Kings Lynn – A forgotten treasure

Kings Lynne is a market town and sea port in Norfolk in the East of England. Although often overlooked as a tourist town, a trip to Norfolk is a great chance to get to see what the town has to offer. A cottage to rent in Norfolk is a great way to get the perfect balance between getting away from it all and visiting the towns and cities of Norwich, Great Yarmouth and Kings Lynn as well as time spent on the Norfolk Broads. So, here is my guide to a day out in Kings Lynn:

Red Mount Chapel
flickr by saltgeorge

Although the history of Kings Lynn is industrial with a huge emphasis on fishing and its port, King's Lynn has many beautiful and historic buildings as well as parks and green spaces. In recent years it has also undergone a multi-million pound regeneration scheme. The largest of the parks is The Walks, a 17 hectare urban park in the centre of King's Lynn. It is lovely to enjoy this historic park with a picnic and enjoy the views. A highlight of the park is Red Mount Chapel. This three story building is grade one listed and is open to the public during the day.

Greyfriar's Tower, King's Lynn - Norfolk. Further into the town, the Corn Exchange is a grade two listed building that was converted into a theatre in 1996 and is now a fantastic place to catch a play or musical performance. The Greyfriars Tower which was originally part of a monastery is now informally referred to as 'the leaning tower of Lynn’ because of the way that it leans to one side, but don’t worry, it’s not about to collapse! Recent work has stabilised the building as the people of Kings Lynn are keen to ensure it doesn’t disappear from the skyline.

One final favourite is a trip to the Tales of the Old Gaol House. With the help of an audio guide this is a chance to explore a 1930s police station. It takes you into the old cells and tells the story of the town’s prisoners with all the sounds and smells of prison life.

Greyfriars Tower flickr photo by brighton.

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