Tourist Attractions in Kings Lynn & District
(A visitors guide to Kings Lynn PE30 Norfolk England)
Kings Lynn's Customs House 1685 with a statue of Captain George Vancouver in front of it.. To day the Customs House is open to the public as it is the Tourist Information Centre. Captain Vancouver 1775 -1798 best known for founding Vancouver in Canada whilst exploring the American West Coast.
Kings Lynn's Southgates marks the main entry point into the town, originally constructed in 14th Century rebuilt in 1450's, the brick structure of the Southgates is one of the oldest brick structures to survive today in the country.
The magnificent keep at Castle Rising was built in 1140 by William d'Albini II to celebrate his marriage to the widow of Henry I and his acquisition of the earldom of Sussex it was modelled on the keep at Norwich
Hampton Court is a fine 15th century period building to be found in the Old Town in Nelson Street, now flats these were the homes a the wealthy merchants that relied on the river for their trade.
Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty the Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs. The house Set in the 60-acre gardens has a museum of Royal vehicles and mementoes, the principal ground floor apartments with their collections of porcelain, jade, furniture and family portraits are open to the public from Easter to October
Kings Lynn not only offers a central point in which to explore the Norfolk Coast but parts of Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire as well.
There is a wide range of accommodation available not only in Kings Lynn but also in the surrounding areas , whether you are looking for top class accommodation or budget there are places to suit your requirements, there are ample hotels and guest houses, the YHA Hostel is located in Thoresby College plus there are also a number of holiday cottages situated around the coastal area.
Kings Lynn situated on the most southerly point of the Wash, as a town it dates back to the eleventh century, and in the old town much of the Medieval architecture has survived. rich in history Kings Lynn has plenty to explore for those that enjoy stepping back in time. The best place to start is from the Tourist Information Centre which is situated in the Old Customs House built in 1683, on the Purfleet Quay.
Castle Rising can be found on the outskirts of Kings Lynn on the old road to Hunstanton, this Normandy Keep is reckoned to be one of the best preserved in England, the keep is open to visitors, it was in Castle Rising that Queen Isabella the widow of Edward 11 was exiled by her son Edward 111.
Sandringham Estate one of the Queens Private Country Residences is just 6 miles out of Kings Lynn heading towards Hunstanton, Sandringham House is open to the public when the Queen or members of the royal family are not in residence, but when they are in residence it is possible to see the Queen and family when they attend the Sandringham Church for the Sunday morning service, although in the grounds the area is open to the public so they can see them as they walk to and from church . Throughout the year Sandringham Estate hosts various Caravan Club venue's, country fairs, horse and carriage trials, Flower Shows, etc.
From Sandringham, the old Royal Station at Wolverton is worth a visit, now a museum it was here the Royal Train used to arrive and depart from when the Royal Family were in residence at Sandringham House, the line was closed in the 60's under Doctor Beecham's Axe.
Just up the road from Sandringham is the old Water Mill in Snettisham although not used today it is still in working order, or the Visitors Centre at the Norfolk Lavender Farm Heacham.
Houghton Hall off the Kings Lynn Fakenham road open to the public the hall was the home of Robert Walpole the so called first prime minister of England
Apart from tourism there is plenty for the sportsman / woman to do, there is an abundance of high quality Golf Courses in the area that offer day or course fees, Fresh water and Sea Fishing, organised Game Shooting on some of Norfolk's fine estates.
Kings Lynn also offers a variety of spectator sports such as Kings Lynn Football Club at the Stadium on the Walks, West Norfolk Rugby club at North Wootton, Speedway and Stock Car Racing at the Norfolk Arena Stadium on Saddlebow Road.
In the evening there are a wide selection of places to eat which offer fine cuisine from Italy -Thailand - India & China, not forgetting our own traditional dishes, there are excellent pubs in and around Kings Lynn that have extensive menus and offer superb quality food such as the Hare Arms at Stow Bardolph of the A10 at Downham Market. There are ample wine bars, restaurants, pubs and bars to relax and enjoy an evening drink.
In Kings Lynn you can experience that West End feeling the Corn Exchange offers a wide range of live shows from comedy to pop artists and shows, whilst the Art Centre offers the more refined concerts and films. at the end of July of every year Kings Lynn holds a Festival and Festival Two, the latter offering free entertainment on the Tuesday Market place Friday and Saturdays throughout the festival period whilst the main festival offers recitals and concerts in various venues throughout the town.
On St Valentines Day every year sees a large fair known as the Mart open on the Tuesday Market Place,, which stays in Kings Lynn until the end of the month, the Mart is the coming together of the fair ground families from all over the country, from Kings Lynn the fair splits of to different venues until it meets up again at the end of the season at the Nottingham Goose Fair.
Kings Lynn is Norfolk's third largest town but often referred to as Norfolk's second city, it offers a compact but excellent town centre shopping facilities, with the majority of major multi national retailers having a presence in the town centre Shopping in Kings Lynn.
Kings Lynn has three market days every week with the biggest being the Tuesday Market to be found on the towns main square 'The Tuesday Market Place' Friday also sees a smaller market on the Tuesday Market Place and a Saturday Market on the Saturday Market Place which is on the opposite end of the High Street to the Tuesday Market Place.
Kings Lynn is the gateway to the Norfolk Coast for such places as Hunstanton probably the only purpose built seaside resort in the UK, Wells, Walsingham and Burnham Market, Walsingham has a number of shrines the most famous is the 'lady of our chapel' which sees pilgrims visiting the shrine all year through, but no more than Easter when the pilgrims make their way to Walsingham bearing the burden of the cross, Burnham Market has become locally known as Chelsea by the Sea, The 'Host Arms' has become a favourite eating place for the rich and famous , Burnham Thorpe next door is the birth place to Admiral Nelson who was the son of the local pastor, further up the road towards Wells Next to Sea is Holkam Hall home to the Earle of Leicester, which is open to the public,. Holkam Hall was the home of the Coke family the first person to introduce the rotation of arable crops, today the Hall is open whilst in the grounds is a pottery and bygones museum.
Kings Lynn is accessible by main trunk roads, an hourly train service between Kings Lynn and Kings Cross in London that calls at Ely and Cambridge, an hourly bus service that links Lowestoft - Great Yarmouth - Norwich and Peterborough with Kings Lynn.
For those that value Caravan Holidays, Kings Lynn and West Norfolk has a host of Caravan Sites to stay, Gatton Waters .on the main Kings Lynn to Fakenham area is ideally situated right on the edge of the Sandringham Estate, it has a good club house and it also offers on site fishing
Kings Lynn is ideally situated to explore not only North and West Norfolk, but the Holland and Lindsey district of Lincolnshire and the Cambridgeshire Fens, just 45 minutes down the main line to London is Ely a small Cathedral City that dates back to 673ad situated right in the heart of the Cambridgeshire fens, Ely Cathedral is a magnificent building that can be viewed from miles around once an island in the middle of the fens home of Hereward the Wake, Ely has a history of the famous who lived or visited this small city.
Just 34 miles from Kings Lynn via the A17 is Boston once an island monastery in the wash known as St Botolph's or on the banks of the Witham dates back to 654ad, the Church of St Botolph's more commonly called Boston Stump is one of the tallest church towers in the UK. Just like Kings Lynn Boston was an important Hanseatic League port exporting salt and wool. It was from Boston that William Brewster who originated from Scrooby near Bawtry in Nottinghamshire, one of the Elders of the Pilgrim Fathers who sailed on the Mayflower to North America, and founded the city of Boston Massachusetts. Today Boston England is closely related to Boston Massachusetts.