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A couple walking along Purfleet Quay in front of The Custom House, King's Lynn. From left to right, the man is wearing a green jumper and navy jacket and the woman is wearing a quilted coat.

King’s Lynn

Brim full of history and with a vibrant town centre, King’s Lynn is the ideal destination to spend a few nights, enjoying the superb mix of history, shopping and entertainment on offer.

The Hanseatic town of King’s Lynn was one of England’s most important ports from as early as the 12th century and this maritime past is still very much in evidence today. Fine old merchants’ houses stretch down to the river between cobbled lanes and the elegant Custom House overlooks the harbour. The town’s heritage is reflected in an amazing array of historic buildings and at two magnificent market places: Saturday Market Place, where St Margaret’s Church , designated as a Minster Church in 2011 by the Bishop of Norwich, is surrounded by splendid buildings and Tuesday Market Place, quite possibly one of England’s grandest squares.

Weekly markets
King’s Lynn Pontoons
King’s Lynn High Street

Visitors can discover the story of King’s Lynn by visiting a host of heritage sites and attractions, best discovered with the help of the free guide Discover King’s Lynn or by joining a guided tour. The town’s Hanseatic history and trading links with Europe can be discovered on the self-guided Hanse Trail. The story of the town’s maritime trade, its fishing communities and its famous navigators can be explored on the Maritime Trail, or take a trip on the King’s Lynn ferry to see the maritime landscape of the King’s Lynn quayside and town from the banks of west Lynn.

Alternatively, you can embark on a town-based trail to trace the journey of pilgrims who passed through Lynn on their way to the Shrine of Our Lady at Walsingham in medieval times.

Copies of all these trails and walks are available to download from our Guides and Publications page.

King’s Lynn offers a fine programme of cultural and entertainment events and facilities including the impressive live entertainment venue of the Alive Corn Exchange, performances and special events at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre and the Majestic Cinema. The renowned King’s Lynn Festival and popular free festival ‘Festival Too’ are just some of the great events in this festival town. The town’s added sports and leisure facilities and its award winning park and gardens all add to the experience that visitors can enjoy.

King’s Lynn’s popular town centre offers an extensive pedestrianised shopping area with ample parking close by. The Vancouver Quarter offers a modern shopping experience that sits well next to the traditional shopping areas of the town and are complemented by the markets which often take place on the historic Tuesday Market Place.

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The Where to Stay in West Norfolk publication for 2022.

History of King’s Lynn

King’s Lynn is brim full of history with a magnificent heritage of buildings including St. Margaret’s Church, now known as King’s Lynn Minster…
The Where to Stay in West Norfolk publication for 2022.

Architecture of King’s Lynn

Rich in heritage and maritime history, King’s Lynn’s past has left a wonderful array of historic buildings and two magnificent marketplaces.

The Where to Stay in West Norfolk publication for 2022.

Attractions around King’s Lynn

King’s Lynn has an impressive range of visitor attractions which tell of the town’s fascinating and often colourful past.
The Where to Stay in West Norfolk publication for 2022.

Leisure and Entertainment in King’s Lynn

From leisure centres and local sports events to a whole range of lively entertainment, there truly is something for everyone in King’s Lynn.