Local Area

Local Area

 

West Norfolk is an area of natural outstanding beauty with a diverse mixture of towns, villages, businesses, countryside and coastline.

King's Lynn is a town and port in Norfolk. It is situated mainly on the east bank of the River Great Ouse,  close to the point where it flows into the Wash. From King's Lynn you can explore the beautiful Norfolk & Suffolk Broads and the glorious North Norfolk Coast.    It is situated 97 miles north of London and 44 miles west of Norwich. 


The Hanseatic town of King’s Lynn was one of England’s most important ports from as early as the 12th century and this maritime past is still very much in evidence today. Fine  old merchants’ houses stretch down to the river between cobbled lanes and the elegant Custom House overlooks the harbour. The town’s heritage is reflected in an amazing array of historic buildings and at two magnificent market places: Saturday Market Place, where St Margaret’s Church , designated as a Minster Church in 2011 by the Bishop of Norwich, is surrounded by splendid buildings and Tuesday Market Place, quite possibly one of England’s grandest squares.King’s Lynn offers a fine programme of cultural and entertainment events and facilities including the impressive live entertainment venue of the Corn Exchange, performance and striking visual arts at the King’s Lynn Arts Centre and the Majestic cinema. The renowned King’s Lynn Festival and popular free festival ‘Festival Too’ are just some of the great events in this festival town. The town’s added sports and leisure facilities and its award winning park and gardens all add to the experience that visitors can enjoy.

King’s Lynn’s popular town centre offers an extensive pedestrianised shopping area with ample parking close by. The Vancouver Quarter offers a modern shopping experience that sits well next to the traditional shopping areas of the town and are complemented by the regular markets which take place in its two historic market places.

The Council opened floating pontoons for visitor moorings at South Quay adjacent King’s Lynn’s historic  waterfront in August 2013. The pontoons provide a welcome mooring location for visitors wanting to visit the Wash or inland waterways.