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A birds eye view shot of King's Lynn from Greyfriars Tower.

Architecture of King’s Lynn

King’s Lynn’s history stretches back to the 12th century and beyond when it was one of England’s most important ports. The town’s rich past has left a magnificent heritage of architecture and stories to be discovered.

A great place to start your visit is the iconic King’s Lynn Town Hall, home to the Tourist Information Centre where you can also discover the story of King’s Lynn’s maritime history. Pick up a FREE copy of the Discover King’s Lynn Heritage Trail, Pilgrimage Trail, Hanseatic Trail and Maritime Trail leaflets.

It was the town’s own Henry Bell (1647-1711) who made the greatest architectural impact on King’s Lynn when he literally shaped its landscape in the 17th Century. Hired by the influential merchants, who ruled King’s Lynn during the post-Restoration period, Bell was tasked with creating statement buildings that would convey the town’s sophistication and draw Europeans to spend their money within the town.

The pinnacle of his architecture is arguably the Custom House, an elegant merchants’ exchange, though there are other buildings throughout the area that feature his designs.

To learn more about King’s Lynn’s historic buildings, take a fascinating guided tour with the King’s Lynn Town Guides.

A whole variety of historic buildings displaying a wide range of architectural styles can be seen throughout the town:

A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

King’s Lynn Minster

One of the largest town churches in the country, formerly known as St. Margaret’s Church. Founded in 1101 and partially rebuilt in 1741 after the spire collapsed onto the nave in the storm. Look out for the flood level markings by the west door.
A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

Hanse House

Hanseatic Warehouses dating from 1475. Built around a narrow court, these large warehouses were owned by Hanseatic League merchants until 1751.
A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

True’s Yard

Two beautifully restored Victorian fisherman’s cottages, now a museum.
A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

St. George’s Guildhall

The largest surviving 15th century guildhall in England, restored in 1945-50.
A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

The Marriott’s Warehouse

A river-facing 16th century warehouse, now home to The Marriott’s Warehouse restaurant and bar.
A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

Greenland Fishery

An early 17th century merchant’s house, built by a local rope merchant. In the 18th century, as The Greenland Fishery, it was an inn used by Lynn’s whaling fleet sailors.
A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

Clifton House and Tower

Two medieval merchant’s houses combined in a Tudor building and remodelled in the 18th century. It houses a 5-storey Elizabethan Watchtower to rear.
A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

Thoresby College

A fine Tudor building, incorporating a beautiful courtyard, Thoresby College originally housed the priests of the Trinity Guild.
A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

The Custom House

An elegant classical building designed by Henry Bell. Built in 1683 and opened as a merchants exchange in 1685.
A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

The Walks and Red Mount Chapel

An historic town park, with tree lined avenues, open daily. You will also find the unique 15th century Red Mount Chapel in the Walks, a grade 1 listed ancient scheduled monument. Building currently closed to visitors.
A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

St Nicholas’ Chapel

England’s largest surviving Parochial Chapel. 15th century wooden roof features a series of beautifully carved angels. Mostly open from July to September, but at certain days out-of-season.
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South Gate

An imposing 15th Century gateway, and Grade 1 Listed Ancient Scheduled Monument. The last major piece of Lynn’s fortifications. Building currently closed to visitors
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Alive Corn Exchange

A corn market hall, built in 1854. View its dramatic classical facade. The Corn Exchange was converted to a concert hall in 1996 and now a popular venue for a variety of shows and concerts.
A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

Hampton Court

Built in the 14th century as a house and warehouse by a wealthy merchant, later wings were added in the 15th and 17th centuries. It is now restored.
A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

The Library

An Edwardian public library funded and opened by philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. Open Monday to Saturday.
A daytime shot of King's Lynn Minster in the sunshine.

All Saints Church

The church’s foundations date back to Saxon times but it was largely rebuilt in the 14th century. The Nave retains the original massive tie beams and queen posts of the medieval church, together with other medieval architectural features.
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The Lynn Museum

Recently restored Victorian Union Baptist Chapel. The museum tells the story of west Norfolk. Step back in time as you walk into the world of Seahenge, the astonishing Bronze Age timber circle that forms the museum’s stunning centrepiece.
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Greyfriars Tower

Greyfriars Tower is one of only 3 remaining in the country. The tower is a key landmark in King’s Lynn and it owes its survival to this as, for centuries, it proved useful as a seamark for traders and sailors navigating the difficult waters of The Wash.

Discover more about King’s Lynn

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Heritage Open Day

This event is a fantastic opportunity to learn more about King’s Lynn’s rich history and heritage. Explore historic buildings, cemeteries, towers, and more…
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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…
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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.
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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.