood level markings by the West Door
    Flood level markings by the West Door
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King's Lynn Things to Do

  • The Minster (St Margaret's Church)

    The Minster was until recently known as St Margaret’s Church. It was dedicated as King's Lynn Minster by the Bishop of Norwich in December 2011.The original church on the site was founded in 1101, but it was partially rebuilt in 1741 after a storm caused the spire to collapse into the nave. By the west door are markings showing flood levels. In the...

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  • Greyfriars Tower and Tower Gardens

    Greyfriars Tower is all that remains of a thirteenth century Franciscan friary. It is a lantern tower, and was built at various stages between the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries. It is about 28 metres tall.The surrounding area is now a pleasant park.

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  • Lynn Museum

    The Lynn museum is the home of Seahenge, the Bronze age timber circle that was discovered on a beach and subsequently removed for preservation. The museum displays a full size replica of the original structure as well as the preserved timbers.The rest of the Museum, which is housed in the former Union Baptist Chapel building (c.1859), has...

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  • Tales of the Old Gaol House

    The building dates from 1784 and originally housed the town gaoler. It was used as the town police station from 1938 until 1954. The first room visitors enter is the Charge Room, which is set up as it would have been in its heyday, complete with a waxwork of a desk sergeant. Visitors can take their fingerprints, or get a friend to take their...

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  • Custom House

    This should be the first port of call for visitors to King's Lynn, as it houses the Tourist Information Centre, where a 'Discover King’s Lynn' leaflet can be picked up. The building itself dates from the 17th century. It was designed by Henry Bell (1647-1711) and opened in 1685 as an Exchange. It became the Customs House from 1703 and remained so...

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  • Lynn Museum

    Lynn Museum is more than the usual local museum where you find some local history and old furniture. The most interesting part is the one about "Seahenge", an ancient cult place which was found in the North Sea. The exhbitions explains how this place could have been used, the preservation methods used and the discussion about leaving it in the...

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  • Greyfriar's Tower and Tower Gardens

    As many other medeival cities, King's Lynn was home to a mighty monastery - in this case, a Franciscan one. After the dissolution of the monasteries in 1538, most monasteries were demolished, left into decay or used otherwise. The Greyfriars tower for example, is one of only three remaining of its kind in England and the most complete of them. It...

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  • Old Custom House and George Vancouver

    The custom house was built in 1683 by Henry Bell and Sir John Turner and reflects the importance of King's Lynn during the heydays of the Royal Navy. It replaced an older building from 1620 which became to small for the augmenting sea trade and was in use until 1989. Today, it houses the tourist information in the harbour area and is home to a...

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  • Trinity Guildhall

    Built in 1422, on top of the foundation of an older building, this guildhall has a distinctive checkerd pattern on its front. Over the entrance are the coats of arms of King James I and Queen Elizabeth I. It served as the town hall until 1895. Inside are a number of attractions, including the medieval gaol.

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  • King's Lynn Parks

    King's Lynn has some fine public parks and gardens. Too bad the weather was so miserable when I visited. Strolling about the town, one can enjoy a pleasant afternoon simply exploring them.

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  • The Chapel of Our Lady of the Mount

    A rather odd, mysterious structure, this octogonal-shaped chapel is also called the Red Mount. The plaque says that it was built in 1485. it's built on top of an artificial mound called Guanock Hill (the word means "beacon"), by Robert Corraunce. Originally, it was a rest stop for pilgrims en route to the shrine at Our Lady of Walsingham.Some say...

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  • The Old Gaol House

    Here is a ghoulish museum of medieval justice. You can learn about the infamous witch trials, the means of extracting confessions, the punishments, and the tiny cells where prisoners were kept.

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  • The Custom House

    Built by Henry Bell in 1683, this building stands over the River Great Ouse at Purfleet Quay. It is now home of the local Tourist Information Centre, and a local museum.

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  • GARDENS AND DEER PARK

    aside from the house there are lots of things to see at Houghton, you can wander through the 450 acre deer park to see the herd of white deer and other unusual deer breeds, and visit the old church closer to the Hall is the 3 acre walled garden which is divided into gardens within gardens, all well planted with interesting stock, there is a small...

