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About King's Lynn
King’s Lynn is a market town, and the third largest town in Norfolk. But it was once one of the UK’s most important ports, known as ‘the Warehouse on the Wash’- supposedly in the town’s heyday you could walk across the river Ouse just by stepping from boat to boat, though these days you can use the ferry. And these days the beautiful churches and winding streets, lined with impressive merchant’s houses - now some of the best places to stay in King’s Lynn - remain as proof of the town’s wealth and importance.
But the markets are still pretty lively and it’s not just history and architecture visitors come here for. There’s also a fascinating collection of museums, and two theatres, and King’s Lynn is well positioned for visits to Sandringham and several other great country houses.
What not to Miss
One of King’s Lynn’s market days supposedly dates back to the 12th century. The tide clock on St Margaret’s Church is a reminder of this town’s maritime history and the Georgian Market Place has a gruesome reminder of the local ‘witch’s heart’ legend carved into its brickwork (it’s also where they used to hold the public executions). Greyfriars Tower, the impressive Town Hall and two Guildhalls are also definitely worth a visit.
The Tuesday and Friday Markets are held in the Georgian Market Places and the Saturday Market is held in the Saturday Market Place. Try the local brown shrimp, (Tuesdays and Saturday), the fruit and veg (Friday), and the cakes and preserves (Friday).
King’s Lynn is close to the beauty of the North Norfolk Coast and the tranquility of the Norfolk Broads.
The Best Places to Stay in King’s Lynn
- Bank House is a beautiful, listed, Georgian townhouse, turned bank, turned charming eleven room hotel. This is still one of the most impressive buildings in the heart of King’s Lynn, with individually styled rooms, splendid river views and a lovely brasserie, which is open all day.
The Best B&Bs in King’s Lynn
- Magazine Wood is a friendly, three room B&B in Hunstanton, just outside King’s Lynn and within a short walk of the dramatic north Norfolk coast. Great for relaxing, they arrange hot food to order, though you’re surrounded by renowned restaurants.
King’s Lynn’s Best Pubs with Rooms
- Guests at the Dabbling Duck get charming, characterful rooms and an excellent restaurant which specialises in game. The surrounding countryside is beautiful, and great for birdwatchers.
The Best Places to Stay in King’s Lynn for Couples
- Narborough Hall is a dreamy Tudor hall set against beautiful, formal gardens. There are just five rooms, all with large ornate beds and exposed wood floors, and the restaurant serves food grown in their own Victorian walled gardens.
For a Self-catering Option
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- Norwich International Airport is about an hours drive out of the centre of town, and from here you’re easily connected to the rest of the world via Amsterdam or London, but also Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Guernsey, Jersey and Manchester. You can also travel via ferry from Amsterdam or Rotterdam to Harwich, or catch the train up from London via Kings Cross Station.
- If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in King’s Lynn and you want to see more of Norfolk - we recommend you visit our online partner, Holiday Autos.
- July and August are Norfolk’s warmest months, with temperatures between 12 and 23°C. October and November have the most rain.
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Best Hotels in King's Lynn
Bank House 11 rooms from $150King's Lynn, Norfolk
A friendly well-run hotel in a Georgian townhouse. Rooms have fresh contemporary interiors yet still with an air of tradition seen in the pleasingly uneven walls and beamed ceilings. The brasserie has a well deserved local following. Excellently placed for both business and local exploring.Local exploring - Overlooking King’s Staithe Square and the quay it's ideally placed to explore this pretty Georgian town.Birdwatching - The RSPB reserves of Snettisham and Titchwell are just a short drive away, as are the North Coast beaches.Great walks - Jump on the ferry across the Ouse to get to the Peter Scott Walk around the edge of The Wash.Local markets - Check out Kings Lynn town centre with plenty of artisan shops and boutique stores.Recommended by - Good Hotel Guide