King's Lynn is a vibrant town, full of historic buildings, which is part of the Hanseatic League.  King's Lynn has number of fairs and festivals throughout the year including two of the UK's best music festivals each July - the King's Lynn Festival (for classical music and the arts, established 1951) and Festival Too (one of Europe's biggest free popular music festivals).

There is a great deal of interesting sites to see on foot, take a walk around it. Go to the Ouse riversides and see the customs house and take time to walk around the older streets beyond the town hall. There are some beautiful buildings here which have been used in many BBC adaptations of Charles Dickens books. Locals may talk with a funny accent but they're friendly and helpful and can tell you lots of ghost stories even stories about the old mediaeval witch scenes.

  • Tuesday Market place - steeped in history and holds the Tuesday Market which used to be the hub of the town. Renovated in 2013 and the market traders are operating in the streets.
  • Each February 14th - 28th it's home to The Mart, (the start of the travelling fun fairs that opens with readings from the Royal Charter by which it is bound).
  •   Duke's Head Hotel, also on the market place, said to be haunted by many ghosts.
  • The Corn Exchange which re-opened as an  events Centre in the mid 1990's. The Grade II listed facade is a testimony to the splendour of Victorian architecture which now fronts a state of the art, multipurpose venue.The attractive and comfortable auditorium has flexible seating (max 733 seats) or a large, open space to accommodate1200 standing - a flexibility which allows it to host a varied range of events from classical concerts to conferences, craft fairs to stand up comedy.
  • The Guildhall of St John (part of the King's Lynn Arts Centre) which is thought to be the largest surviving mediaeval Guildhall in England, still regularly used to host music, drama and film performances.
  • The Witch's Heart - look above the big white door in the middle of the row of offices (opp the estate agents etc... and not on the corn exchange or Duke's Head block). Above the door is a heart - said to be a curse that the next person to  walk through the door  will die left by a non witch when she was burnt alive in that area. When a new front was put on the building the door and heart stayed as a reminder.
  • Kings Lynn museum - now home to Holme Timber Circle (Seahenge) .
  • True's Yard - a good example of the local fishermen's homes now preserved as a museum etc.
  • Custom House - now the tourist office so an essential place to drop in. Stocks gifts and souvenirs as well.
  • Marriott's Warehouse - a fine example of an old Tudor Warehouse, built in the heyday of the Elizabethan age around the 1580s. At the height of King's Lynn's prosperity, this warehouse was the lifeblood of the early town and was used to store corn. Constructed by one of East Anglia's wealthiest corn and salt merchants, Thomas Clayborne using materials from nearby monasteries.
  • The Walks - a beautiful park with duck ponds, a band stand and Red Mount, an old chapel as well as great kids play areas, sporting fields and tennis courts. A beautiful park to walk through, take the kids too and collect 'conkers' (horse chestnuts) in the autumn.
  • Grey Friars - the local leaning tower due to its slant , which with funds, locals are trying to save. It's part of an old monastery and hundreds of years old. It's set in the war memorial gardens behind the library.
  • The library is a stunning Victorian building, given to the town by the philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.
  • Town Hall - a flint chequered building - very rare and very stunning. Only one of its kind in England and dates back hundreds of years.
  • The Lattice House - an ancient timbered building now converted into a JD Wetherspoon pub and restaurant.
  • South Gate - an ancient town  gate tower - open to the public (check dates and times with the tourist office)

 

Out of town

 

  •  West Lynn - only a very short ferry ride away across the River Ouse. Probably the best and cheapest way to get a panoramic view and photographs of the King's Lynn riverside.
  • Castle Rising - a very beautiful and old castle built in 1140 and in the custody of English Heritage.  In ruins now but visitors can visual the site and examine the thick walls and see the old moat. Set in a beautiful village with a lovely pub - The Black Horse for a warming drink!
  • Peckover House, Wisbech - a National Trust property. The house and grounds feature in BBC period films as does The Castle another period property in the centre of The Crescent, a Georgian development built on the site of the moat.
  • Wisbech & Fenland museum, Wisbech - superb museum for a small town.