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  • MODEL SOLDIER MUSEUM

    My brother-in-law is nuts about model soldiers so he was delighted with the collection here which is one of the largest and most comprehensive in the worldthe collection was started by the late Lord Cholmondeley while still a schoolboy in 1928, he never lost his interest in the model soldiers and continued to build the collection all his lifefrom...

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King's Lynn Restaurants

  • Good food in a pleasant setting

    The Riverside Restaurant is located in an old warehouse which forms part of the King's Lynn Arts Centre complex. It's open for lunch and dinner, but booking is recommended. We were there for dinner on a Saturday night in September and saw several parties of hopeful diners being turned away.Food is home-cooked and good quality. My only quibble was...

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  • If The Lifeboat is too busy you might...

    The place is a cross between a tea shop and canteen and spit and sawdust pub. The staff were friendly and food edible, just.The soup was served scalding hot but the briochettes were delicious. The sandwich/ciabatta was ok. To be honst over priced, the place was rather dirty and would not go back.This was boxing day but don't think that this excuses...

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  • Great food on the North Norfolk coast

    Great place in the summer - outside seating and in the winter, log fires. A good old norfolk public house. Serves local ales and good food. Accepts dogs so is popular with walkersThis pub does get busy so it is adviseable to book if you are in a mind to go here, there are other equally good pubs in the village ( review pending next time I head up...

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King's Lynn Nightlife

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    houghton hall

    by BerniShand Written Aug 27, 2005

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    Once each year the Hall opens in the evening for visitors to enjoy seeing it lit as it would have been before electricity arrived

    musicians entertain the visitors, and I imagine this gives a feeling of being a guest in the Hall in days gone by
    this year [2005] the opening was the 21st August, check the website for future dates

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King's Lynn Transportation

  • by jayhawk2000 Written May 31, 2006

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    First Bus runs the X1 coach service between Peterborough and Lowestoft via King's Lynn. We used the coach to reach King's Lynn as a day trip from Norwich which took over an hour and a half each way. A return ticket at the time cost us £7.60, although you can buy a day ticket for £10 which allows you to stop as you like along the way. This is good if you fancy a look around the handsome town of Swaffham or want to see the churches at Middleton or East Winch.

    Coaches run twice an hour from the early morning till late at night. They are quite comfy with upholstered seats, but there is no loo on board like you'd find on the National Express and the steps up make them no good for anyone using a wheelchair or pram.

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King's Lynn Shopping

  • Fashion Jewellery & Accessories

    Fantastic stall on the Tuesday Market (the lady also has a website), which sells fashionable jewellery, accessories & hair bits & bobs for adults & children. European bracelets, bedas & charms, Hello Kitty items, hair accessories, handmade jewellery, scarves etc. 50p to £8.00 maximum!

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  • A quick bite?

    Recently opened in the High St, this shop has a wealth of pastys, pizzas, melts and all kinds of mouthwatering goodies. I only discovered this shop in the last fortnight thanks to my pal Iffer buying me a pasty. Yuuuuuuuuuuuuuummy! If you want cheap and cheerless go to Sainsbury's.....if you want your belly filling choose The Cornish Pasty...

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  • fancy a different hairstyle?

    A true taste of Africa, with all kinds of styles of braiding, extentions and varying cuts for men and women, cut and styled by African people.

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King's Lynn Off The Beaten Path

  • Archeology

    Rather a random day saw us head off to Sedgeford. This is the site of an archeology dig. They have information on the finds that have been unearthed within Norfolk and are enthusiastic about imparting knowledge of what is going on on the site. We could should we have wanted been able to help with the digging. Buses from King's Lynn get you there.

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  • look all around you

    King's Lynn has an important Medieval past, and some of it is still visible. There are the usual places to see, such as The Guildhall etc, but please.....when you walk along the High St, and down St James St, cast your eyes above the shop fronts to see the old architecture above.The medieval town centre was mainly destroyed in the 60's by the...

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    Near the waterfront, Kings Lynn

    by Alice-Kees Updated Sep 17, 2003

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    Favorite thing: King's Lynn looks in many ways like a Frisian town. It lies a couple of miles inland from the Wash on the banks of the river Great Ouse. You should be able to spend about half a day to explore the old hanseatic buildings. A few miles out of town is Castle Rising, that unfortunately was closed on the days we were there.

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