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         KINGS LYNN AREA - HISTORY AND INFORMATION

                                                           

King's Lynn is an historic medieval port dating back to the 12th century, situated on the River Great Ouse.

 

King's Lynn's was home to Captain George Vancouver, born in the town in 1757. His voyages took him most famously, to Canada, where he founded the town, which now bears his name. Burnham Thorpe, north of King's Lynn, is the birthplace of England's most celebrated sailor, Admiral Lord Nelson.

At the heart of the old town, and overshadowed by the 12th century church of St. Margaret, is the Saturday Market Place. Here the chequered-fronted Trinity Guild-Hall is the home of Tales of the Old Gaol House, which tells the stories of some of Lynn's more infamous characters in the original cells of the town gaol. Also housed here is the Regalia collection, whose exhibits feature a series of facsimile royal charters and the priceless King John Cup.

 North of Kings Lynn, on the banks of the wash is the North Norfolk victorian coastal town of Hunstanton, an area of natural beauty with miles of untouched sandy beaches with some of the best nature reserves and golf courses in the UK.

 A famous landmark is the old lighthouse perched high on the old Hunstanton cliff tops which these days has become a holiday home which can be rented by tourists and what a view ! Hunstanton boasts a sealife centre, amusement park, Seares holiday resort and some great pubs and restaurants. Children can also enjoy donkey rides along the beach. 

As well as its many elegant merchants' houses and medieval riverside storerooms, King's Lynn also boasts England's only surviving Hanseatic Warehouse, but the most famous monument to maritime prosperity is the Custom house, built by Henry Bell in 1683, which overlooks the River Great Ouse from Purfleet Quay. It houses a special display of the maritime history of King's Lynn, as well as the tourist information Centre.

The varied history of everyday King's Lynn is celebrated through the town. At the town House Museum, life in Lynn is recreated in Tudor, Stuart and Georgian displays, a Victorian Kitchen and a 1950's sitting room.

At the Lynn Museum you can see the paw print of a Roman dog, antique fairground horses, and a special collection of Nelson memorabilia.

King's Lynn has maintained its thriving commercial heart and relative prosperity. While the winding streets and alleys of the old town remain intact, Lynn also boasts an extensive, pedestrianised shopping area, with a lively combination of national retailers, specialist shops and family businesses. Lynn still has bustling markets held on the informatively named Tuesday and Saturday Market Places.

The Corn Exchange - is a grade II Listed Building on the Tuesday Market Place, home to a multi-purpose venue for concert and community use. Close by is the King's Lynn Arts Centre, a more intimate venue hosting a wide programme of comedy, music and cinema.

Kings' Lynn is host to the splendid King's Morris who parade through the town on high days and holidays, and the oldest fair in the country - the King's Lynn Mart, now a bustling fun fare, takes over the Tuesday Market Place for a fortnight every February.

Families who enjoy sport are well served, Lynnsport is the biggest sporting and leisure complex in East Anglia. The King's Lynn Sports Centre has facilities like a climbing wall, squash courts and a multi-purpose sports hall.

Much of it designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the West Norfolk coastline is a mass of sand dunes, reed beds and clear horizons, crying out to be explored on foot or by bicycle.

 Old Hunstanton, Brancaster and Holkham, in particular, have lovely beaches, rimmed by acres of pale sand and perfect for a variety of activities from kite flying to cricket. Boat trips are available from several points along the coast, and bicycles can be hired locally to follow the newly formed Norfolk Coast Cycleway, which runs from King's Lynn to Cromer.

 

KINGS LYNN & WEST NORFOLK TOURIST INFORMATION

    

THE ANGEL PUB IS SITUATED JUST 4 MILES SOUTH OF KINGS LYNN TOWN CENTRE JUST OFF THE A10 IN THE VILLAGE OF WATLINGTON

  

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