Heritage Open Day


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This yearly event is a fantastic opportunity to explore King’s Lynn’s historic buildings. The town celebrated this special day once again on Sunday 11th September 2016, having had well over 60 places of interest to see during the day. There was a Medieval Market happening across the whole weekend on the Saturday Market Place, with a ‘Classic Cars’ event in the town on Sunday too, making King’s Lynn’s Heritage Open Day a bumper event of history and heritage.

The King’s Lynn Civic Society working with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk, the King’s Lynn Town Guides, local businesses, residents and Friends groups arranged another jam-packed programme of open buildings, cemeteries and towers and tunnels with lots of special events, talks and exhibitions.

A guaranteed day of fun for all the family, and the chance to have a sneak peek at buildings not normally open to the public, included a very popular World War II Air Raid Shelter underneath Tuesday Market Place. There is also a veteran bus arranged each year, free for everyone to use on the day. So, if you feel that some places are a bit far to get to on foot, simply hop on the bus (see bus stops and timetable information in the 2016 programme for the schedule and stops for this free bus route).

The King’s Lynn 2016 Heritage Open Day Programme, containing more information about all the kinds of fascinating things that visitors can see and do during Heritage Open Day, is still available to download.

Update to the Programme

There was an additional venue which is part of the Heritage Open Day in King’s Lynn, added after the programme went to press;

Highgate Methodist Church

This is a pleasing, though unadorned, building of 1850.  Unchanged on the outside it is very different inside, simple but comfortable for worship.  The Primitive Methodists were particularly successful in evangelising agricultural and industrial workers in open meetings.

Find out more…

History of King’s Lynn

Architecture of King’s Lynn

Attractions Around King’s Lynn

Leisure, Arts & Entertainment in King’s Lynn

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