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 BEST WAY to discover KING’S LYNN when STAYING in JARDINE APARTMENT
Explore the historic Hanseatic town of King’s Lynn, which has a wealth of magnificent buildings and architecture.
If you are staying in Jardine Apartment in King’s Lynn, you have an ideal chance to leave your car on the driveway and indulge yourself with a lovely route via West Lynn Ferry straight into the heart of King’s Lynn. Ferry runs every 20 min from 6.45 till 18.30 (to come back).
King’s Lynn was one of England’s most important ports from the 12th century and this maritime past is still very much in evidence today.
The focal point of historic King’s Lynn is The Custom House which has a display on the town’s links with the Hanseatic League.
Well-preserved Custom House was designed by Henry Bell and built in 1683. It started as a merchants’ exchange in 1685 and was used as a custom house until early 1700s. Inside there are elegant rooms and fascinating maritime tales including about Nelson, Vancouver and smugglers
The Hanseatic League
The Hanseatic League, a powerful trading organisation made up of merchants from North Germany and neighbouring countries around the Baltic Sea, contributed greatly to King’s Lynn’s prosperity as trading privileges were established. The geographical position and inland waterway system made it ideal for European trading from Baltic and English Coastal ports.
There is one notable person to highlight… If you are in King’s Lynn you can’t miss the statue of Captain George Vancouver in front of Custom House. He discovered the North West Passage and he gave his name to Canada’s Pacific Coast city in British Columbia – Vancouver! (The East Wind, an ‘unusual’ guide to Norfolk by Jane Hales has a potted history about the sea captain which makes a fascinating read indeed.)
At the heart of the medieval old town, magnificent King’s Lynn Minster dominates the Saturday Market Place which also features the distinctive Trinity Guildhall and historic Town Hall, home to Stories of Lynn.
Stories of King’s Lynn is King’s Lynn’s new attraction which tells the stories of the town and its people over more than 800 years of history.
Take a short walk past the grand buildings and merchants’ houses of Queen Street and King Street, towards the magnificent Tuesday Market Place, probably one of England’s grandest squares and home to the Corn Exchange, now a thriving concert hall.
Just a short walk from here is the magnificent St Nicholas’ Chapel and nearby True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum.
Take a stroll along King’s Lynn’s historic waterfront beside the River Great Ouse. Stop for a meal or refreshments and watch out for boats arriving at the visitor pontoons. Be sure to visit after dusk and watch King’s Lynn’s stunning Lynn Lumière light projections.